The Zimmerman Thunder racked up 16 goals in winning two of three matches at their season-opening home-field tournament, the Sandbur Cup.
Marshall School of Duluth beat the Thunder 5-4 on Friday evening and went 3-0 to capture the title for the second time in its four-year history.
Zimmerman beat Big Lake 6-1 and Becker 6-0 on Saturday.
“Sixteen goals in our first three games is a promising stat,” said coach Jeff Downing, adding that nine girls getting on the scoreboard is more than they had all last year.
Brooke Salo notched five goals and Amanda Sahr three for the Thunder, who got at least one goal from nine different players.
Downing credited “more patience and a couple of extra passes before looking for the goal” for a majority of the goals.
“It is a tactical change of mindset for the girls and having some success with that style will help build their confidence in it.”
Big Lake and Becker play a trap-style defense and that helped the Thunder understand why patience is key, Downing added. They had numerous offsides before figuring out that an extra pass would circumvent the trap.
Marshall led the Thunder 4-3 after rollicking first half, scoring in the last second to grab the lead. Marshall took a 5-4 lead in the 58th minute. In the final seconds the Marshall goalie made a diving stop of a Thunder shot.
“It was just inches from sending the game to overtime. A fitting finish for a fun game,” said Downing.
Salo had two goals and Cami Bond and Maddie Jacob one one each for Zimmerman. The winners from Duluth had Ellie Peters with two and Alli McKenna, Mattea Pavelich, and Ella Perrault one each.
In the win over Big Lake, Anne Rademacher and Sahr knocked in two goals each and Salo and Hailey Artmann one each. Kallie Nordberg had the Hornet goal.
Against Becker, Salo notched two more and Jamie Pensinger, Sarah Neubauer, Cassandra Carley and Sahr had one each.
The Thunder will host Princeton on Tuesday at 7 p.m.