By Nick Gerhardt
Northfield couldn’t carry over its offensive explosion from last week to Monday’s matchup with Owatonna as the Huskies defeated the Raiders 14-3 at Memorial Field in Northfield.
Northfield (2-9, 2-7 Big 9) saw conference-leading Owatonna (7-1, 7-0 Big 9) go on a 7-0 run in the second half to build a 10-goal lead with 10 minutes left in the game. Owatonna junior Madison McGinn scored three of her four goals in the second half while senior Annika Moran finished with a team-high five goals, three of which came in the first half.
Eighth-grader Gwen Tapper scored for Northfield in the first half to stop a Huskies 3-0 run to start the game.
Raiders sophomore Kellie O’Meara made it a 5-2 game with a goal just 2 minutes, 20 seconds into the second half before Owatonna went on its run. Sophomore Lola McCarty scored with 4:13 left in the game that brought it to a 12-3 game before Owatonna’s Moran and McGinn each scored once more in the final minutes.
The Raiders entered the game on the heels of a 16-10 loss Thursday to Rochester Mayo, the second-most goals they’ve scored in a game this season. The Huskies beat Northfield 15-3 April 27 in Owatonna in the season’s first meeting.
The Raiders close out the regular season with two road games, beginning Thursday against Rochester John Marshall/Lourdes in Rochester. Northfield won the first meeting 11-7 and closes the regular season next Thursday against Lakeville South in Lakeville.