One well-placed shot by Anoka was the decider in a defensive tussle between the Tornadoes and Elk River Elks in girls soccer on Tuesday evening at Schempf Field.
Katie Beckman lofted a soft, “touch” shot over Brienna Dehkes and into the net in the 37th minute. Dehkes had corralled four previous shots on the net but Beckman’s was out of reach.
With the 1-0 win, Anoka improved to 2-0 in the NWSC and 2-2 overall. The Elks are 2-3 overall and 0-2 in conference. They’ve been shut out three straight games.
Elk coach Brian Steuter felt it was a fine effort by both teams.
“There was intensity all over, and both sides played crisp, with good defensive shape,” said Stueter. “They made sure to have good numbers back to counteract our speed. They knew where we would be attacking from.”
The Elks had 14 total shots and Anoka had 10, with each team directing seven shots within the scope of the net.
“Our movement was good, and our passing was good, except for a couple of five-minute stretches,” said Steuter. “We played a very good game. We just did not put anything on the board.”
Emily Lewis almost got the Elks on the board with a spin move but Tornado goalie Shelby Fehringer was able to lunge and tap the ball wide of the net. The Elks had another close-in chance with a minute left but missed wide and were called for offsides anyway.
The Elks will host Coon Rapids on Thursday at 7 p.m.