By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
The start of the 2013 season has not been kind to the STMA Knights boys soccer team. The team allowed 13 goals in the first two games of the season, an 8-1 loss to Osseo and a 5-1 loss to Moorhead.
Thursday night brought more trouble as the Knights lost to Chanhassen 4-1. Coach Darek Dewey said the boys got off to a good start by outshooting Chanhassen in the first half. However, the Storm struck first for a 1-0 lead. Dewey said goalie Sam Guillou came out to defend against a cross but failed.
With that momentum, Chanhassen quickly scored two more goals, Dewey said. Sammy Voss tallied the lone Knights goal just before halftime, Dewey said.
The Knights could not get anything going in the second half and Chanhassen added one more for the final score.
Of the three goals scored for the Knights, Voss has two, and Cory Kackman has the other.
The Knights look to regroup when they head to Monticello tonight to take on the Magic.
The girls soccer team got off to a considerably better start over three games. After a 4-0 victory over Moorhead in the season opener, the girls came right back and blanked St. Cloud Tech 5-0.
Coach Megan Johnson said she was impressed by how the girls created opportunities for goals.
“It was nice to get everyone in [the game] that night,” she said.
After two wins at home to begin the season, the Lady Knights lost 3-0 to the Wolfpack of Park High School.
Coach Johnson said the game served a good purpose for her team despite taking the loss. For one thing, Park has a turf field while STMA has a traditional grass field. Playing on turf was “a whole new ballgame,” Johnson said.
While not something that showed up on the stat sheet, Johnson said that senior DJ Noel played a good game defensively. Overall, the game served as a good experience for the girls. Johnson said this game helped them figure out what they need to work on in order to get better.
“I’m proud of our girls. They had a good weekend,” she said. Still, she added, “we would have liked to get a goal on Park.”
The Lady Knights hope to rebound on Tuesday when they face rival Buffalo at home.