Notes from the Coach: Saints blow out bigger schools in pair of matches
Monday, Oct. 21 Nonconference Saint Paul Lutheran HS
Summit Christian 0
Saint Paul 5
We got going early, with junior Sander Bekkesletten tapping in a pass from junior Haakon Arnesen in the fifth minute. Senior Trey Beerman knocked one past the keeper in the 14th minute, and from there we controlled the match. Beerman knocked in a penalty kick with two minutes until halftime to make it 3-0.
10 minutes into the second half, Arnesen dropped a pass to junior Daniel Onarheim, which he converted into a goal with a laser shot from 25 yards out. Arnesen finished up the scoring with a goal of his own in the 19th minute off a cross from junior Vegard Vik.
Sophomore Elijah Rankin and freshman Stettler Larsen paired up on the shutout, with Rankin recording five saves and Larsen recording one.
The saints had 31 shots in the match to five for SCA. The Saints also led in corners taken, 5-0.
Thursday, Oct. 24 Nonconference Saint Paul Lutheran HS
Saint Paul 5
We got some good pushes in the first 10 minutes or so, but didnt put any in net. Center took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute off a set play on a free kick. Center gained some confidence and started asserting themselves a little for the next five minutes or so, before the Saints started pushing back, earning a corner kick in the 26th minute and tying it back up when senior Trey Beerman knocked it in. With 34 minutes to go, junior Haakon Arnesen gave the Saints the lead, knocking in a throw-in from Beerman.
The second half was pretty much all Saints. The game got pretty physical, with SPLHS earning a penalty kick in the eighth minute of the second half, when junior Sander Bekkesletten got shoved to the ground. Beerman converted the kick to make it 3-1 Saints. Sophomore Phillip McCaslin earned another penalty in the 16th minute and, again, it was converted by Beerman. Beerman rounded out the scoring in the 18th minute with a long free kick to secure the hat trick. The Saints controlled play from there on out to secure the win. Shots favored the Saints 19-6, as did corners, 2-0. Sophomore Elijah Rankin had two saves in the match.
The Saints advance to 17-0-1. They are the last team in Class 1 in the entire state without a loss. The Saints have earned the top seed in Class 1 District 7. They will take on the winner of (4) Cole Camp HS and (5) La Monte HS at 5 pm on Monday, Nov. 7 at Clover Dell Park in Sedalia.