Soccer: Elk boys trip Brainerd 2-1 in season opener

Storm Heyer of the Elks raced past Brainerd goalie Joseph Anderson and Warrior defenders  to score the first goal of the season. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

In the first home sports event of the 2012-13 school year, the Elk River-Zimmerman boys soccer team outlasted Brainerd  2-1 Thursday evening.

Goals by Storm Heyer and Josh Chuba gave the Elks a 2-0 lead and they held on to win a game in which neither team was able to mount much of an attack.

Ryan Stefano won the ball in a mid-field duel. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“We played our positions well, but we were off on our passing,” said coach Tom Olson. “But it was our first game. Brainerd was a very athletic, and very physical, team.”

Heyer, junior forward, notched the first goal of the season in the eighth minute, outrunning the defense and drawing the goalie out of the box and rifling the ball past him.

Chuba, senior defender, made it 2-0 before halftime when he boomed a free kick from 40 yards that glanced off a defender’s head and into the net.

Corey Tollefsrud scored for Brainerd early in the second half, assisted by Josh Wasniewski. The Warrior goalie was Joseph Anderson.

The Elks scored their two goals from just five shots on goal while Brainerd had only six shots on goal. Cody Christ made five saves for the Elks and Nick Bandescu made one when Christ left for a few minutes after a collision.

“Our defense was strong. Josh ran the show back there and got to a lot of balls,” said Olson.

One mishap was a concussion suffered by Jordan Vasseur, senior defender, in the first half.

The Elks will play at Buffalo on Saturday, 11 a.m.

Jordan Vasseur (13) battled for the ball against two Brainerd players. (Photo by Bruce Strand)