Update: The LHS boys’ soccer team lost in the first round of Section 6A play, falling 9-0 to No. 3 Breck on Oct. 9. Breck will play No. 6 Mound-Westonka on Oct. 11 at Breck, beginning at 7 p.m.
Things for the Mayer Lutheran boys’ soccer team are finally settling in, according to head coach Josh Hanley, who said the patience has arrived and the team is making good passes.
“All of a sudden in the last two games, we’ve clicked,” he said. Finishing the regular season 0-12-2, the Crusaders came close to a win twice last week against Watertown-Mayer and Glencoe-Silver Lake. The also got shut out by Southwest Christian 7-0 on Oct. 2.
W-M 4, Mayer Lutheran 3
In their first triple-goal game in team history, the Crusaders fell to Watertown-Mayer 4-3 on Oct. 4. Trailing 3-0 at halftime, Mayer Lutheran rallied in the second half to score three goals in 20 minutes. Seniors Jesse Greenhagen and Zach Schilling, along with sophomore Dain Aarrestead each scored.
“It was pretty impressive,” Hanley said. “We were putting the ball on the net and the goalie had to make good saves.”
Despite a cold evening, the Crusaders split possession time with the Royals in the first half, and controlled the ball for 70 percent of the second half, according to Hanley.
Mayer 1, G-SL 1
On Oct. 6, the Crusaders captured their second tie of the season against Glencoe-Silver Lake in a 1-1 game.
“We kept putting shots on goal,” Hanley said, “and kept shooting it at the keeper for most of the game.”
Hanley said the team passed the ball and ran the formation very well, despite it being a very physical game.
“That was probably the most physical team we ran into all year, except Spectrum,” he said.
The last two performances have given Hanley confidence in the team, who said repeated good performances speak volumes of the skill of the team that he hopes can carry into next season. The Crusaders drew the No. 14 seed for sections and played the No. 3 seeded Breck Mustangs on Oct. 9.
Results of that game were not available when this issue went to press. Breck finished the regular season 8-7-1 after a recent win over Edina. The winner will play the winner of No. 6 Mound-Westonka and No. 11 International School on Oct. 11, at the higher seed.