Soccer: Thunder fall to Nordberg, Big Lake 6-3

Kallie Nordberg scored four goals for Big Lake as the Hornets foiled the Zimmerman Thunder 6-3 on Tuesday in Zimmerman.

Brooke Salo scored twice for the Thunder (1-3).

Salo’s free kick in the third minute opened the scoring but Big Lake executed several offensive runs in the first half and scored on three of eight shots. Nordberg chipped in a shot in the 27th minute, Casey Tillman did the same in the 32nd, and Lindsey Wisher  found the right side of the net in the 35th minute.

Big Lake led 3-1 at the half, and Nordberg scored again in the 44th minute, sneaking a shot just beyond the reach of a diving Justine Charles.

Zimmerman got on the board again in the 59th minute as Amanda Sahr took a  pass from Ashley Johnson and cut through the Hornet defenders.

Nordberg got the hat trick in the 62nd minute and another in the 65th when she finished a corner cross.

Salo closed the scoring as she collected the ball, moved through defenders and faked goalie Madisann Sayler into hitting the ground, leaving a wide open net.

Thunder coach Jeff Downing assessed that his team had several nice runs but did not capitalize by producing shots and Big Lake’s Carissa O’Garn was “nearly unbeatable” in the center of the Hornet defense.

Charles managed 10 saves for the Thunder and Sayler stopped two for Big Lake.

Downing noted that freshmen defenders Molly Kieliszewski, Sarah Neubauer and Morgan Ziebarth are getting a quick study in varsity soccer as other defenders more experienced are too banged up to see action.

“The freshmen are doing a great job and showing progress with each chance they get.”

St. John’s Prep, a conference opponent, is next on the schedule, next Tuesday in Collegeville.