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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Close games for St. John's soccer

  • The St. John’s soccer team in Sleepy Eye has been busy.
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  • The St. John’s soccer team in Sleepy Eye has been busy.
     
    After a 2-0 home opener victory on Sept. 18, the team was on the road as it competed in the RWF Friendship Cup on Sept. 21. The first two matches of the day were against the tough teams of Immanuel of Courtland and Mt. Olive Mankato, in which St. John’s lost 0-5 in both games. However, the score was reversed as the team defeated the Trinity, Janesville team 5-0 to start the bronze bracket of the tourney. Matthew Beussman and Yuri Soloviyov had two goals apiece, while Parker Landkammer scored one of his own. The win took the team to the championship game in the bronze bracket, but St. John’s came up short as they lost 0-1 to Risen Savior, Mankato. The game was a back-and-forth battle all the way through, as St. John’s defense only allowed a single goal, while the offense came very close with a few shots on goal. The team was awarded the second place trophy in the bronze bracket after the game.
     
    On Sept. 25, St. John’s traveled to Redwood Falls where they faced another solid opponent. A quick goal by Beussman gave the team a 1-0 lead but Redwood responded with two goals of their own before halftime. Another goal for St. John’s was made by Colton Moldan in the second half, but Redwood made two more and won 4-2. St. John’s principal and athletics coach Dan Rick said the game was the team’s best performance so far and the season is going well for them.
     
    “The team has had a successful season so far and has shown great improvement from a year ago,” Rick said.
     
    St. John’s record is 2-4 and the team will have its last home game on Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. The game will be held in the field behind the Eagles Baseball Park.

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