St. Louis Park senior Rafferty Kugler dribbles up field against Bloomington Kennedy. Kugler had two goals in the 5-0 win. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine
According to the book, Rafferty Kugler dominated Tuesday night’s west metro game between St. Louis Park and Bloomington Kennedy.
According to Kugler, she doesn’t really care.
St. Louis Park (5-1-0) defeated Bloomington Kennedy (4-3-0) in a 5-0 battle of the Metro West Conference Tuesday night at Bloomington Stadium to continue its four-game winning streak.
Kugler, the senior forward, scored twice for the Orioles. Each were the first goals of the halves. But the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee commit has her head set on something much higher than the statbook: her teammates.
Last year, she valued the numbers too much. This year, she plans on being a captain who leads well, plays aggressive, and is a team player less concentrated on the goals made or the shots attempted. After all, it’s her last year with the girls she’s been playing alongside since elementary school.
The Orioles came into the year with a sour taste in their mouths from last season -- losing to Hopkins in the first round of sections. But this year they’ve got a target on their backs, as they’re ranked second in the Class 1A Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaching Association. St. Louis Park coach Benjamin Kent said the key is to play like that target doesn’t exist, to stay focused.
“We’ve got to keep our confidence, intensity, mental toughness and quality of play high,” Kent says.
His next goal for the Orioles is to beat Benilde-St. Margaret's, which usually tops the Metro West conference.
Bloomington Kennedy coach Mario Lione is disappointed with the outcome, but he remains optimistic.
“We played with confidence tonight,” he said. “And we were able to bounce back from our mistakes. I’m happy about that.”
Sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Kent, senior midfielder Malaika Bigrindavyi and senior forward Rosa Sigrunardottir also scored for St. Louis Park, and senior goalie Olivia Massie secured seven saves.
Eagles senior goalie Julia Monson made 10 saves in her 80 minutes of playing time.
Junior forward Samantha Husting shoots against St. Louis Park. Bloomington Kennedy fell 5-0. Photo by Carter Jones, SportsEngine
St. Louis Park easily handled Bloomington Kennedy (4-3-0) in a 5-0 Metro West battle to continue its four-game winning streak Tuesday evening at Bloomington Stadium. The Orioles (5-1-0) came out of the gate with an early goal by senior forward Rafferty Kugler in the ninth minute.
Sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Kent scored for St. Louis Park during the 39th minute of play to wedge a two-goal gap between the Orioles and Eagles -- a gap which continued to widen throughout the game. St. Louis Park’s second-half goals were scored by Kugler, senior midfielder Malaika Bigrindavyi and senior Rosa Sigrunardottir.
The Orioles, ranked No. 2 in the Class 1A Minnesota State High School Soccer Association, shot against senior Bloomington Kennedy goalie Julia Monson, who made ten saves in her 80 minutes of playing time.
Junior forward Samantha Husting stood out for the Eagles with three shots on goal.
Orioles senior goalie Olivia Massie secured seven saves.
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