Saints slash through Summit Christian Academy Cup
A clean sweep of three matches this week at Lee's Summit thanks to offensive firepower made the Saint Paul Saints the winners of the 2016 Summit Christian Academy Cup.
Saint Paul 5
Kansas City East Christian 2
After a scoreless first 10 minutes last Monday, Frode Hitland put the Saints on the board first in the 12th minute by depositing a high pass from Tanner Lark into the back of the net.
KCEC tied the match up six minutes later, but Saint Paul finished the first half with a flurry. After Simon Hoeyland finished off a cross from Hitland in the 27th minute, Haavard Stranden punched in a long pass across the box from Eugene Kinyanjui two minutes later.
"We passed really well and controlled the game against a solid team," said Saints head coach Luther Schmidt.
Kinyanjui padded the lead early in the second half with goals in the 42nd and 47th minute off passes from Hitland and Hoeyland, respectively.
KCEC would add a second tally in the final minute of the match. Harrison Boynton started the match at goal keeper and made six saves. Howard Tam finished up and also recorded a save.
Saint Paul 5
Lincoln College Prep 1
It only took eight minutes for the Saints to seize the lead last Tuesday, as Kinyanjui stayed hot and scored off a feed from Hitland during a counter.
Kinyanjui shared in the scoring by setting up Hitland with a cross that he knocked in, in the 14th minute.
Tanner Lark made the halftime lead 3-0 after a penalty kick due to a handball in the box by Lincoln Prep.
"[Lincoln Prep] is a very athletic team," Schmidt said. "They present some challenges defending, but we did a nice job."
Those challenges reared their ugly head at the start of the second half, as Lincoln Prep scored its lone goal in the 50th minute off a corner kick.
But Hitland reclaimed the three-goal advantage nine minutes later off a Lark cross, and he completed the "hat trick" in the last four minutes by blasting a rebound off the post back in the net.
Boynton made another six saves, and Tam had a stop in goal in the second half.
Saint Paul 8
Summit Christian Academy 0
The Saints finished off the tournament and the week by disposing of the Eagles for the second time this season on Thursday.
Hitland found Kinyanjui for some more eighth-minute magic, then Hitland knocked in a pass from Trey Beeman eight minutes later.
Kinyanjui polished off a pass from Lark in the 35th minute, and Hitland continued his monster week by punching in a rebounded corner shot in the final minute of the first half.
"We played very well," Schmidt said. "Hopefully we can carry it into the postseason. If we continue to move the ball around like this, we will be tough to beat."
Hitland found Kriss Teignes on the back post five minutes into the second half to get the attack going again.
Kinyanjui and Hitland both finished off "hat tricks" with third goals in the 54th and 59th minutes, respectively. Hitland finished with a pair of hat tricks in three days and seven goals total for the tournament.
Wyatt Todd finished the scoring in the 60th minute off a Hoeyland cross. Boynton and Tam split time in goal and made three saves each.
Saint Paul finished the regular season with a record of 18-4. The top-ranked-in-the-state Saints are the number-one seed in their Class 1 District 7 tournament this week and played either Lone Jack or Knob Noster yesterday in Kansas City.
If the Saints won, they play either Barstow or KC Lutheran tomorrow night at 7 for the district championship.