Winhawks battle back to tie John Marshall

Photo by Audrey Wulfing

Winona Senior High School senior Owen Ping (left) tries to spring sophomore Teis Larsen (right) with a lead pass in the Winhawks’ game against the John Marshall High School Rockets, of Rochester, Minn., last Thursday.



The Winhawks’ boys soccer game against the John Marshall High School Rockets ended in a 2-2 tie after an eventful game last Thursday. 

This was the first game of the season the Winhawks played from behind, after the Rockets scored twice near the end of the first half. Winona did a good job of keeping the ball in control and on Rochester’s side early on, which gave them some chances of scoring. However, the Rockets started to gain momentum, which led them to get ahead and score the first two points of the game. The first half ended 2-0, with Rochester in the lead.

Things started to pick up in the second half of the game, with Winona creating some more scoring chances. Winhawks’ Head Coach Garrett Ping said the team worked harder in the second half to come back.

“We changed stuff up, pushed more guys up,” Ping said. “We’ve got a lot of fight.”

This fight showed through as Winona sophomore Teis Larsen got a few good chances of scoring in the beginning of the second half. 

Senior Caleb Ellenburg scored the first point for Winona. The goal was originally disallowed because Ellenburg was called offside, but the call was later reversed by the referees, giving Winona the point. This brought the game to 2-1, with the Rockets still in the lead. 

With less than three minutes left in the game, Winhawk senior Jasper Hedin scored off of a rebound after the Rockets goalkeeper stopped a close shot. The teams were then tied 2-2 as the game went into overtime. Winona did a good job of preventing Rochester from scoring during this time and had some good opportunities to score, but was unsuccessful after the Rockets defense stopped them. The game ended in a 2-2 tie after ten minutes of extra time. 

Hedin said he thinks the Winhawks and the Rockets were pretty even “in terms of raw talent.” He said he is hoping that his team has a good season this year, since it is his last. 

“We played well as a team and had a good comeback in the end,” said Hedin. “I’m hoping that we win a lot more games.” 

The Winona Winhawks play another home game against the Kasson-Mantorville Komets tomorrow tonight, September 9, at 7 p.m. at Paul Giel Field.