Cotter sports update: September 11, 2018
The girls soccer team went 4-0 on the week and stayed undefeated for the season.
On Tuesday, September 4, Cotter girls soccer beat St. Charles 2-1 when the game was called in the 67th minute due to storms. Thursday the Ramblers defeated rival La Crescent 2-0 on the road, and finished the week with a championship at the Lake City Invitational with a 6-0 victory over Stewartville and a 5-0 win over Cannon Falls in the championship. Olivia Gardner had five goals and three assists for the week, Alyssa Williams had three goals and two assists, and Mary Morgan had two goals and three assists.
“We have started the season incredibly well. We have had moments where things are not quite clicking or they get sloppy but the ability for the team to refocus has been incredible and certainly a step up from past years. There is an excitement this year; we just need to stay focused and execute the game plan each and every day,” coach Marie Barrientos said.
On Saturday, September 8, Cotter volleyball hosted the second annual Sugar Loaf Invite tournament. Eight teams participated at the John Nett Rec Center and Centennial gym. Cotter earned the top seed in its pool, despite dropping a tight 2-1 match to Houston. The Ramblers defeated Red Wing in the semi-finals and used excellent team effort to defeat Triton 30-28 — 27-25 in the championship match. Top performers in the tournament included Ellie Macal with 28 kills, six aces and 44 digs. Kelli Hadaway had 64 set assists and Anna Morgan had 11 solo blocks.
The tournament victory also evened the Ramblers’ season record at 5-5.
“The first few weeks have been a rollercoaster ride. We started our season with a series of tough, non-conference matches on the road, which challenged us and more often than not, left us on the losing side of the scoreboard. However, we learned, worked hard through some rough spots in practices and stayed positive,” head coach Laurie Broghammer said.
The Cotter girls cross country team started the season with victories at the Stewartville, Minn., and La Crescent invitational meets. Grace Ping was the individual champion in each meet, finishing the 5k course at Stewartville in 18:03. Teammates Lauren Ping and Morgan Arnold finished second and third in both races, while Aubrey Williams was sixth at Stewartville and fifth at La Crescent. Ellie Glodowski was Cotter’s fifth scoring runner in each race. The girls are ranked co-number one in the State rankings along with Perham. Claire Ebertowski won the JV race at Stewartville.
Will Modjeski finished sixth at Stewartville as the boys team placed ninth out of 21 teams. Chris Kwak, Ian Modjeski, Andrew Hinz and John Fritts were the other scoring runners for Cotter.
“The season is off to a great start. The girls have high expectations and that brings energy to the whole team. Our number of runners is up for both boys and girls and we feel like there’s positive momentum building for both groups,” coach Mike Costello said.
Cotter’s football team fell to 0-2 with a 38-0 loss to a solid Goodhue team in Winona on Friday, September 7. The team had several key injuries in their first game at Medford, including sophomore quarterback Charlie Reilly, who was lost for the season with a knee injury. Senior Laken Macal leads the team with 22 tackles through two games.
“The first two weeks have been challenging. We had a few injuries during our loss at Medford that have changed our plans and expectations for the remainder of the season. The first couple games showed our inexperience. We have a lot of room for improvement across the board, and each week of practice will be a great opportunity to work on our game. The biggest thing we need is more reps. Unfortunately, there is no substitute for experience,” coach Seth Haun said.