Old rivalries were rehashed last Tuesday night, as the Mayer Lutheran boys’ soccer team took down longtime Watertown-Mayer rival Glencoe-Silver Lake at Watertown on Sept. 12 in a 3-0 shut out.
With junior Garrett Corkins back in the net for LHS, and a struggling Panther program that was only able to get two shots on goal the entire evening, the Crusader offense controlled the ball, and the game.
“We played outstanding in that game,” LHS head coach Josh Hanley said. “If you give us room, we’ll take it and we’ll run with it, and Glencoe gave us a lot of room to move.”
Seniors Christian Bakke (2) and Matt Scanlon scored the goals for LHS for the 3-0 win.
Away games are hard and Saturday games are tough, too. So an away Saturday game proved too much for the LHS team as the Crusaders fell to the International School of Minnesota 6-2 on Sept. 14.
Hanley said a missed call during the game took the wind from the Crusaders’ sails and, as was the story last season, it only took five minutes of unfocused play to give ISM three goals.
“It seemed like we were always half a step behind everybody,” Hanley said.
Scanlon scored both goals for Mayer Lutheran against ISM.
While the varsity squad struggled against ISM, the junior varsity Crusaders played their first ever game as a program and took away a 4-0 victory over ISM.
“It looked really pretty too,” Hanley said. “It’s good to come out and win your first JV game.”
This weekend, the Crusaders will host Watertown-Mayer’s annual boys’ soccer tournament, competing against teams from Hutchinson, Andover, and Columbia Heights. Play begins Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. as LHS takes on Hutchinson, followed by the Andover/Columbia Heights game. The loser bracket game is at 1 p.m., followed by the championship at 2:45 p.m.
With Mayer Lutheran and Watertown-Mayer now a cooperative program, Hanley said “We’re hoping to win it this year.”
Next week, the Crusaders host St. John’s Prep on Tuesday and play at Southwest Christian Thursday.
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