STMA boys’ soccer hitting its stride
BY ROB LAPLANTE
The Knights improved its soccer conference record to 4-1 with a pair of Mississippi 8 victories last week.
Tuesday’s 4-0 shutout of Monticello was STMA and junior goalkeeper Sammy Guillou’s third shutout of the season. Guillou has played every minute in goal for the Knights this season and as of Monday, he ranked in the top-20 in the state for minutes played (820), shutouts (3), goals against average (1.2) and saves (59).
“He’s done great as a first-year goalie,” said head coach Darek Dewey. “He’s made some big breakaway saves. The biggest thing is, he communicates well with the defense.”
Senior’s Ivan Adika, Winn Nyanseor and junior’s Cory Kackman and Garrett Adkins scored goals in the win.
Two days later, the Knights continued their winning ways with a 3-2 victory over Rogers. Nyanseor scored for the second straight game and senior Justin McLain had his fourth two-goal game of the season. McLain leads the offense with nine goals and 14 points.
In non-conference action Monday, STMA won its fifth consecutive match with a 4-2 victory over Burnsville.
The Knights built a 4-0 halftime lead, on the strength of goals from Adika, McLain, senior David Anderson and junior Sammy Voss. It was Voss’ first goal of the season.
Dewey said the offense has been a pleasant surprise. But it’s the play of some unsung heroes on the back end that have been a key factor in the recent winning streak.
“A couple junior defenders, Peter Bourget and Bryant Malley have been solid,” Dewey said. “They have really played strong for us and have helped Sammy out on the defensive end.”
The Knights (8-3-1 overall) were in action Tuesday at Buffalo (results available next week). Thursday they are at Cambridge-Isanti.