Chanhassen’s Leah Hodgins (12) had eight goals Tuesday night in the Storm’s 16-4 victory over conference rival Benilde-St. Margaret's. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Coming off a double-digit loss over the weekend and facing a two-goal deficit against another ranked opponent, Chanhassen’s 22-game Metro West Conference win streak was in jeopardy Tuesday.
Then, the net began to look as big as a soccer goal for Leah Hodgins.
The junior midfielder and Boston University commit led the Chanhassen comeback, scoring seven of eight goals in the first half in a 16-4 win at Benilde-St. Margaret’s.
“I think we knew it was going to be a pretty tough game coming in,” Hodgins said. “This is one that we’ve been really wary of. I think the team really just came together. The progress that we made in this game was amazing.”
Benilde-St. Margaret’s Maddie Kaltsas (21) had two goals Tuesday night at home in the Red Knights' 16-4 loss to the Storm. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Chanhassen responded to its first loss of the season in a big way.
Eight goals by junior midfielder Leah Hodgins, including seven in the first half, paced Chanhassen to a 16-4 win Tuesday night at Benilde-St. Margaret’s.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s (5-3, 3-1) entered ranked No. 6 in the May 4 state coaches poll and looked the part early on in this Metro West Conference matchup. The Red Knights scored two goals in the opening 2 minutes, 31 seconds. They were shutout for the next 25 minutes into the second half by the Storm’s senior goalie Kaylyn Cater who made seven of 11 saves overall.
No. 9 Chanhassen led 11-2 at halftime and mounted a 12-0 run that bled into the second half. Benilde-St. Margaret’s freshman Maddie Kaltsas ended the run with her first of two goals scored back-to-back.
Sophomore goalie Brooke Nelson made eight of 19 saves in the first half for the Red Knights. Senior goalie Lucy Hanson made four of nine saves in the second half.
Storm junior attack Bella Detienne scored four goals and is up to 18 for the season.
Chanhassen (5-1, 4-0) extended its conference win streak to 23 games dating back to 2016. It’s the last unbeaten team in Metro West play in 2021.
Chanhassen’s Bella Detienne (13) drives her way to the goal Tuesday night. Detienne had four goals in the Storm's 16-4 win over the Red Knights. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner SportsEngine
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