Soccer: Thunder girls beat Big Lake 4-2 with strong second half

Amanda Sahr scored the tying and clinching goals as the Zimmerman Thunder rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a four-goal rally to defeat Big Lake 4-2 there on Tuesday.

Jamie Pensinger and Abbie Canton also scored for the Thunder and Camilla Johansson made two assists in their first Granite Ridge Conference win. They are 1-3-1 in conference and 4-5-1 overall.

“It was good to bounce back after a loss,” said coach Jeff Downing, referring to a 2-0 defeat at Princeton the night before, “and to have discovered a few tactical changes that may help us be more efficient and consistent in scoring.”

Kallie Nordberg scored in the 18th and 24th minute for Big Lake (3-6), both of corner kicks after the Thunder didn’t clear the ball on crossing passes.

The Thunder moved some players around and Pensinger scored in the 26th minute on a pass from Johansson.

In the second half, the Thunder kept the Hornets in their defensive third of the field most of the time. Sahr guided a ball into the net, played in by Anne Rademacher, in the 47th minute. Thunder defender Abbie Canton gave her team the lead shortly after, getting upfield and capitalizing on a ball sent by Johansson.

The Thunder kept the pressure on, and after several shots missed or were blocked, Sahr finished on one of many balls sent into the middle by Maddie Jacobs, making it 4-2 in the 76th minute.

The Thunder, in a busy stretch of four road games in six days, play at St. John’s Prep on Thursday and Eveleth-Gilbert on Saturday.