by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
A breakaway goal by a speedy Blaine forward settled the issue as the Bengals tipped the Elk River Elks 2-1 on Thursday evening in Elk River.
After 60 scoreless minutes, the Bengals got on the board with a penalty kick with 19:11 left. After the Elks were called for tripping in the box, Bengal junior attacker Mitchell Boege fired the ball past Elk goalie Cody Christ on the ground into the right corner.
The Elks (0-3) quickly tied the score on a goal by Ryan Ness with 16:24 remaining. The senior mid scored from about eight yards out, after the Elks made a nice rush to the net and bounced the ball around briefly. Ness made sure of this one, after moments earlier had a scorching close-range shot blocked by Blaine goalie Tyler Carlson.
The tie held until 8:07 left when Blaine’s Ayuk Tambe got the game-winner on sheer speed. After a teammate booted the ball across midfield, the 5-foot-5 Tambe outran two Elks to the ball, tapped it away just ahead of Christ’s attempt to came out to try smother it, then rolled it into an open net from about 15 yards out.
Elk River will play at Wayzata on Thursday evening, 7 p.m.. after the girls play at 5 p.m.