Saints soccer breeze by pair of opponents

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Offense dominated on the soccer pitch this week for the Saint Paul Saints, winning easily at home on Tuesday night against Knob Noster and Friday evening versus La Monte.

"Overall, we moved the ball around well," Saints head coach Luther Schmidt said. "Our goal ... is to continue to play good soccer and not develop bad habits."

AT Saint Paul 10
Knob Noster 0

The Saints wasted no time jumping on the scoreboard after Eugene Kinyanjui put a right-foot strike from Haavard Stranden in the back of the net in the ninth minute.

Frode Hitland scored two minutes later, and Tanner Lark added a tally two minutes after that to begin the onslaught.

"It's a first-year program, with a couple of talented kids, but young and inexperienced," Schmidt said of the Panthers. "They will improve over time."

Ammi Philipos scored twice; Hitland netted another goal; and Wyatt Todd, Corbin Heath and Sam Henning all put a shot between the posts. Marius Unnvik scored in the 55th minute to end the match early.

Harrison Boynton and Howard Tam combined to make three saves at goalkeeper. The Saints also won the junior varsity match 3-2 behind goals from Heath, Seth Holland and Jonathan Grass.

AT Saint Paul 11
La Monte 1

Hitland started the scoring early again by putting in a deflected shot in the seventh minute. Adrian Stroem found the upper right corner in the 12th minute to extend the early lead.

"They were very young with no seniors and only a couple of juniors," Schmidt said of La Monte, "so this was a game where we got to play a lot of kids."

Simon Hoeyland, Albert Lee and Wyatt Todd all scored to push the margin to 5-0 at halftime. Stranden, Philipos, Clay Lampen and Grant Scott found the net in the second half to raise the lead even further.

The Vikings would tally one goal on a penalty kick midway through the second half. But a goal from Nathan McCaslin and a converted PK by Logan Balinski ended the match via the 10-goal rule and made it 11 goals from 11 different Saints.

Boynton did not face any shots starting the match in net. Tam made one save, and Christoph Marsh made a pair of stops seeing time in goal in the second half.

The Saints moved to 6-1 with last week's victory and are ranked third in the first Class 1 Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association polls of the season behind top-ranked KC Lutheran and number-two KC Barstow.

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