Season ends with solid effort for NB JV girls soccer

Sophomore Amanda Kocurek, leading scorer for the Vikings JV squad, winds up to shoot in the Irondale game. Photo supplied Forward Sarah Honrud, a freshman, races to the ball in a match-up against Cambridge-Isanti. Photo supplied Sophomore defender Greta Dupslaff kicks the ball for the Vikings, while freshman keeper Kori Laszcwski looks on in the Park game. Photo supplied Vikings defend their net on a corner kick against Princeton. Photo supplied Sophomore forward Maddie Anderson displays her hand-to-foot combat skills during the Rogers game. Photo supplied
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Sophomore defender Greta Dupslaff kicks the ball for the Vikings, while freshman keeper Kori Laszcwski looks on in the Park game. Photo supplied

A 1-1 tie in Monticello on Oct. 3 ended the season for the North Branch JV girls soccer team. Still, with a 5-7-2 record, coach Don Osland felt it was a successful season, overall.

Many of the girls had not played together before this year, he noted, but they really came together as the season went on. There were a few mid-season injuries that challenged the team and made the younger players take a more focused role on the field.

“I am proud that with the wins and losses we stayed together and grew as a team on and off the field, and look forward to next year,” said Osland, whose commitment to the team has been appreciated by the players, parents and school.