Royal boys soccer loses two close games

Watertown-Mayer’s Matt Scanlon, left battles for possession of the ball with a Southwest Christian player during a game last Friday at Watertown-Mayer High School. Scanlon has been on a tear so far this year, scoring 11 of the team’s 12 goals this season.

Watertown-Mayer’s Matt Scanlon, left battles for possession of the ball with a Southwest Christian player during a game last Friday at Watertown-Mayer High School. Scanlon has been on a tear so far this year, scoring 11 of the team’s 12 goals this season.

More superb play from Matt Scanlon and Brandon Kuntz wasn’t enough last week to keep the Watertown-Mayer boys’ soccer team from losing both of its games in close fashion. The Royals fell 3-2 to Rockford, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and lost by the same score to Southwest Christian on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Scanlon scored all four goals during the week for the Royals, boosting his season total to 11 goals in just six games. Kuntz, the team’s senior goalkeeper, also gave the Royals a chance to win each game by keeping the team in it with numerous spectacular saves.

Against Rockford in the first game of the week, Scanlon actually gave the Royals the lead with a goal in the first half. Rockford answered by scoring the next two goals before Scanlon tied the game once again for the Royals. The game eventually had to be settled in overtime, with Rockford pulling out the win.

Against Southwest Christian on Thursday, the Royals fell behind 2-0 before Scanlon scored to cut the lead in half. Southwest got the goal back to go ahead 3-1, but Scanlon again cut the lead to a single goal with his 11th goal of the season. However, it wasn’t enough to beat the Stars, despite stellar play from Kuntz, who made 22 saves in the game.

“If not for Brandon Kuntz, it would not even have been close,” head coach Jeff Shults said. “It probably should have been about 10 goals. He just makes some incredible, impossible saves.”

So far this year, Scanlon has scored 11 of the team’s 12 goals, with Christian Bakke scoring the other. While Schults is happy to see that kind of production from his star forward, he hopes other players will soon step up as well for the Royals, who are now 2-4.

“We’re working in practice and looking really good,” Schults said. “We have a number of players capable of scoring goals. I think in a few games more and more players will be doing that.”

The Royals were also in action Tuesday at Cristo Rey Jesuit, and will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Mayer Lutheran at 5 p.m.

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