by Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
Isaac Aanerud scored five goals as the Rogers Royals picked up their first win 6-0 over the Monticello Magic Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Rogers.
“That was quite the night,” said Aanerud, a fifth-year starter with 11 previous varsity goals, none this year. “The first two came quickly, and after that we got into a real good rhythm and the guys were seeing me and was able to put them in the back of the net.”
Coach Chris Miller said Aanerud’s five goals against the Magic (2-2-1) broke the team record of four held by Austin Koeppe and Nico Salas-Velazquez.
Aanerud scored twice in the first half, both times taking a pass from Nahome Biniam on the outside and powering past the defender for a solid shot.
In the second half, with Monticello making a goal kick, the ball went right toward Aanerud and he intercepted and fired it back into the net.
He swiped the ball from a defender six yards from the goal and scored for the fourth time.
Aanerud’s fifth goal came off a feed from Alfonso Tolbert on the outside. He got past the defender and shot a rocket from an angle just outside the 18 box.
Mike Biah had the other goal in the second half, a shot into the corner of the net, set up by a ball from midfielder Logan Olkon.
Royal goalie C.J. Rich made several good saves including one from less than three feet away on a corner kick, which Rich blocked with his foot.
Aanerud had nine goals as a midfielder last year, and two in grades 8 through 10 as a defender.
He had missed Saturday’s 8-3 loss to Osseo with a shoulder injury making a tackle in the football game against Buffalo the night before. He’s the football team’s kicker.
This was the conference opener for Rogers (1-5). Monticello is 0-1-1 in conference and 2-2-1 overall.
On Thursday, an overtime goal by Mitch Steeves gave the Rogers Royals a 2-1 win over the St. Francis Saints at St. Francis. Steeves scored early in the first off two five-minute overtimes off a cross pass from Alfonso Tolbert. Rogers is 2-0 in the Mississippi 8 after going 0-5 before conference play.
St. Francis scored first, on a corner kick. Nahome Biniam did the score with a goal off a through ball from Isaac Aanerud. The score was 1-1 at halftime.
The Royals boys capped a 3-0 week by debating Grand Rapids 3-0 on Friday in Grand Rapids. Isaac Aanerud scored two goals, one of them assisted by Nahome Binian, and Mike Biah had the other goal, on a rebound after the goalie stopped a shot by Logan Olkon.
The Royals now stand 2-0 in the Mississippi 8 and 3-5 overall.