After the first week, the Mayer Lutheran boys’ soccer team is 0-2 after losses to Delano and the International School of Minnesota.
Delano 5, LHS 0
Traveling to the Delano tournament on Aug. 25, the Crusaders played just one game, a 5-0 loss to the home team.
A small team to begin with, the Crusaders brought only nine players to Delano, but brought much more home in the form of confidence.
The Tigers scored all five goals in the first half, before being shut down by the Crusaders’ defense. On the defensive line, sophomores Garret Corkins, Dain Aarestead, and Caleb Sebora, along with freshman Brandon Holmes teamed up to stop the Tigers.
Crusader head coach Josh Hanley said the defense clicked in the second half and kept the Tigers at bay, despite Delano’s continued attack.
Senior Michael Limmel was in goal for LHS, with 23 saves.
“He had an amazing performance,” Hanley said, “and kept us from getting totally blown out of the water.”
Offensively, the Crusaders had seven shots on goal, four from senior Zach Schilling and three from senior Jesse Greenhagen.
ISM 2, LHS 1
Hosting the International School on Aug. 28, the Crusaders suffered a rough 2-1 loss. An improvement over 2011’s 9-1 loss to ISM, Hanley said the Crusaders were able to get on the board first with a goal by Greenhagen about seven minutes in. The Huskies would put up two goals near the end of the half, and neither team would score in the second.
The Crusaders had 10 shots on goal. The Huskies had 22 shots and two goals. Limmel had nine saves.
Hanley said most of the Huskies’ shots came from far out in the second half, as the Crusader defense once again locked down.
Running a new formation on offense, the Crusaders were able to move the ball forward quickly and work it around, according to Hanley.
The Crusaders will host Rockford tonight, Sept. 6 in what promises to be a close game, Hanley said.
“I think my guys have got their heads screwed on straight,” he said.
The Crusaders are still searching for their first victory at the varsity level, and Hanley has made a bet with the team. A usual casual dresser, Hanley has promised to wear a suit to any game following a Crusader victory.