Two goals by Kayla Anderson in the second half lifted White Bear Lake over Mahtomedi 2-1 in a duel of neighboring soccer powers on Thursday evening in White Bear Lake.
“Our team played with high energy, and pressured the ball well,” said David Ashley, Bears co-coach along with John Dierkhising. “Mahtomedi's a really strong team, and It's always a fast paced competitive game with them.”
Mahtomedi led 1-0 at halftime on a goal by Audrey Barry in the 18th minute. Bears goalie Ella Janicki made a diving stop of another shot but the Zephyrs pounced on the rebound and Barry punched it in.
Anderson knotted the score in the 48th minute. Senior defender Maddi Carroll stepped up and re-directed a Mahtomedi goal kick back to Kayla, who dribbled to the right side, then cut it back left and finished with a low left-footed shot that deflected off a Mahtomedi defender.
Anderson delivered the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute, off a long throw-in by sophomore midfielder Lauren Eckerle. After touches by several players from both teams, the ball came back to Eckerle, who directed a quick pass to Anderson’s left foot, ten yards out. Anderson turned quickly and hit a right footed shot into the upper left corner.
With 20 seconds left, Janicki stopped a close-range shot by Mahtomedi to preserve the lead. She stopped five of six shots on goal.
Those were Anderson’s fourth and fifth goals, and were the first two Mahtomedi has allowed in three games.
The Bears and Zephyrs are each 2-1.