By Jake Schroer
Crow River News Sports
There is one thing Darek Dewey’s 2013 STMA Knights soccer team can take away from a season of struggles; the team finished the season much better than it started it.
After giving up 18 goals in its first three games, Dewey’s team settled down defensively. The Knights strung a few wins together later in the year as the team learned its strengths and weaknesses.
The Knights played a solid game at Elk River on Thursday but fell short, 2-0, ending the season. STMA battled the Elks to a scoreless tie at the half. STMA almost scored at the end of the first half, coach Dewey said. The Knights and Elks held each other scoreless until the final 15 minutes of the game.
Elk River scored a header goal off of a cross pass from Joey Benz. The Elks put the game away with about seven minutes left courtesy of a Benz goal on a free kick. Despite the loss, coach Dewey said his team played well.
Dewey said his team improved each week during the season. With the season over, he looks forward to next year.
“With three defensive starters returning, the team will be tough to score on next year.”
Senior Sammy Voss led the Knights in scoring with nine goals. Cory Kackman led in assists with three. Sam Guillou finished with a 80% save percentage. The Knights defense allowed two goals or fewer in 12 out of its last 13 games.
With a bit more offense, the season could have turned out much differently.