ROCHESTER — Scoring in the 12th minute of each half, the Stillwater girls’ soccer team held off Rochester Century for a 2-0 victory in Saturday’s nonconference game.
A longer-than-anticipated bus ride to Rochester limited the Ponies to just 15 minutes for their warm-up, but Shelby Litchy scored on a feed from Anna Pedersen in the first half to provide a 1-0 lead.
“We looked sluggish in the first 12 minutes so it was nice to get that one,” Ponies coach Mike Huber said.
Stillwater’s second goal was similar, as Hannah Okerstrom delivered a through pass that created a breakaway, this time for Ali Schilling, who finished to build a two-goal cushion.
“We played well enough to win,” Huber said. “Especially with the early lead, we got into a lull and rode it through rather than playing to our best potential.”
The Ponies, who held a 16-5 advantage in shots on goal, were playing without three regulars and that was also a factor, the coach suggested.
“It was a pretty successful week overall, with some tough games playing Park and Woodbury and adding homecoming,” Huber said.
Stillwater 1 1 — 2
Rochester Century 0 0 — 0
St — 12:00 — Shelby Litchy (Anna Pedersen)
St — 12:00 — Ali Schilling (Hannah Okerstrom)
Shots on goal — St: 16; RC: 5.
Corner kicks — St: 6; RC: 2.
Fouls — St: 1; RC: 3.
Goalie saves — St: Megan Holthaus 3 and Christina Bartingale 2; RC: Haylee Wittlief 14.