by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk River-Zimmerman stayed unbeaten with a 3-0 conquest of Andover in their conference opener home Tuesday, setting up an early-season showdown with Anoka.
“If Anoka beats Rogers tonight, that’ll be a battle two unbeatens,” said coach Aaron Lindquist about the conference matchup Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Anoka.
The Elks are 3-0-1 after handing Andover (2-1-1) its first loss. Anoka is 5-0-1 after beating Rogers 4-1 on Tuesday.
Storm Heyer scored the first two goals for the Elks, giving him five for the season, and fellow Zimmerman senior Joey Benz notched his first of the year on a booming free kick.
Elk senior goalie Cody Christ anchored the Elks’ second shutout in four games.
“We’ve talked about how we need Cody to make on big save a game to keep us in the game, and he made three or four today,” said Lindquist.
After a scoreless half, Heyer scored on a penalty kick after a Huskie was called for pushing. Heyer made it 2-0 with a header goal off a throw-in from Rob Burger, flicking the ball backward into the far corner with a toss of his head.
Benz, who led the Elks with seven goals last year, hit a powerful free kick from the right sideline, about 25 yards out, that sailed over the leaping goalkeeper. He then turned a couple of somersaults to celebrate getting on the board for the first time in 2013.