by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
If the Rogers girls soccer team and their coach had forgotten what losing feels like, the Maple Grove Crimson gave them a vivid reminder Thursday evening.
Maple Grove, a bigger and faster team than Rogers, cruised 3-0 over the Royals, who were unbeaten last year under first-year coach Holly Sutton and won the Class A state championship.
“I am very competitive and never like to lose,” said Sutton. “But it’s probably good for them. Their expectations are naturally so high, after last season. It’s good to shake them up, experience a loss, and see what we need to work on and move on.”
Last year, Rogers’ 24 wins included a 2-1 squeaker over the Crimson at home early in the season. The rematch Thursday was played on Maple Grove’s turf field.
“The game was a lot faster this year,” said Sutton, adding that the Crimson handled the pace better than Rogers.
Rogers used Cassidy Stutelberg in goal the first half and Jacqueline Zoubek in the second half. They came close to scoring a couple times.
The Royals will host Park Center on Saturday at 3 p.m., following a boys game at 1 p.m.