The Worthington Trojans boys soccer team avenged their 4-1 loss at the Marshall Tigers earlier this month by shutting them out 4-0 Tuesday night at Trojan Field.
The Trojans, ranked ninth in the state in Class AA, and the Tigers, ranked 10th, played evenly for a good portion of the first half. With 14:46 remaining before the break, though, Carlos Castillo booted a shot that beat Marshall goalkeeper Roberto Garcia to his left for a 1-0 WHS edge.
It was less than two minutes later that the Trojans struck again, when Charles Saydee made an outstanding pass to Jonathan Banegas for another goal and a 2-0 Worthington lead. It was Banegas getting another goal – this time on a penalty shot – with 5:09 left before intermission to make it a 3-0 Trojan lead.
Worthington got its lone goal of the second half when Daniel Garcia headed a ball into the net following a long, well-timed Banegas pass to make it 4-0. That came with just 3:07 remaining in the match.
In girls soccer Tuesday, the Trojans played at Marshall and were defeated 8-0. The Worthington girls play at Waseca on Thursday night, while the Trojan boys are home that same evening to face the Bluejays.
The Worthington girls tennis team was on the road Tuesday afternoon to play a match against New Prague, which the home team won 7-0. All of the matches were decided in straight sets.
The Worthington High School boys cross country team took first place Tuesday at the Warrior Invite in Slayton, edging Murray County Central/Fulda by a score of 49 points to 50.
Fanuel Wolday posted a lopsided win for the Trojans in the varsity, recording a time of 16:48 that placed him 1:06 ahead of his closest competitor. Also finishing in the top 10 for Worthington were Austin Kinser in fifth and Asrat Bonnett in seventh. Isaac Kinser was 11th for WHS, Caleb Meyer was 25th and Welbaka Morke 27th. Area runners earning top five finishes, meanwhile, were Evan Baumgardner of MCC/Fulda (third) and Tim Salentiny of Heron Lake-Okabena (fourth).
Brylei Schreier’s fourth-place effort and Sophia Nelson’s fifth-place finish led MCC/Fulda to first place as a team in the girls race. Worthington, which wound up seventh, got a 15th-place finish from Madison Sieve. Kenadie Thiner was 25th, Anna Gordon 43rd and Iris Ramirez 45th .
The Luverne Cardinals got past the visiting Worthington Trojans 3-2 in high school girls volleyball Tuesday night. Game scores were 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-9.
Madison Beckmann led the Trojans in kills with 17 and in blocks with five. Abryana Erwin tied for the team lead in digs with 12 and had a WHS-best three ace serves. Addison Gerber had 12 digs, nine kills, two ace serves and 33 set assists. Jayden Spartz contributed 10 kills and 10 digs, and Janessa Hamman had 11 kills and a block.
WHS, now 8-10, will play host to St. Peter on Thursday night.
In area high school volleyball Tuesday night, it was:
Cleveland 3, Martin County West 0
Adrian-Ellsworth 3, Southwest Minnesota Christian 1
Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 3, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 0
Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 3, Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey 0
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 3, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 0
Murray County Central 3, Hills-Beaver Creek 0
Redwood Valley 3, Pipestone Area 0
Waseca 3, Fairmont 0
Marshall 3, Mankato West 0
MOC-Floyd Valley 3, Sheldon 0
Rock Valley 3, Okoboji 0
West Lyon 3, Sibley-Ocheyedan 0
Trinity Christian 3, Harris-Lake Park 0