The Maple Grove boys’ soccer Crimson resumed their winning ways on a busy, three-game week with a 4-0 home win against the Elk River Elks Sept. 6.
Maple Grove applied pressure early with shots on goal by Tyler Markve, Jack Gleckler and Riley Gill within the first five minutes of the game, but it was Antonio Magadan who put the Crimson up 1-0 with a shot from the top of the box that ricocheted of an Elks defender.
The Crimson went up by two when Gleckler booted a 60-yard free kick over the goalie that bounced into the net. Jeff Clune put the home team 3-0 when he took a pass from Will Zaver, made a step to the right and hit a curling shot past the goalie.
Senior captain Ryan DeBois finished the scoring when he fought through the Elk River defense and lined a shot in the lower left corner of the goal.
Defensively, goalie Peter Shpak had several strong saves and defensemen Dakota Weigel, Jack Dorholt and Caleb Robinson corralled the Elks for most of the evening.
Coaches Chad Morse and Greg Leininger were pleased with the club’s effort, stating that it was the first time this season that the team played well for the full 80 minutes of the game.
Centennial 2, Maple Grove 1
The Crimson lost a tough game to Centennial Cougars 2-1 Sept. 8. The teams were closely matched and neither had many scoring opportunities. Maple Grove struck first with 18:03 left in the first half. DeBois dribbled the ball to the left side of box, tapped the ball twice to find some space and snuck the ball just inside the lower left post.
Tyler Jamison-Ekeling evened the score for the Cougars with 34.13 remaining in the second half after he took a pass from Tshaplaw Yang and buried the ball in the back of the net.
The deciding goal came with 2:34 remaining in the game on a Cougar free kick from left corner that was accidentally headed into the net by one of the Crimson players.
The Crimson were limited in the second half when Gleckler left the game due to a neck injury sustained in a midfield collision, and senior Charlie Schmid was unavailable due a hamstring injury.
“The injuries hurt us, and we just got out worked a little bit,” Morse said.
Maple Grove 6, St. Michael 0
Maple Grove finished the week with a 6-0 drubbing of St. Michael-Albertville Sept. 10.
Zoogley opened the scoring within the first three minutes of play on a corner kick from Riley Gill that Zoogley headed past the defender. Less than a minute later DeBois worked the left side of net before passing off to Clune, who drilled a point blank shot past the goalie to put the Crimson up 2-0.
Maple Grove continued to pepper Knights goalie Asaba Chomilo with shots throughout the first half, but Chomilo held off the Crimson with repeated saves.
The second half opened much like the first half, with early scoring. Tyler Markve passed the ball to DeBois on the right side, and DeBois drove past two Knight defenders and pasted the ball to the back of the net for the 3-0 lead. Moments later, Markve chipped the ball over the Knights defenders for DeBois, whose shot was deflected by Chomilo, but Clune headed the deflection into the goal to put Maple Grove up by four.
Chomilo again stepped up to stop the barrage of shots from Maple Grove until he was forced to leave the game as a result of a collision with Crimson Jack Gleckler. New Knights goalie Brad Madore had barely stepped into the net when Clune took a pass from DeBois and netted his third goal of the evening. Maple Grove followed up minutes later when senior captain Juan Mantilla chipped the ball to DeBois who tapped in the empty netter.