Elk River-Zimmerman rallied but came up short against Anoka 2-1 on Tuesday evening in Anoka.
“We fought our hearts out and lost,” said coach Tom Olson. “Anoka is a very good team. We hit the post in the first half and had two shots just wide in the second half. It was a frustrating game.”
The Tornadoes (6-1) led 2-0 with goals in the first minute (by Oyou Roland) and 50th minute (name not available).
The Elks got on the board when Max Riebel scored unassisted in the 64th minute on a scramble in the box after a free kick.
“We had some great chances after that but couldn’t score,” said Olson.
Anoka goalkeeper Connor Iverson is “probably the best in the conference,” said the coach, adding that his keeper, Cody Christ, also had a strong game.
Anoka played very physical against Elk River’s standout midfield tandem of Ryan Ness and Kaleb Orrock, but the two seniors still made some good passes and took some good shots.
The Elks (2-5) will play at Coon Rapids on Thursday.