Soccer: Elk boys close conference with 0-0 tie against Crimson

Jeremy Carlson (8) of the Elks advanced the ball against Maple Grove. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


Elk River-Zimmerman managed a 0-0 tie with Maple Grove at home Thursday evening, despite playing a man short for the last 46 minutes.

“It’s been few years since we’ve had one of those,” said coach Tom Olson about the scoreless tie that ended the regular season.

Jeremy Carlson, senior defender, was given his second yellow card of the game for throwing a shoulder into a Crimson forward, in the 44th minute, making it a 10-on-11 game.

The Elks used four defenders, four mids and one forward after that.

“We wanted to control the back and the middle and hope to counter,” said Olson. “We did have some chances. We got in close but put the ball over the net.”

Josh Chuba and Trevor Reibel anchored the defense in a match where much of the action was in the middle.

Maple Grove is 3-4-2 in conference and 5-6-3 overall.

The Elks finished NWSC play¬† 2-6-2. They’ll take a 7-6-2 overall mark into playoffs. With a 4-1 record against section foes, they should get a home game next Thursday, probably against Rogers.