Wayzata senior midfielder Ben Luedtke scores on a header to put the Trojans up 1-0 against Prior Lake at Wayzata High School on Saturday. The Trojans defeated the Lakers 2-1. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
After a first half where his players had outshot and outchanced the opponent, but couldn’t manage to break through and score, Wayzata coach Dominic Duenas talked things over with his team and made the right adjustments at halftime.
“I liked the energy, and I especially like how our backs played,” Duenas said. “We just needed to do a better job of collecting the ball, and we focused on that and it allowed us to connect a few more passes.”
The tweaks made at halftime worked, as Wayzata, ranked No. 5 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, tallied a pair of second-half goals to defeat Prior Lake 2-1 at Wayzata High School.
In the second half, the Trojans (3-1, 0-0) continued controlling the ball, which served them well in the first half and into the opening moments minutes of the second half, eventually forcing Prior Lake into the first mistake that Wayzata could capitalize on. A ball was knocked out of bounds over the Prior Lake defensive endline, and Trojans senior Evan McGoogan headed to the corner to put the ball back into play.
“Our seniors do a great job of sending balls in that end up in a great position for us to score,” Duenas said. “After that, it’s up to the other players to finish, and they’ve done a good job of that.”
Prior Lake Junior goalie Griffin Frum makes a save against Wayzata Saturday afternoon at Wayzata High School. Photo by Gary Mukai, SportsEngine
Halftime proved key for Wayzata on Saturday afternoon. After a first half that saw the Trojans create nearly a dozen chances for the opening goal without success, they finally broke through and converted on a pair of second-half corner kicks to give them a 2-1 win over Prior Lake at Wayzata High School.
The Trojans, ranked No. 5 in Class 2A in the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches poll, got goals from senior captain Ben Luedtke, a midfielder, and sophomore forward Ryan Mahabadi.
Ryan Hadland, a junior forward, tallied the Lakers’ first goal of the season in the 62nd minute, but Prior Lake’s offense just couldn’t generate enough high-leverage chances to catch the Trojans (3-1, 0-0).
Junior goalie Griffin Frum kept Prior Lake (0-3, 0-0) in the game for as long as he could, making 13 saves.
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