Soccer: Elks boys shade Rogers 1-0 on slick field

Elks including Brandon Griffin (19) and Emmanuel Kai (12) cluster around Rogers midfielder Isaac Aanerud. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elks including Brandon Griffin (19) and Emmanuel Kai (12) cluster around Rogers midfielder Isaac Aanerud. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Mitch Steeves (10) got the header as he leapt with ERZ’s Rob Burger. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Mitch Steeves (10) got the header as he leapt with ERZ’s Rob Burger. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

by Bruce Strand

Elk River Star News

 

Elk River-Zimmerman posted its third shutout win of the week, 1-0 over the Rogers Royals, in wet, windy conditions Saturday at home.

“The weather was tough on everybody on the field,” said Elk coach Aaron Lindquist, “but it was nice to win. That’s three shutouts for our team this week. This game, with Rogers, is going to be a tough game, every year, no matter what each team’s record is.”

Storm Heyer scored in the 30th minute on a give and go from Joey Benz. Royal goalie C.J. Rich go a hand on the shot but it caromed into the net. It was Heyer’s 12th goal.

“They are a good team, they are playing well, but we had our chances,” said Rogers coach Chris Miller, noting that both Mitch Steeves in the first half and Isaac Aanerud in the second half were in good position but couldn’t find the back of the net.

The wet weather “definitely affects the game,” said Miller. “It makes the ball move faster, go out of bounds quicker, things like that.”

Lindquist noted that Rogers (6-8) played strong with the ball, while the Elks usually were able to put pressure on them, making them keep their heads down.

Rich had nine saves on 10 shots-on-goal, according to Elk stats, while Elk goalie Cody Rich stopped three shots-on-goal.

The Elks (10-1-2) notched their seventh shutout, following conference wins of 2-0 over Armstrong and 1-0 over Centennial.

The Elks will host Champlin Park on Tuesday. Rogers will host St. Michael-Albertville.

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