While there is a lot of the Metro West Conference schedule remaining, Chaska, alone up top with four wins, looks like a league champion contender.
The Hawks handed 2019 champion St. Louis Park a defeat Sept. 1, getting the game-winner on a penalty kick goal from David Garcia with 12 minutes remaining in a 2-1 win.
Garcia, who also scored in the first half, has six goals this season.
Chaska, with 21 seniors in the program, celebrated Sept. 3 in a 6-1 win over Robbinsdale Cooper, has received plenty of scoring in its four matches. The Hawks have 15 goals already, including a five-tally match from captain Ethan Ducklow.
A one-goal advantage at halftime, Chaska opened the floodgates over the final 40 minutes with Robbinsdale Cooper.
Ducklow netted a career-high five goals including two early in the second half to complete the hat trick and extend the advantage to 3-0.
A cross from Garcia, who also scored a goal, to Ducklow’s head unmarked in the box pushed the lead back to 4-1 with 18 minutes remaining.
Chaska plays its next three games — Sept. 10 (Benilde-St. Margaret), Sept. 15 (Bloomington Kennedy) and Sept. 22 (Bloomington Jefferson) — on the road.
Want a reason Chaska is off to a 4-0 start? Go find video on the Chaska Herald website of the eventual game-winner from the Hawks’ 3-1 win over Robbinsdale Cooper Sept. 3.
Playmaking at its best.
Paige Bakke’s chest bump off a cross from Jordan LeRoy was the difference as Chaska improved to 4-0.
The go-ahead goal at 2-1 started with Maddy Davey outworking a Cooper defender to move the ball to LeRoy on a run down the right side. Her pass into the box was deflected into the net instinctively by Bakke.
Bakke scored twice for Chaska with Sammie Ramboldt also finding the net for the Hawks.
Robbinsdale Cooper broke a goalless streak of nearly seven halves of soccer to start the season from Chaska and goaltender Jenna Williams.
If the play of Chaska from the first two weeks continues, the Hawks are going to be hard to beat. Evidenced by an 11-1 goal difference in scoring versus allowed through four victories.
Kinley O’Connor led Chaska with a goal and assist in a recent 2-0 win over St. Louis Park on Sept. 1. Davey netted her fourth tally of the season as well in the victory.
Chaska will get another test in a 5 p.m. road contest at Benilde-St. Margaret on Thursday, Sept. 10. The Red Knights are unbeaten in three games.
Chaska surrendered seven total games in three doubles matches, earning the first tennis team victory of the season, a 6-1 decision over Bloomington Kennedy Sept. 3.
Senior Nina Langley made her season debut for the Hawks, pairing up with Natalie Roth in the second position for a 6-1, 6-0 win.
Taylor Dorn and Josie Weiler won all 12 games at third doubles with the top team of Kendall Thom and Reese Williams scoring a 6-0, 7-5 victory.
Ellen Adams (6-4, 6-2), Maddie Margraf (6-2, 6-2) and Regan Engeman (6-4, 6-3) won at second through fourth singles for Chaska as well.
In a 5-2 loss to Bloomington Jefferson on Sept. 1, Roth and Dorn won their first varsity match, winning the opening set 6-2 before the Jaguars second doubles team retired due to injury in a 4-4 score.
Weiler and Kaitlyn Wisdorf rallied from a set down at third doubles, earning their first win of the season, a 1-6, 6-0, 6-4 score.