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Crimson boy kickers enjoy 1-1-1 week

By JM, 09/29/16, 6:45AM CDT

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Maple Grove tied Blaine, beat Champlin Park and lost to Totino Grace in last week’s boys’ soccer action.

MAPLE GROVE 1, BLAINE 1

Maple Grove traveled to Blaine take on the eighth-ranked Bengals Sept. 13 and came away with a 1-1 tie.

The Bengals got on the board in the sixth minute of the game with a driving shot from the left center of box from Blaine’s Michael Hallberg.

Crimson senior captains Juan Mantilla and Ryan DeBois battled to keep Maple Grove in the game firing shots left, right and over the goal. Maple Grove’s cause was not helped when sophomore defenseman Riley Gill left the game after an ankle injury.

Crimson senior captain Ryan DeBois (24) has provided clutch goals on a consistent basis this season. He netted a hat trick in Maple Grove’s 4-1 win over Champlin Park last week. (Photo by Rich Moll- richmollphotography.com)

Crimson senior captain Ryan DeBois (24) has provided clutch goals on a consistent basis this season. He netted a hat trick in Maple Grove’s 4-1 win over Champlin Park last week. (Photo by Rich Moll- richmollphotography.com)

Sophomore Cameron Barbour drew a free kick just outside the box from a collision with a Bengal player. DeBois took the shot for the Crimson and wedged the ball between the wall of Bengal players and the left post of the goal.

DeBois nearly put the Crimson up by a goal on a shot off the cross bar that bounced down just outside the goal line, which was swept away by the Bengal defense. Moments later, Maple Grove senior Tyler Markve chipped the ball into DeBois, who fired a shot off the goalie’s mitts and Mantilla’s rebound shot was just wide.

Blaine had their chances as well, Crimson senior goalie Peter Shpak came out of the net for a save, but the ball bounced over Shpak and was loose in front of the open goal. Quick thinking sophomore Jack Gleckler lunged at the ball with a sliding kick that moved the ball to midfield.

Nearing the end of regulation, Maple Grove was pressuring the ball deep in the Blaine end when the ball popped out toward midfield field with no one near except Blaine’s Hallberg and Maple Grove’s Gleckler, who raced down the field in the final 10 seconds of the half that expired before Blaine could take a shot.

In the overtime, both teams had opportunity, but the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Crimson coach Chad Morse had praise for Gleckler, who won a ton of head balls, Jeff Clune for playing extended minutes and the entire defense of Dakota Weigel, Brody Carron and Caleb Robinson for stepping up and defending well.

Maple Grove 4, Champlin Park 1

The Crimson defeated visiting Champlin Park in the rain Sept. 15.

Champlin Park started out strong with two shots on goal, giving Crimson goalie Shpak some early work in the opening minutes of the game. However, it was DeBois who started the scoring in the 11th minute with an unassisted shot from the left corner of the box that he lofted over the out stretched hands of the goalie.

The Rebels came back with pressure, but again DeBois pushed back with a shot under the goalie to put the Crimson up 2-0.

Rebel Senior Ryan Wood gave Champlin Park a chance with a cross in front of the net but Shpak soared up to snatch the ball out of the air.

Karpeh Zoogley put the Crimson up 3-0 with a penalty kick in the lower right corner to close the scoring for the first half.

The second half opened with a flurry of activity in the Maple Grove end, with the Rebels sending five corner kicks in row in front of the Crimson goal. Each time, the Maple Grove defense cleared the ball out of bounds until Jack Gleckler was able to break out of the Crimson end and pass the ball up to DeBois. DeBois raced past a Rebel defenseman who had slipped on the wet turf, offering DeBois an open look at the goalie, and netting him a hat trick for the evening, putting Maple Grove up 4-0.

Lightening stopped the game midway through the second half and by the time the game resumed, Maple Grove appeared to have a hard time regaining its energy. Champlin Park took advantage with 16 minutes left in the game when Rebel junior Fadel Kabore won a header from junior Jack Snee’s corner kick to put the Rebels on the board. However, Maple Grove was able to hold on for the 4-1 win.

Totino Grace 2, Maple Grove 1

Maple Grove hit the road again on Sept. 17 for a day game at Totino Grace. The Crimson spotted the Eagles an early lead midway through the first half when Eagles sophomore Herbert Endeley found senior Matthew Richards open in front of the net. Richards drilled the shot past the Crimson goalie for the 1-0 lead.

The Eagles went up by two in the 26th minute of the game on a penalty kick from Peter McHugh. The Crimson battled back in a physical game that saw three yellow cards issued to the Eagles. Crimson senior Charlie Schmid returned from missing several games due to injury and set up DeBois late in the first half but DeBois’ shot went high.

Crimson sophomore Jack Gleckler moved the Crimson to within one on a free kick from the 35 yard line that he placed just over the goalies hands. Clune set up the free kick by drawing a foul.

As time was winding down, Markve drew a free kick for Gleckler from 52 yards out, but this time the shot was saved by the Totino Grace goalie, who held on to win 2-1.

The Crimson travel to Osseo on Sept. 22.