BY ROB LAPLANTE
Winn Nyanseor scored two first-half goals and Justin McLain added another, boosting the St. Michael-Albertville boys’ soccer team to a 3-0 victory last Thursday over Orono.
Coming off a tie and a loss at the Irondale Tournament, the Knights posted their first victory of the season last Thursday, while making their home debut in front of a decent crowd at Community Ed Field.
“We fixed a lot of the things from last weekend,” said STMA head coach Darek Dewey. “Runs from our forwards were a lot better and the passing was a lot better. I’d still like to see more pressure on the ball. Once we get in a little better mid-season shape, I think the ball pressure will get better.”
The first half featured the season debut for McLain, a senior captain and last year’s leading scorer. McLain missed the previous two games due to a foot injury. He was used sparingly in the first half, but assisted on the second goal and found the back of the net for the Knights’ third goal, putting them up 3-0 at halftime.
Orono actually scored the first goal of the game, but an offside call nullified the goal and moments later the Knights would take advantage.
“We made a mistake and after last weekend, getting down 1-0 would have been tough for our confidence,” Dewey said. “It wasn’t long after that we scored and that was a big momentum swing.”
The Knights took advantage when Nyanseor scored the first of two unanswered goals 4:27 into the first half. Nyanseor gave the Knights a 2-0 advantage with 15:09 left in the half after powering a long shot past the reach of outstretched Orono goaltender Liam Sullivan.
“Coach said I should take shots more, so when I had open chances to take a shot I just ripped it,” Nyanseor said.
The second half didn’t feature any goals, but junior goalkeeper Sam Guillou preserved the shutout by making a handful of key saves. Guillou made 18 saves earning his first career varsity shutout.
“He made some big saves,” Nyanseor said. “That’s something to say that we’re going to be good. He’s willing to step it up for us.”
The Knights are back in action tonight at 7 p.m. with a home match against Buffalo. Saturday they have an 11 a.m. match at Elk River. Tuesday’s results at Rogers were unavailable