Mandan’s girls’ soccer team overturn preseason predictions | High school
“Minot are a very good team,” said Weston. “We are looking forward to Thursday. We hope to get something out of the game. We are one of the teams that have been close against them. It will be a challenge, but our girls are excited.
Mandan’s good season has been a collective effort. The Braves don’t rely on one or two players to accumulate points. In fact, almost every player on the roster has contributed either a goal, an assist, or both.
Juniors Sophia McLeish and Sarah Burgum, and sophomore Portia Matthiesen each have six goals. Junior Kendal Beckler has four, and a host of other Braves have rocked the onion sack a few times.
The Braves’ No.2 position in the region’s table is unlikely to be a flash in the plane. The roster only has one senior, although it is valuable to Kylie Osborn, who has five assists. Osborn was a player of all regions in 2019.
“Kylie’s leadership has been huge for us. She knows the tricks of the trade. She can see it coming out on the court, ”Weston said. “She is a very good player and a very good leader.”
The Braves have allowed just 10 goals. Weston gave junior goaltender Quinn Carter very high marks.
“Personally, I think she’s the best goalie in the WDA,” said the head coach. “She made some fantastic saves.”