GENOA – The Genoa-Kingston girls soccer team survived a defensive match in tough conditions Thursday with a 1-0 win over Winnebago.
Genoa-Kingston improved their record to 12-5-1 and 7-2-1 in Big Northern play with its win over the Indians. Winnebago’s record dropped to 1-9 on the season.
Genoa-Kingston got the lead at the 23-minute mark in the first half with a goal from freshman Maggie Bouque, with an assist from Nicole Hebel. The goal came from good teamwork as multiple players touched the ball before Bouque fired it in the net.
“It was off a corner [kick], it was bouncing around. I got one touch, it played off a player and I just took a shot and it went in,” Bouque said of the goal.
After the goal the match was pretty much even as both teams struggled to get shots off, with the rainy conditions playing a role. There was rain and windy conditions for roughly every minute of the match.
However, Winnebago coach Nick Roman didn’t use the weather as an excuse.
“Both teams had to play in it, and the way this spring season has been going, this is normal,” Roman said. “That’s one of the beautiful things about soccer, you have to play in the elements and adjust.”
Although his team suffered the defeat, Roman was proud of how his team competed against a good Genoa-Kingston program.
“All in all I don’t think we had a bad performance, it was good game against a very good team, this was the best game our girls have played all year,” Roman said.
G-K coach Randy Tate had different thoughts on his team’s performance. He had seen better results from a team which has suffered just two conference losses.
“I don’t think it was our best game,” Tate said. “Maybe under the conditions we played well enough to win but that was about it.”
For G-K, now the focus heads towards the stretch run of the regular season and the state tournament. The Cogs are the No. 2 seed at the Class 1A G-K Regional, which begins on Tuesday, March 13.
“It shows that we can play even without a couple starters in there, we’ve got some good subs that can come in and down the long run that’s what we’re gonna need, all 22 kids playing their best,” Tate said.
G-K continues its season on Monday, when the Cogs host HInckley-Big Rock.