Soccer: Elk girls take control late, beat Anoka 2-1

The Elk River girls scored twice nine minutes apart late in the game and held on to defeat Anoka 2-1 on Wednesday in Anoka.

Coming off a 3-2 loss to Andover in the conference opener Tuesday when they gave up the last two goals, the Elks (3-2) battled Anoka (1-3) to a scoreless tie for 60 minutes.

At that point, Madyson St. German got the Elks on the board. The junior forward charged the net, drew out the goalie and a defender and got into a scramble for the ball. When the ball popped out she turned and scored.

The Elks went up 2-0 when Logan Daulton scored in the 70th minute, cutting through the defense to retrieve a through ball and drilling it to the far post. It was the senior forward’s sixth goal of the year.

Anoka scored on a penalty kick by Kaitlyn Beckman in the 77th minute. Elk goalie Megan Marsh stopped the first attempt but Beckman pounced on the rebound.

“We had a slow start. We didn’t have our legs under us,” said coach Brian Steuter. “It felt like the second half of the Andover game. Anoka was really moving the ball and being aggressive.”

In the second half, the Elks adjusted their defensive shape, held more firm in the middle of the field and improved their ball movement.

The Elks will face STMA there Saturday at 1 p.m. after a boys game.