Knights soccer ties, loses in week of progress

STMA’s Sammy Voss, left, and Elk River’s Trevor Riebel fight for the ball. The Elks nudged by the Knights 1-0. (Photo by Jake Schroer)

STMA’s Sammy Voss, left, and Elk River’s Trevor Riebel fight for the ball. The Elks nudged by the Knights 1-0. (Photo by Jake Schroer)

By Jake Schroer

Crow River News Sports

 

The past week had a brief change of pace for the Knights boys soccer team. The boys tied Monticello 2-2, avoiding another dreaded loss. Andrew Hong and Connor Loscheider scored the goals, and Cory Kackman assisted both goals, according to head coach Darek Dewey.

The boys returned home for a “Super Soccer Saturday” showdown with the Elk River Elks. The game was very evenly matched, with neither team gaining an advantage through the first 40 minutes. Elk River did a good job of keeping the Knights from getting any good opportunities for shots on goal.

The second half played out much of the same way. Both teams kept up the defensive pressure, neither one wanting to give the other an inch. The Elks finally tallied the lone goal of the game with about nine and a half minutes left in the second half. The shot barely squeezed past Sammy Guillou, who otherwise played his best game of the season, stopping 7 of ER’s eight shots against him.

Dewey thought his team showed progress despite the inability to pick up its first win during the week.

“For sure it (Saturday’s game) was our best that we’ve played. You know, we’re starting to get organized, and passes are getting better,” Dewey said. He added that in spite of Elk River outplaying the Knights (including 8 to 0 shots on goal), the team is making improvements.

Dewey said the team needs to work on defending against throw-ins and other various things.

“It was going good until we got to about ten minutes left.”

The Knights’ matchup with St. Cloud Tech set for Monday got canceled due to the heat. At deadline, there was no word on a makeup date. The Knights host St. Francis before traveling to Cambridge Isanti on Thursday and to Grand Rapids on Saturday.

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