Crusader soccer tops Big Lake, Becker

The Mayer Lutheran boys’ soccer team continues to pick up wins as the Crusaders took down Big Lake and Becker in recent games, as well as played host to the Watertown tournament on Saturday.

Junior Dustin Koehnen travels up field with the ball earlier this season.
Junior Dustin Koehnen travels up field with the ball earlier this season.

Hosting Big Lake on Sept. 19, everything worked for the Crusaders, according to head coach Josh Hanley.

“We did a really good job playing, it’s that simple,” he said.

Leading 3-0 at halftime, Hanley said the offense was strong and the defense was holding up. Mayer Lutheran eased back a little in the second half, and when Big Lake put in a goal early in the period, the Crusaders responded minutes later with another of their own.

Junior Dain Aarrestad scored twice for LHS, while seniors Matt Scanlon and Christian Bakke also scored.

The Crusaders also welcomed back goalie Jose Amaya for his first game of the 2013 season.

The weekend tournament brought games against Hutchinson and Columbia Heights for the Crusaders. Falling 2-1 to Hutchinson on Sept. 21, Hanley simply said “what a game.”

“We controlled it, we had shots on goal, we had chances to win it,” he said.

After suffering an ankle injury during the Big Lake game, senior Dillon Derner was missing from action on defense, but Hanley said the Crusaders held up well.

Next up against Columbia Heights, the Crusaders fell 10-0. Trailing 8-0 after the first half, Hanley said the Crusaders held their own in the second half, while Columbia Heights kept the pressure up.

“It was good, solid, this-is-how-we-play-type soccer (for LHS),” Hanley said.

Earlier this week, Mayer Lutheran traveled to Becker and brought home a 1-0 win. Scanlon scored the lone LHS goal midway through the first half, presenting the Crusaders with the challenged of holding Becker at bay.

“[Becker] threw everything at us coming down the wire and we were able to hold them,” Hanley said.
With good, physical play, the well-called game by the referees was simply fun to watch, he added.

“It was a wonderful, wonderful game,” Hanley said.

The Crusaders wrap up the regular season next week by hosting Rockford on Oct. 1 and finishing up at St. Agnes on Oct. 5. The Section 6A tournament is set to begin Oct. 8.


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