Soccer: Storm & Thunder get Elks going in 3-0 opening win over Buffalo

Storm Heyer hoisted brother Thunder after they collaborated for the Elks first goal. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Storm Heyer hoisted brother Thunder after they collaborated for the Elks first goal. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

It turns out Storm Heyer has a younger brother named Thunder. The two of them generated a little lightning  in Elk River-Zimmerman’s opener Thursday evening,

Storm knocked in two goals, with a nice assist from Thunder on the first one, to lead a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Bison at home.

“We practice at our house all the time,” said Storm. “He knows what I want. He played a straight ball and I went diagonal.”

Storm, a senior, is a third-year starter with 11 goals the past two seasons. Thunder, a freshman, made his Elk debut.

Buffalo goalie Jerame Schutzle made four difficult saves previously, two of them against Storm, but when Storm slipped behind a defender in the 37th minute and got the pass from Thunder, he  drilled the ball over the goalie’s shoulder from about eight yards for the Elks first goal of the year.

ERZ midfielder Joe Marsh advanced the ball with Buffalo's xxxxx in pursuit. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

ERZ midfielder Joe Marsh advanced the ball with Buffalo’s Aaron Dahl in pursuit. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

“I knew I’d get the goal that time,” said Storm, who hoisted his younger brother in the air during the goal celebration.

The two Zimmerman sibs are three years apart and will be teammates for the first time this year. Thunder sat out last fall due to a knee problem.

These are their real names, by the way. They have an older sister with a non-meteorogical name, Cassie.

Elk defender Trevor Riebel cranks up to pass the ball. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk defender Trevor Riebel cranks up to pass the ball. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Storm made it 2-0 with a powerful kick from 25 yards that ducked just under the crossbar in the 60th minute.

“You could see the goalie was not prepared for that one,” said coach Aaron Lindquist. “It was a beautiful shot.”

Mitch Weege, junior mid, made it 3-0  with a towering pass from near midfield that kept carrying and wound up dropping behind the goalie. That was Weege’s first varsity goal.

ERZ’s defensive corps — the starters are Trevor Reibel, Rob Burger, Emmanuel Kai and Tanner Beckerleg — kept the Bison away from goalie Cody Christ for the most part.

“We have really been commanding on our back line,” said Lindquist, meaning scrimmages and the opener. “Our goal is a lot of shutouts this year.”

This was Lindquist’s first game as a solo head coach, although he served as co-head coach the last two years with Tom Olson, who resigned after his 20th season.

Somebody crept up behind Lindquist with  two minutes left and dumped a bucket of water on him.

“I was still focusing on the last two minutes,” he said, smiling, “and then I’m drenched! I don’t know who it was. They were silent on the bench. But I’ll find out.”

The Elks will meet another section rival, Buffalo, there on Saturday, 2 p.m.

Elks edge alums on penalty kicks

The Elk varsity edged an alumni team 2-1 on penalty kicks on Tuesday evening. Tony Cloud (Class of 2006) scored for the alums early in the second half and Jordan Griffin scored for the varsity shortly after. With Christ of the varsity and Nick Werner (2009) of the alums at goalkeeper, the score remained tied.

In the penalty kicks, the varsity outscored the alums 5-4. Reibel, Joey Benz, Storm Heyer, Ryan Stefano, and Grant Tesdahl were successful for the varsity in the shootout. Lindquist, Ryan Servaty, Brian Steuter and Derrick Dorholt scored for the alums.

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