Update 10/10/13: The No. 12 seeded Mayer Lutheran boys’ soccer season has ended after a 7-0 loss to No. 5 Chaska on Oct. 8.
After picking up two wins over Rockford and St. Agnes last week, the Mayer Lutheran boys’ soccer team was awarded the No. 12 seed in Section 6A.
The week began with a 2-1 victory over Rockford in the Crusaders’ last home game of the season. Celebrating Senior Night as well as Watertown-Mayer’s homecoming, LHS head coach Josh Hanley said the team desired the win.
“That was a very hard fought game,” he said. “They really wanted that game.”
After having lost to Rockford in the teams’ first meeting earlier this season, the Crusaders came out fighting. Hanley said play went back and forth with good flow to the game.
Senior Matt Scanlon scored both goals for LHS, one unassisted and the other assisted by senior Nick Hix.
At St. Agnes on Oct. 5 in Mayer Lutheran’s final game of the regular season, the Crusaders shut down the Aggies 5-0.
Goals came from Hix, Scanlon, junior Dain Aarrestad, senior Dylan Derner, and sophomore Charlie Menke.
“Five goals, five different players, from all different spots on the field,” Hanley said. “I think we were just a better team.”
Up at halftime, Hanley said he allowed many of his starting players a break, giving more junior varsity players some varsity experience.
“We had a lot of guys who got some playing time,” he said.
With the Rockford and St. Agnes wins in the book, the Crusaders finished the regular season with an 8-7 record, the first winning season in program history at Mayer Lutheran.
“We’re very happy with a winning season,” Hanley said. “WE think we should have done better … we felt a few games slipped through our fingers.”
For their first game in the Section 6A tournament, the No. 12 Crusaders were slated to take on No. 5 Chaska on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Results of that contest were not available when this issue went to press, but headed into the game, Hanley was confident Mayer Lutheran could give Chaska a run for its money if things go as planned.
“I think we have a really good chance of holding our ground and possibly getting a win out of it,” he said. “I believe we could surprise a couple teams in the section if we can come out and play like we can. We could at least cause some problems for people.”
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