Notes from the Coach: Saints soccer remains undefeated through 15 games
Tuesday, Oct. 15 — Nonconference — Saint Paul Lutheran HS
Saint Paul 6
We played well at times, but it took us a while to get going. In the 28th minute Boonville got called for a handball in the box, with senior Trey Beerman converting the penalty kick to make it 1-0. The PK opportunity seemed to open it up a little, as junior Haakon Arnesen scored four minutes later with a left foot shot off a pass from junior Daniel Onarheim pass. Just two minutes later, Beerman scored from the right side when sophomore Phillip McCaslin played him a nice little.drop. We let up and gave Boonville a counterattack goal with two minutes left to play in the first half, setting the halftime score at 3-1.
We really attacked well early in the second half, but didn't score till Arnesen knocked in a through ball from sophomore Koryn Babor. Arnesen got his hat trick in the 16th minute of the game knocking in a long throw from Beerman. Onarheim rounded out the scoring with three to play with a shot from 20 yards out off a failed clearing header from a Booneville defender. The Saints won the field battle also, with shots favoring us 29-6 and corners 3-1. Sophomore Elijah Rankin played the entire game in goal, recording four saves.
The Saints moved to 13-0-1 (1-0) with the win.
With the loss, Boonville falls to 7-5-1.
Thursday, Oct. 17 — Nonconference — Sacred Heart HS
Saint Paul 1
Sacred Heart 0
The only goal of the game came three minutes in, when junior Haakon Arnesen stole the ball from a Sacred Heart defender and beat the keeper low to make it 1-0.
There were quite a few good opportunities for the Saints, including a shot off the post in the 22nd minute, but we couldn't put another one in.
For the match, the Saints had 15 shots to Sacred Heart’s 8, corners we were also favored 4-2. Sophomore Elijah Rankin had three saves and got an assist from a defender, junior Vebjoen Nedreboe as he headed a shot on goal to safety to preserve the shutout.
We probably will see them again in the district tournament. The Gremlins are putting it together and have gotten a few more kids healthy since our earlier matchup.
Sacred Heart falls to 14-7. They started the season 2-4 before turning it around.
We move to 14-0-1 with the victory.