Saint Paul soccer continues to roll

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Thursday, Oct. 3 — Nonconference — Chillicothe HS
Saint Paul 3
Chillicothe 1

We came out strong against Chillicothe, possessing well and attacking.
The Saints scored early in the 11th minute, when sophomore Koryn Babor knocked in a cross from junior Haakon Arnesen. Sophomore Phillip McCaslin extended the lead to 2-0 in the 24th minute off a pass from junior Daniel Onarheim. In the 30th minute, the lead was cut in half on a Chillicothe goal from a long free kick. Arnesen extended the lead back to two with two minutes left in the first half, taking a Nathanim Philipos (sophomore) pass and knocking one past the keeper.
The second half seemed uneventful, scorewise, although we had a goal waved off for offside. We did a good job of protecting our lead to get the win. Sophomore Elijah Rankin tended the net in the first half with two saves, and we had junior Oliver Falk in goal in the second half, getting one save from him.
We moved to 10-0 with the victory.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 — I-70 Conference — Saint Paul Lutheran HS
Saint Paul 2
Lone Jack 0

Our only I-70 Conference match of the season and Lone Jack is the team that eliminated us a year ago, so we wanted to win this one.
Junior Haakon Arnesen scored in the game’s 16th minute off a pass from junior Sander Bekkesletten to start us up. That was the entirety of scoring for the first half, despite a lot of possession for the Saints.
The second half started strong for us, with junior Vebjoen Nedreboe heading in a goal off a pass from senior Trey Beerman. Despite a lot of possession and shots, Lone Jack held it to 2-0 for the match.
Shots favored the Saints 27-1 for the match — obviously a match we could have scored a couple more goals in, but overall a very strong defensive and possessive effort. Sophomore Elijah Rankin (first half) and junior Oliver Falk (second half) combined on the shutout in goal.
We moved to 11-0 (1-0) on the season with the victory.

Thursday, Oct. 10 — Kansas City Showcase — Kansas City, Mo.
Saint Paul 1
KC Barstow 1 (F/Suspended - lightening)

This was a good match against Barstow School, the defending state champs. We came out slow and turned it over in front of our own goal in the first minute, allowing a goal. After that we still really didn’t play well for another 10 minutes, but slowly started adapting to a better foe. Junior Haakon Arnesen took a long pass in the 22nd minute and scored to tie the game at 1-1.
That was it for scoring.
The game was suspended with 23 minutes left to play due to lightning and will not be finished.
This very likely is a game that could be played again in the state playoffs with a final four birth on the line.
For the game, shots favored the Saints 8-5 and corners favored us 6-5. Sophomore Elijah Rankin played the first half in goal, saving two of three shots on goal, while junior Oliver Falk made one save in the abbreviated second half.
The result moved us to 11-0-1 (1-0) on the season.

Saturday, Oct. 12 — Kansas City Showcase — Kansas City, Mo.
Saint Paul 6
Maryville 0

This was our best offensive match of the year.
We passed the ball well and attacked with purpose. In the 16th minute, junior Haaken Arnesen scored from 10 yards out on a nice cross from sophomore Phillip McCaslin. Just a minute later, junior Sander Bekkesletten stole a pass and scored unassisted. We made it 3-0 with a Vegard Vik (junior) goal on a nice through ball from junior David Phan with three minutes to play in the half.
In the second half we got going quick again with a sophomore Koryn Babor goal off an Arnesen assist. 10 minutes later Babor set up senior Trey Beerman for a laser shot from 18 yards out. The 6th goal was a Vebjeon Nedreboe (junior) finish off a Bekkesletten cross. Sophomore Elijah Rankin started the game in goal, with senior Damon Law and freshman Stettler Larsen splitting time in the second half.
The Saints had 24 shots and three corners for the match to four and one for the Spoofhounds, respectively. Tough matches await for the Saints this week, hosting Booneville HS on Tuesday and visiting Sacred Heart HS on Thursday.
We will be in Stover with the junior varsity team for a tourney over the weekend.
We moved to 12-0-1 (1-0) with the win.

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