St. Agnes will be the Mayer Lutheran boys’ soccer team’s final opponent of the regular season, as the Crusaders head to St. Paul this Saturday, Oct. 5 to face the Aggies.
With a 6-7 record as of Monday, the Crusaders are looking to break even on the season that has brought the team its first varsity wins as a program.
With those six wins, Mayer Lutheran shouldn’t be “at the bottom of the barrel” when section seeding is announced early next week, according to LHS head coach Josh Hanley.
To get to this point, the Crusaders picked up a 3-1 win over St. John’s Prep on Sept. 24, before falling in a 6-1 loss at Southwest Christian on Sept. 26.
Hosting St. John’s Prep last week, the LHS players found themselves on the field for the fourth time in nearly as many days.
“We were starting to run up against a brick wall, it was pretty hard,” Hanley said. “When you have congestion in your schedule, that tends to happen.”
Hanley said that when schedules get tight, players begin to give in to illness, injuries, and general fatigue, but the Crusaders were able to pull together for the 3-1 victory with goals from senior Matt Scanlon (2) and a penalty kick from junior Dain Aarrestad.
At Southwest Christian on Thursday, Hanley said the Crusaders were out of gas.
“We were running on empty from the beginning,” he said. “I think that was the end of a very long and tiresome string of games with very little rest and very little practice.”
The Stars took a 6-0 lead before Aarrestad was able to score late in the second period on an assist from Scanlon.
After St. Agnes on Saturday, it will be a waiting game to see who the Crusaders will face in the opening round of the Section 6A playoffs. Fifteen teams will be narrowed to one section champion during games on Oct. 8-15. All games will be played at the higher seed.
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