The Watertown-Mayer boys’ soccer team snapped a four-game losing streak last week when the Royals went on the road to beat Cristo Rey Jesuit 3-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
All three goals for the Royals were scored in the first half, and all thre came courtesy of Matt Scanlon. The Royals had a 3-0 halftime lead before allowing one second-half goal.
The three goals for Scanlon give him 14 on the season, three more than he had all of last season, when he was second on the team with 11 goals. He is chasing Alex Bakke’s school record of 19 goals, which was set last season.
Scanlon’s 14 goals have come in just seven games, and he has accounted for all but one of the team’s 15 goals this season. Head coach Jeff Schults said Scanlon has been a terrific leader for the team.
“He’s still hard on himself, works hard and is supportive to everybody,” Shults said. “He’s a good leader and a good captain.”
The Royals got assists from Nick Hix, Nick DeNomme and Josh Loomis on the three goals. With the win, the Royals are now 3-4. Shults said the team was excited to snap the losing streak and ready to move forward.
“They were excited,” he said of the win. “I can tell they’re looking forward to the next game.”
That next game was against Mayer Lutheran on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Royals will also take on International School of Minnesota on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m., and will host their tournament on Saturday, Sept. 22. The tournament also includes Columbia Heights, Mayer Lutheran and Hutchinson. The tournament gets under way at 9:30 a.m.