A penalty kick with 11 minutes left decided the outcome as Armstrong nipped Elk River 1-0 in Robbinsdale on Thursday evening.
A foul against Emily Jacobson of Armstrong was called, and the senior midfielder smoked the 12-yard kick to the left of Elk goalkeeper Brienna Dehkes, who got a hand on the ball but couldn’t stop it.
Elk coach Brian Steuter noted that Armstrong got the benefit of the doubt on that crucial call, after the Elks got the same on a play with 20 minutes left. An apparent goal by Armstrong was waved off after Steuter pointed out that his goalie appeared to be bumped by a Falcon when she had the ball in her hands. After a conference, the officials overturned the goal.
“We were happy about that, but of course, they (Armstrong) weren’t,” said the coach. “After that they put a lot more pressure on us.”
Armstrong’s swarming defense is tough to work against, Steuter said. The stats bear that out as the Falcons (3-1-3 conference, 5-2-3 overall) have six shutouts in 10 games.
The Elks (2-4-1 conference, 4-5-2 overall) will host St. Cloud Tech on Saturday, 11 a.m.