September 13, 2023 at 6:00 a.m.
The Albany Huskies girls soccer team remains undefeated following its 2-1 win over Apollo Sept. 11 at Apollo High School in St. Cloud
It was also the first game this season where the Huskies allowed a goal. All of their five previous wins were shutouts.
Kylan Gerads and Savanna Pelzer scored Albany’s goals, both in the first half. Credited with assists were Callie Holthaus and Bekah Domke.
Alyssa Sand had seven saves in goal.
Apollo’s goal came midway in the second half.
Hutchinson 5, Melrose 0
The Melrose Area Lady Dutchmen fell to Hutchinson 5-0 Sept. 11 at Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson.
The Lady Dutchmen were on defense most of the game. Tia Primus finished with 24 saves. Nataline Ambriz Botello had two shots on goal and Megan Martinez worked free for one shot on goal.
Albany 7, Melrose 0
Pelzer knows how to have a memorable birthday.
The Huskie forward scored five goals on her special day in Albany’s 7-0 win over Melrose Sept. 7 at Melrose Area High School in Melrose. Her speed enabled her to either break away from defenders or race to open spots for passes from Holthaus.
“We have speed and are strategic on who goes where, so it helps out,” said Samantha Tate, co-head coach.
The win put Albany at 5-0. It has yet to surrender a goal this season.
“We have a strong defensive line that plays together,” said Peter Maas, co-head coach. “They communicate well and cover each other. Having a tall, athletic goalie helps.”
Goalie Sand had seven saves in the game. For most of it, though, she was watching Albany move the ball into the Melrose zone and work for open shots. Eva Schwenzfeier scored the Huskies’ other two goals.
Albany scored four in the first half and three in the second. Lady Dutchmen goalie Tia Primus had 14 saves.
Albany 2, St. John’s Prep 0
The Huskies traveled to the College of St. Benedict soccer fields in St. Joseph and came away with a 2-0 win over St. John’s Prep Sept. 5.
Gerads and Madison Ramler scored Albany’s goals, both coming in the second half.
Assisting on the goals were Holthaus and Pelzer.
Sand had eight saves.
Little Falls 9, Melrose 0
The Lady Dutchmen fell 9-0 to Little Falls Sept. 5 at Melrose Area High School in Melrose.
The Flyers used their size and speed to score quickly, taking a 5-0 lead before the 10-minute mark of the first half. Melrose stiffened its defense but was almost always playing in its own end. Little Falls added a penalty kick and another goal before the half ended.
Because of an injury, Melrose used two goalies, who were kept busy. Pamela Martinez Montanez had 10 saves and Primus 12.
In the second half the Lady Dutchmen allowed only two goals. Head coach Cecilia Montañez credited that to the team’s willingness to learn.
“They played better,” she said. “We talked about what they had to do and they listened.”