Elk River-Zimmerman mounted a stern challenge to an unbeaten Park Center team and came up short 1-0 on Thursday evening in Brooklyn Park.
“We gave them all they could handle,” said Elk coach Tom Olson, “and we lost a heartbreaker.”
Abdulaziz Tahir of the Pirates scored in the 55th minute, pouncing on the ball when it deflected off an Elk defender off a corner kick and driving it low into the corner.
The Elks put some pressure on the net late in the game, most notably when Rob Burger made a nice header off a free kick, only to have Pirate goalie Bryant Brakke get a hand on it.
“Both teams played hand and both teams played clean,” said Olson. “It was a really fun game to play in.”
Park Center (4-0-2 conference, 7-0-2 overall) has a scoring ace in Francis Korma (10 goals, eight assists). The Elks had Jeremy Carlson sticking with Korma and he did a good job holding him in check, said Olson.
The Elks (1-3-1 conference, 5-3-1 overall) were missing Storm Heyer, who has five of the team’s 10 goals, with a stress fracture. He’s expected to miss two weeks.
The Elks will host Osseo next Wednesday.