HCHS soccer girls dominate Rams
HARLAN (April 19) -- It was another busy night for Raegen Wicks and another dominant win for the Harlan Community girls soccer team.
Three days after shutting out Riverside 8-0, the HCHS girls blanked Greene County by the same score on a cold Monday evening at Merrill Field, improving to 2-2 on the season.
Wicks scored four goals for the second straight game and assisted three others, taking 12 total shots and nine shots on goal. As a team, the Cyclones outshot the Rams 46-1 overall and 31-1 on goal in a truly one-sided affair.
Greene County dropped to 0-4 overall.
“It was a chilly night, but I thought we improved from Friday against Riverside and looked to possess the ball more often and were able to find an open teammate,” said HCHS head coach Jared Boysen.
“Defensively, we did a better job of finding somebody to pass it to and keeping possession more often rather than just giving it right back to them. It has been good to be on the other end of (two) consecutive 8-0 games [after losing to Glenwood 8-0] and I feel like we are gaining some confidence and experience that we will need going into a tougher stretch of games in the middle of our season.”
The opening 10 minutes of the match saw Wicks place two left-footed goals into the left corner of the net, then assist Darbie Argotsinger’s goal with a corner kick.
Following a 15-minute “drought” of sorts, Wicks made it 4-0 with some good footwork and another shot past the Ram goalie from short range. Moments later, Hailey Good became the second Cyclone freshman to score on the night, volleying in a nice assist from Wicks with 13:52 left in the first half. Kaia Bieker scored six minutes later and Harlan went to halftime up 6-0.
The Cyclones played a lot of junior varsity players in the second half against the shorthanded Rams and added two more goals. Wicks scored her fourth goal in the 54th minute and Good scored her second goal in the 58th minute.
“Hailey Good gained a lot of confidence in the [Carroll] JV Tournament on Saturday and was able to score her first two varsity goals,” Boysen noted. “Raegen was dominant up front, not only scoring four goals in two consecutive games, but she was also looking to set up her teammates to score.”
Good ranked second on the team with seven total shots and six shots on goal vs. Greene County. Bieker, Samantha Ineson and Argotsinger all took five shots and Makayla Burchett added four.
Ram freshman goalie Kaylee Stalder made some nice stops among 23 total saves.
Girls Soccer • April 19 • at Harlan
Harlan Community 8, Greene County 0
HCHS: Raegen Wicks goal (unassisted) - 1st half, 4th minute.
HCHS: Raegen Wicks goal (unassisted) - 1st half, 8th minute.
HCHS: Darbie Argotsinger goal (Raegen Wicks assist) - 1st half, 10th minute.
HCHS: Raegen Wicks goal (unassisted) - 1st half, 25th minute.
HCHS: Hailey Good goal (Raegen Wicks assist) - 1st half, 27th minute.
HCHS: Kaia Bieker goal (unassisted) - 1st half, 33rd minute.
HCHS: Raegen Wicks goal (Samantha Ineson assist) - 2nd half, 54th minute.
HCHS: Hailey Good goal (Raegen Wicks assist) - 2nd half, 58th minute.
Total Shots: HCHS 46 (Raegen Wicks 12, Hailey Good 7, Kaia Bieker 5, Sami Ineson 5, Darbie Argotsinger 5, Makayla Burchett 4, Ava Miller 2, Adrian Irlbeck 2, Macy Reischl 1, Claire Schmitz 1, Vanessa Schechinger 1, Ella Plagman 1), GC 1.
Shots on Goal: HCHS 31 (Wicks 9, Good 6, Bieker 4, Argotsinger 3, Ineson 3, Plagman 1, Reischl 1, Burchett 1, Schechinger 1, Irlbeck 1, Schmitz 1), GC 1.
Goalie Saves: HCHS 1 (Lexi Musich 1), GC 23 (Kaylee Stalder 23).
Corner Kicks: HCHS 16, GC 0.
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