By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
The STMA Knights boys soccer team (3-8-3) had its best week of the season, winning twice and tying once.
The week started with an offensive storm on Senior Night as the Knights trounced North Branch 7-2. STMA got goals from Sammy Voss (two), Andrew Hong (two), Cory Kackman and Bryant Malley. Coach Darek Dewey curiously pulled Sam Guillou from goal once the Knights had staked him to a 4-0 lead.
Guillou instead spent his time in the field of play. In a special moment, the senior goalie scored a goal.
After four one goal losses and a tie in the previous five games, Dewey said that the team needed confidence, and a big win like this helped.
“Just being able to hit the net will give the confidence we need when we start facing section teams like Rogers and St. Cloud Tech and stuff coming up,” Dewey said.
STMA’s final four games are all on the road. Dewey knows his team needs to better its resume for sections.
“If we get a winning streak going, we could really move up,” Dewey said.
Knights trump Tigers 2-1 for first winning streak of the season
Needing wins for its resume, STMA traveled to Princeton for a match with the Tigers. On a windy Thursday afternoon, the Knights earned a second straight victory for the first time all season, defeating Princeton 2-1.
“We scored once going into the wind in the first half on freshman Tanner Sorem’s first varsity goal,” coach Dewey said. Later, going against the wind, Zack Bracken scored his first goal of the season to make it 2-0. The Tigers scored on a penalty kick in the final minutes, but the final tally read 2-1 Knights.
Knights battle to scoreless tie with Orono
Sam Guillou recorded his first shutout of the season against a good Orono team on Saturday. The only problem was that his team also failed to score as the Knights tied Orono 0-0.
Despite the goal shortage, coach Dewey said that the Knights played their best game of the year. Cole Hiltner, Malley, Sorem and Voss all narrowly missed scoring for the Knights.
STMA finished its regular season this week with a make-up game at St. Cloud Tech and a game against Rogers.