Soccer: Elks stay unbeaten with 3-0 win over Andover

Elk midfielder Joe Marsh (18) and a teammate converge on the ball with Andover's Austin Heil (8). (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk midfielder Joe Marsh (18) and defender Rob BurgerĀ  converge on the ball with Andover’s Austin Heil (8). (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

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.

Coaches gave Joey Benz (15) some praise after he made a long free kick. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Coaches gave Joey Benz (15) some praise after he made a long free kick. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

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.

Elk goalie Cody Christ deflected a Huskie shot over the goal. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk goalie Cody Christ deflected a Huskie shot over the goal. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“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.

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