Royals take second at home tournament

The Watertown-Mayer boys’ soccer team went 2-2 last week, beating Mayer Lutheran twice but falling to International School in a close game and losing to Columbia Heights in the championship game of their own tournament on Saturday.

The Royals started the week with a  game at Mayer Lutheran on Tuesday, Sept. 18, which they won 4-0. The Royals took control of the game early and kept up the pressure throughout.

“We started out the game very confidently,” Watertown-Mayer coach Jeff Shults said. “We got ahead early and started scoring goals right away. Everything went well for us.”

For the first time this season, Shults moved Mitchell Sullivan up to forward to try to give team leader Matt Scanlon some help in the goal scoring column. The moved paid off, as both Scanlon and Sullivan finished with two goals apiece. Even goalkeeper Brandon Kuntz got in on the action, and was credited with an assist in the game.

The Royals weren’t as fortunate in the second game of the week, however, another road game at International School. The Royals got two goals from Nick Hix, the second game in a row the Royals got two goals in a single game from a player other than Scanlon, but it just wasn’t quite enough to pull off the win.

“That was nice to see somebody start scoring goals,” Shults said. “It was a good performance from Nick.”

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Royals hosted their own tournament, and faced off against Mayer Lutheran in the first round for the second time in a week. The Royals came away with another shutout, winning 3-0. All three goals were scored in the first half, including two from Scanlon and one from Christian Bakke, his second of the year.

“It was a closer game than we previously had against them, but we still played really well,” said Shults, who also noted that eighth grader Parker Heidorn played a nice game for the Royals.

In the championship game of the tournament, the Royals were pitted against Columbia Heights, which took an early 2-0 lead in the game. However, Scanlon answered with two goals of his own, including his school record 20th of the season, to tie the game at 2-2.

However, the second half was all Columbia Heights as it pulled away for a 7-2 win.

“Give credit to our guys; we evened the score to make it 2-2,” Shults said. “We had chances to score in the second half, but we just didn’t. Sometimes that happens. Columbia Heights did really great work in the penalty box.”

The Royals are now in a stretch of five consecutive home games, which continues this Thursday, Sept. 27, with a 7 p.m. game against Rockford. The Royals also play at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, against Glencoe-Silver Lake, and again on Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. against Maranatha Christian. The Royals hit the road again on Tuesday, Oct. 2, for a 4 p.m. game at PACT.

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