By Colin Mather
Mound Westonka girls soccer lost three games in a row in the last two weeks and fell to a 1-4 record overall. What gets lost in the headlines is that three losses have been by one goal and that the White Hawks have made great strides this year to close the gap with their opponents.
MWHS played in Orono last week, and this would predictably be the White Hawks’ only one-sided loss of the season so far. Orono is a perennial soccer power in the region, and this year is no exception. Goals flew in at regular intervals, and the final score was Orono 5, MWHS 0.
Westonka’s next game was at Providence Academy on Sept. 8. This was an enthralling contest that could have gone either way. Providence moved ahead 2-0 before the White Hawks tied it up on the back of goals from junior captain Libby McCue and sophomore Alicia Hatlestad. Providence scored to go up 3-2 before MWHS tied it again when junior Megan Wanner buried a cross from sophomore Taylor Dallman. Providence scored the final goal of the contest in the 60th minute. Final score: Providence Academy 4, MWHS 3.
The White Hawks’ last game was against Holy Family on Sept. 11 in rain and wind on a raw fall evening. MWHS gifted Holy Family the opening goal after a defensive mixup in the third minute. Westonka stayed in the game and got the equalizer at the 16-minute mark when sophomore Hailey Salwei was able to convert on a chance created by a long shot from senior captain Grace Carlson.
The White Hawks then pulled ahead 2-1 when junior captain Libby McCue converted a cross from junior Anna Elliot. Holy Family would then turn on the heat and scored the next two goals. Final score: Holy Family 3, MWHS 2.