Lady Knights soccer wins share of Mississippi 8 championship

STMA celebrates Brianna Hoffman’s game winning goal against Rogers. The Knights clinched a share of the conference title. (Photos by Jake Schroer)

STMA celebrates Brianna Hoffman’s game winning goal against Rogers. The Knights clinched a share of the conference title. (Photos by Jake Schroer)

STMA’s Leah Johnson (7) chases after the ball during a scoreless first half.

STMA’s Leah Johnson (7) chases after the ball during a scoreless first half.

By Jake Schroer

Crow River News Sports

 

STMA girls soccer locked horns with its rival from Rogers on the first night of October. Both teams came in knowing a share of the conference title hung in the balance. And, both teams played like it.

Neither defense gave the offense an inch throughout most of the game. Whenever an offensive player sent the ball up the field, an opponent kicked it right back in the other direction. Therefore, neither team had many scoring chances. The first half ended with the two teams deadlocked in a scoreless tie.

The game rolled on in the second half and featured more of the same defensive action. The Knights had a chance on a free kick, but Tori Jensen’s shot ended up in the hands of the goalie.

STMA finally broke through with 9:18 left in the second half on a goal by Brianna Hoffman.  The Knights held defensively over the final nine minutes and closed out the game by the final score of 1-0 for a share of the conference championship.

Head coach Megan Johnson stressed how important beating the Royals was to her team.

“This game solidified the conference for us, so we are conference champs, and should get us the number one seed in the section because we have not lost to a section opponent,” Johnson said.

Johnson said she knew the game would feature very little offense and that Rogers is a very good team.

The Knights had a home game scheduled against Spring Lake Park on Friday, but the game was canceled. The Knights begin section play tonight. STMA finished the regular season with an overall record of 10-3-3.

Knights boys finish regular season with tie, loss

The STMA boys soccer team wrapped up a tough regular season with a tie and a loss.

The Knights squared off against St. Cloud Tech in a game originally scheduled for the end of August, yet canceled due to extreme heat during summer’s last gasp.

The Knights got off to a good start with goals by Tanner Sorem and leading scorer Sammy Voss. Tech came back and tied the game late on a direct kick provided by a red card penalty against the Knights.

After the tie, STMA traveled to Rogers and battled the Royals. The Knights lost 2-1, with Sammy Voss tallying yet another goal in defeat.

The final five games featured two wins, two ties and a loss. STMA finished the season 3-9-4. The boys begin section play tonight.

 

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