Warriors lose for first time this season, win twice at Burlington tournament

Staff Report

It was the only time of the season where the Waukee girls’ soccer team would play teams from out of state as they competed in a tournament in Burlington on May 1-3. The Warriors (8-1) suffered their first loss of the season on May 2 against St. James Academy (Kansas), but won their other two games.

In the Warriors’ first game of the tournament, they defeated Liberty High (Missouri) 1-0 to keep their undefeated record alive. Freshman Rebecca Corbett had the game’s only goal with Alyssa Hewitt picking up the assist.

Miranda Hunzeker played 83 minutes in goal and made six saves, preserving the shutout for the Warriors.

The second game of the tournament, on May 2, was where Waukee suffered its first loss of the season by a score of 3-2 against St. James Academy. It was also the first time of the season that Waukee gave up more than one goal in a game.

Freshman Maya Olson and sophomore Miranda Wilson had one goal each in the game while senior Faith Haroldson had one assist. Hunzeker made eight saves, but gave up three goals for a .727 save percentage.

On May 3, the final game of the tournament for the Warriors, they played Belleville Althoff Catholic (Illinois). The Warriors gave up two goals again, but were able to score three of their own as they went on to win 3-2.

Corbett scored her second goal of the weekend in the win. Hunzeker, who was the Warriors’ goalkeeper in all three games, made seven saves and allowed two goals, helping the Warriors hang on for the win.

Corbett now has five goals in her freshman campaign, which ranks third on the team through the first nine games of the season. Hewitt leads the team with eight goals and eight assists with Ellie Cavanaugh right behind her with seven goals.

Hunzeker has made 37 saves this season and allowed eight goals in nine games for a .822 save percentage.

The Warriors’ next game is against Southeast Polk on Friday. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. at Waukee Stadium.