SPLHS suffers one-goal loss to LSCC

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Luther Schmidt's Saint Paul soccer team managed to survive a penalty-kick shootout in a 1-0 victory over visiting Oak Grove Thursday. But the Saints were dealt a 2-1 loss in overtime by Lee's Summit Community Christian Friday.

at LSCC 2, Saint Paul 1, OT

The Saints were under the gun early on after allowing a goal in the third minute of the first half.

"Without a couple of saves by Nate (Lutz), it could have been worse," Schmidt said.

He said the Saints settled down to get into a groove about 10 minutes deep into the game.

"The rest of the half, we dictated pace," Schmidt said.

The Saints tied the game in the 29th minute when Ask Haukass tapped in a pass from Young Jae Lee.

The Saints almost grabbed the lead five minutes later , but a goal was waved off by the assistant referee when he believed Haukass was offside.

"It pretty much seemed we had righted the ship and knew where to attack," Schmidt said. "

He said the Saints had several good scoring opportunities, getting several good shots, including one that clanged off the post with 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

"In the last minute, it looked again (like) we had the game winner off a nice cross pass from Mark (Kinyanjui) to a streaking Haukass, but the ref blew the whistle, ending the game right before Ask tapped it in," Schmidt said.

About five minutes into the first overtime, the assistant referee called a bump foul on one of the Saints, setting up a free kick for LSCC.

LSCC played the ball into the box.

"We got a clear, but the ball came out to a Summit Christian player, who was able to knock it in off the far post to seal our fate," Schmidt said.

Lutz had seven saves in net for the Saints.

"It was a tough loss to a district foe," Schmidt said. "But the good part is, we felt we dictated play, and with a little luck and better shot taking, we could have won the match."

at Saint Paul 1, Oak Grove 0 (4-2 PK)

"During the play of the game, we did everything right but put the ball in the goal," Schmidt said. We possessed and defended very well. But, unfortunately, between a couple of nice saves and shots over the goal, we were unable to put Oak Grove away during regulation."

Schmidt gave kudos to the Saints defensive back four of Nolan Peters, Steffen Lone, Hunter Herold and Torbjoern Loetvedt, stopping all Oak Grove attacks.

"With a couple of nice saves from Nathaniel Lutz, we blanked a very good team," Schmidt said.

The Saints failed to score in regulation and the two overtimes, despite getting 20 shots.

Kinyanjui, Peters, Haukass and Lone each scored on penalty kicks, while Lutz made two saves in the four Oak Grove tries. The Saints won the shootout 4-2, not having to take their last shot.

Lutz made five saves in the match.

The junior-varsity teams played to a 0-0 tie. The game was called at halftime due to darkness.

The varsity Saints are 6-1. The JV Saints are 1-0-1.

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