Soccer: Elk boys snag Pirates 2-0, are tied for lead

Elk River's Joey Benz (15) converged on the ball with Park Center's Samuel Ben. (Photo by Bob Burley)

An Elk River-Zimmerman boys soccer team that lost its first four games now finds itself tied for first place in the conference.

The Elks tripped Park Center 2-0 at home Thursday evening, their third straight win that evens their overall record at 5-5.

Jeremy Carlson (right) of the Elks worked against Samuel Ben. (Photo by Bob Burley)

Storm Heyer scored for ERZ midway through the first half when the Pirate goalie dropped a ball and Heyer hustled in from the left side to make the shot which glanced off a defender and into the net. Max Riebel scored about 10 minutes later. Both goals were unassisted.

Goalkeeper Cody Christ notched six saves in the shutout.

“Gavin Doppler and Josh Chuba played outstanding in the center of the defense,” said coach Tom Olson, “and Jordan Vassuer and Landon Werner also played well on the outside. ┬áPark Center was dangerous several times in the second half and the defenders were able to make last-minute stops to prevent goals.”

The Elks are now 4-2 in the Northwest Suburban, good for a share of the lead in the lead in a congested race including no ranked teams. Centennial and Maple Grove are also 4-2, Blaine 3-2-1 and Park Center 4-3.

The Elks will host Rogers on Saturday in a non-conference doubleheader with girls starting at 11 a.m. and boys at 1 p.m.