Soccer: Totino-Grace edges Rogers boys 2-1

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Soccer balls are slippery when wet, like most smooth objects, a fact that proved costly to the Rogers boys in a 2-1 loss to the Totino-Grace Eagles at home Tuesday evening.

“The ball was wet because it was sprinkling at the start of the game,” said coach Chris Miller. “Our goalie, Andrew Bentz, picked up the ball — and it popped right out of his hands. One of their guys was right there and booted it in. And that was in the first minute.”

Zachary Canton got the opening goal, and the 1-0 lead stood for 70 minutes.

Rogers knotted the score when Brady Johnson made a powerful shot from the 18-yard marker, at the end of a series of nice passes by the Royals, with 10 minutes left.

Totino-Grace, ranked No. 4 in Class A, got the go-ahead goal from Nicholas Tandesky with about 8:30 left, capitalizing on a bit of defensive confusion by the Royals. One defender had to mark two guys, and Tandesky was open.

Rogers has three close losses — 2-1 to St. Francis, 3-2 to Park Center and now 2-1 to Totino-Grace. The Royals will play at Osseo on Thursday.