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Hibbing’s Emily Martinson (right) carries the ball into goal box, then fired a shot into the net during the first half of the Bluejackets U15 girls soccer game with Superior Monday at Vic Power Field.

HIBBING — Since the end of May, the Hibbing U15 girls soccer team has been working on passing and working as a team.

That skill was on display Monday as the Bluejackets worked the ball around to perfection en route to a 5-0 victory over Superior in an Arrowhead Youth Soccer Association contest at Vic Power Field.

Hibbing coach Ryan Trenberth said his girls are playing as a team, and that’s why the Bluejackets erupted for four goals in the first half.

“They’re working together, passing the ball up and working as a team,” Trenberth said. “Our defense was playing stellar, kicking the ball up everytime it came back.”

That teamwork produced those four goals.

Emma Burkes would score two of those goals, and getting one each were Cassidy Koski and Emily Martinson.

“At practices, we work a lot on the passing drills and working together as a team, especially our forwards, pushing it up,” Trenberth said. “This is a young team. We have a bunch of new girls, who came in with the girls that were here. It took awhile, but now, they’re playing together as a team.”

At the half, Trenberth said he switching things up and put each girl in different positions on the pitch.

He’s looking to develop more well-rounded players.

“All we wanted to do was hold the lead,” Trenberth said. “We switched things up in the second half. We wanted to put some girls in other positions that they haven’t had a chance to play. Our defense went to forwards, and some forwards went back to defense.

“We put some girls in positions they hadn’t played before to see how they do. This is a building program for the high-school program. I want them to be familiar with all of the positions on the field, so in a pinch, they can go to anyone of them, and they know what they’re doing.”

In the second half, the Bluejackets were only able to tally one goal, this one coming off the foot of Aella White.

“They put a different goalie in, and played a little bit more aggressive,” Trenberth said. “They stuck some of their better players back on defense quite a bit, I noticed. They changed their strategy, too, to keep us out of the goal.”

Hibbing will now play Cloquet today, beginning at 7 p.m., at Vic Power Field. It’ll be another strong test for the young Bluejackets.

“They’re always a good team,” Trenberth said. “They hustle. They work hard. We haven’t played them yet, so we’ll see what it is. It’ll be a whole different game today.”

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