The Worthington Trojans boys soccer team, playing in just their second home match of the season, blanked the Mankato Loyola Crusaders 3-0 on Thursday night to improve to 9-0 on the season.
WHS marked Parents Night prior to the start of the match and took a 2-0 advantage in the first 40 minutes following an early goal from Christian Martinez on a rebound in front of the Crusader net and a goal struck by Alan Flores past a diving Mankato Loyola goalkeeper. In the second half, Jonathan Banegas drilled a shot to the left of the Crusader goalie into the corner of the net to make it 3-0.
The Trojans controlled play for a majority of the game but were victimized by multiple offsides calls – particularly in the first half. Defensively, WHS picked up its sixth shutout of the season.
Ellie Weg had nine kills, eight digs, went 16-for-16 serving with five aces and was credited with 11 blocks as the Worthington Trojans won a girls volleyball match against visiting Fairmont 3-0. Game scores were 25-12, 25-13, 25-18.
Tarren Spartz contributed 10 kills and nine digs for WHS, which won its second straight match this week after edging Redwood Valley 3-2 on Tuesday. Jayden Spartz added five kills, Madison Beckmann had four blocks and Addison Gerber passed for 25 set assists. With the victory, the Trojans are now 4-3 on the season.
In girls tennis, host St. James took care of Worthington 7-0 in a Thursday match.
The closest match of the day for Trojans came at No. 2 singles, where St. James’ Allison Bluedorn topped the Trojans’ Hannah McNab in three sets by scores of 4-6, 6-0, 10-2. All of the other matches were decided in straight sets.
The Worthington Trojans cross country team won their Turkey Trot meet Thursday at the former Prairie View Golf Links site, finishing with a team-score of 33 points. Windom Area was second in the 10-team meet with 67 points and Murray Country Central was third with 73.
Mikele Walu of Worthington captured first in the boys race with a time of 15:38.96. The Trojans’ Fanuel Wolday was second at 15:42.19. Filmon Wolday was fourth at 16:18.9, and Ofbeka Morke was also in the top 10 for the Trojans; he finished eighth in 16:58.42.
In the girls race, Murray County Central’s Amanda Overgaauw won by 48 seconds over her nearest challenger as she completed the course in 17:24.71. The Rebels won the meet with 28 points, with Pipestone Area second at 73 points and Adrian-Ellsworth third at 101.
For the Trojans, who placed 10th as a team, Madison Sieve was the best finisher, taking 25th with a time of 23:51.34. Kenadie Thiner was 35th in 24:41.67. Anaka Wede was 39th, and Florence Balash 45th.
Cristy Banegas scored the first Worthington Trojans girls soccer goal of the season Thursday during a 4-1 loss at Mankato Loyola.
Trailing 2-0 in the first half, Worthington’s Leidy Chavez received a throw-in and maneuvered around the end line of Mankato Loyola. She then sent a crossing pass to Banegas, who was in perfect position to finish the play and score for the Trojans.
Mankato Loyola led 2-1 at halftime and added two more goals over the course of the second 40 minutes to complete the win.
In area high school volleyball Thursday night, it was:
Martin County West 3. ML-GHEC-T 1
Adrian-Ellsworth 3, Murray County Central 2
Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3, Renville County West 0
Southwest Minnesota Christian 3, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 1
Edgerton 3, Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 1
Luverne 3, Windom 2
Sioux Falls Christian 3, Jackson County Central 0
Marshall 3, Alexandria 0
Sheldon 3, Sibley-Ocheyedan 0
MOC Floyd Valley 3, Central Lyon 1
Sioux Center 3, West Lyon 0
George-Little Rock 3, Okoboji 1
South O’Brien 3, Harris-Lake Park 0