ANOKA — Hannah Okerstrom and Natalie Weidner delivered goals to help carry the Stillwater girls’ soccer team to a 2-1 nonconference victory over Anoka on Saturday at Goodrich Field.
The Ponies (4-3-1), who outshot the Tornadoes 11-4, struck first midway through the opening half as Okerstrom tracked down a pass from Jaime Purdie before booting a left-footed shot into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Then in the second half, Weidner scored her first goal of the season in the 25th minute on a pass from Anna Pedersen that was similar to the through pass Purdie delivered for Okerstrom earlier in the game. Weidner went around the goalkeeper with the ball and slipped it into the net for a two-goal cushion.
“I thought we controlled a good portion of the game,” Stillwater coach Mike Huber said. “We had a couple other opportunities their goalie had to make a few good saves on.”
Stillwater nearly scored earlier in the game when Maddie Schaak drove a shot off the cross bar.
Anoka closed the gap with about six minutes remaining in the game as Megan Charlton scored to spoil the shutout bid of sophomore goalkeeper Christina Bartingale, who was making her first start.
“She played fantastic,” Huber said of Bartingale. “A couple of saves she had were great saves that kept us in the game.”
One area of concern for the coach is fouls, with the Ponies called for 14 compared to just five for Anoka.
“We have to keep our number reduced,” Huber said. “We need to have more control over what we say or what we’re doing. We were definitely the more physical team, but we need to be more disciplined and focused on the things we can control.”
Stillwater 1 1 — 2
Anoka 0 1 — 1
St — 20:30 — Hannah Okerstrom (Jaime Purdie)
St — 25:12 — Natalie Weidner (Anna Pedersen)
An — 33:53 — Megan Charlton (unassisted)
Shots on goal — St: 11; An: 4.
Corner kicks — St: 5; An: 3.
Fouls — St: 14; An: 5.
Goalie saves — St: Christina Bartingale 3; An: NA 9.