Saints remain perfect following two narrow wins

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tuesday, Sept. 24 - Nonconference - Saint Paul Lutheran HS
SPLHS 4
Pleasant Hill 3 (2 OT)

A good win against a solid and athletic team. We tested ourselves, fighting through some adversity. The first half played 0-0 with a lot of action in the midfield, there were no real solid threats on goal either way in the run of play.
PHHS scored 17 minutes into the second half off a header to go up 1-0. Just a minute later the Saints got hit again, this time when junior goalkeeper Oliver Falk drew a red card for a foul outside the box when he came out to play a long through ball, setting us up to play 10 v 11 for the remainder of the match. After a more steady game flow for a while, senior Trey Beerman evened it up off a free kick from 35 yards out. With about 8 to go, the Roosters were gifted a penalty kick, which they converted to make it 2-1. In the 38th minute, junior Haakon Arnesen got in on the keeper along the goal line and was taken down from behind, setting up Beerman with the game tying penalty kick, which he converted to tie it back at 2-2.
Just one minute after we tied it, junior Daniel Onarheim finished an Arnesen cross, so we held a 3-2 lead with two minutes to go. Unfortunately, Pleasant Hill was able to draw another whistle with 15 seconds to play and connected, sending the game to OT.
In the 2nd OT, Arnesen stole a pass from the other keeper, dribbled in and beat him on a chip shot for the golden goal to give us the victory.
Saints had 26 shots to seven for Pleasant Hill. Sophomore Elijah Rankin had two saves in goal and Falk had one. Saints are now 8-0.

Thursday, Sept. 26 - Nonconference - Saint Paul Lutheran HS
SPLHS 1
Parker (CO) Lutheran 0

This was a game that seemed destined to end 1-0, a very good match. Parker came in 6-1 and plays in a very tough suburban Denver league, so a very good test for us.
We had early momentum, generating a couple of quality opportunities, but we failed to convert. The halftime score was 0-0.
Early in the second half, Parker kind of had the run of play, but sophomore Elijah Rankin had two nice saves in about a three-minute span to keep the shutout. The Saints scored with 13 minutes to play, with junior Vegard Vik knocking it in.The goal was set up by a long throw from senior Trey Beerman, which was headed towards goal by junior Vebjoen Nedreboe.
We did a really good job of closing out, holding possession and limiting Parker to just one shot the rest of the way. Saints led in shots 12 - 5.
Rankin went the distance and recorded 3 saves. We are 9-0 now with one match this week, at Chillicothe HS on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

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