Girls soccer shows stamina with win over Two Harbors

Senior Catherine Larson brings the ball down the field against the visiting Eagles, which is ranked No. 3 in the state. Photos by Victoria Dahlin

The Viking girls soccer team beat host Two Harbors on Saturday after being shutout by state-ranked Totino-Grace and St. Francis earlier in the week.

First up, the #3 state ranked Eagles came to visit and left the Vikings with a 4-0 loss. North Branch then traveled to St. Francis where the Fighting Saints sent the girls home with a 10-0 loss on Thursday.

The team would find the win column again, however, when making the long trip north to Two Harbors where they came home triumphant with a 4-1 victory.

Pictured, Rush City senior forward Bayley Ertl fought for the ball in a losing effort at home against No. 3 ranked Totino-Grace. Ranked fourth in the state in goals, her hat trick against Two Harbors last week boosted her total to 13 for the season.

Senior forward Bayley Ertl scored three goals against the Agates to boost her total to 13 for the season and rank her fourth in the state in goals. Scoring the other goal for the Vikings was Kadie Mattson.

And senior goalkeeper Alyssa Rupp also is ranked in the state — fourth with 80 saves.

“We had a tough week this week with losses,” said Coach Doug Larson. “Against Totino we played well but just could not find the back of the net. Then against St. Francis we were beat by a better talented team. Then on Saturday we got back on track with a win. Overall, we are doing really well.”

Junior Kadie Mattson’s goal against Two Harbors helped the Vikings to victory.

The North Branch girls soccer team, with a 5-2-1 record, will face the Chisago Lakes Area Wildcats in Lindstrom at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 before hosting the Irondale Knights at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18.

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