The Lodi girls soccer team kicked off the Capitol Conference season in style on April 9, as the Blue Devils rolled to a 5-0 victory over Cambridge-Deerfield.

“The team went into the game excited to prove themselves,” Blue Devil coach Joe Birkholz said. “We played very well overall. Being only our third game and with the first two being shortened games, we had to adjust on the fly. Correcting spacing issues can be a challenge when you haven’t been able to see the issues develop first. The team has a lot of new players on varsity and the learning curve is sharp. The team as a whole did a great job working with each other and communicating what needed to be done.”

The Lady Blue Devils are 2-0-1 for the season.

It took Lodi just five minutes to get on the scoreboard with a goal by Grace Maerz. Alana Gilles had the assist.

Gilles scored an unassisted goal 12 minutes later to put the Blue Devils up 2-0.

“The scoring was started by two returners in Grace Maerz and Alana Gilles,” Birkholz said. “Having them there to calm the new players and give us that control is a great asset.”

The Lady Blue Devils increased their lead two minutes into the second half with a goal by Grasyn Schmidt. Alayna Rosga had the assist.

Lodi then got late goals by Hannah Clark and Gilles. Maerz had the assist on both goals.

Goalie Rylee Schmidt made four saves to preserve the shutout.

The Lady Blue Devils will be back on the pitch on April 22. They will play a non-conference game at Sauk Prairie at 7 p.m.

“We look forward to seeing where this season will take us,” Birkholz said.

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