Crimson soccer boys holding their own despite inexperience

by Bob San

Graduation hit the Maple Grove boys’ soccer team hard as most of the players who led the Crimson to a fourth-place showing at last fall’s state tournament are gone. But the new group of Crimson are holding their own in the competitive Northwest Suburban Conference so far.

After defeating Anoka 1-0 last Thursday, Maple Grove has a 4-3-2 record. Led by senior captains Connor Gifft and Amin Niknam, the Crimson have been competitive in most games.

“I would categorize our team as a young team overall,” Maple Grove co-coach Chad Morse said. “We lost many to graduation last year on our trip to the Dome in the state tournament. This year we have proven to be able to compete against each team we play, but at times our inexperience has shown.”

Morse looks for his squad to improve with each game and be ready to defend its section title.

“We are looking to compete well against more conference and section opponents in the weeks to come,” More said.

The Crimson next host Irondale Saturday, Sept. 29, and entertain Coon Rapids Tuesday, Oct. 2.