Cyclones advance to second round with OT win
With five and a half minutes remaining in overtime, Sophomore Cyclone Aubrey Schwieso knocked in the game winning goal past Freshman Treynor goalkeeper Zoey Zadalis securing a 2-1 win, punching their ticket to the Class 1A – Region 5 game against St. Albert Tuesday at Merrill Field.
“We talked about it to begin with,” said Cyclones Head Coach Jared Boysen. “We couldn’t look at their record and say they’re not going to be a good team. We knew they play really good competition and I give them a lot of credit.”
Treynor struck first when Morgan Brown scored giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead, putting the Cyclones in an early hole. The Cyclones kept their defense strong, keeping themselves down just 1-0 at the half.
“We needed to be more aggressive,” Schwieso said. “They were beating us on most balls and getting in front of them, stopping their passes, staying on their feet. We knew we could it, we just had to get going a bit and I think we did.”
A few minutes into the second half, the Cyclones got its first goal courtesy of Schwieso who tied the game at 1.
Both sides continued to make stops preventing the other side from scoring, including Hailey Good who played goalkeeper for the Cyclones during the first half and Grace Albertson who took over in the second half.
“We trust both of them back there,” Schwieso added. “It’s awesome to have Hailey on the field and we’re so happy to have Grace back at goalie. You can trust both of them. They made some outstanding stops and we’re super excited to see them back there.”
Regulation ended with the game tied at 1. But with 5-plus minutes remaining in overtime, Schwieso once again scored, winning the game 2-1 as the Cyclones celebrated on the field in front of their fans.
With this win, they return to Merrill Field Tuesday night at 7 p.m. to take on the St. Albert Saintes. The Saintes will be looking for redemption after dropping their match at home April 3 to the Cyclones 2-1.
They are led by Ella Klusman with 27 goals, Lily Krohn with 9 assists and goalkeeper Sophie Sheffield with 140 saves.
“It’s going to be very similar,” Boysen said. “They’re a real strong team. We knew coming into these it’s going to be a tough road. We’ve got a tough first round and then the next one is going to be about the same. I think we’ve had that throughout the year and I think they can believe that we can win those games.”