Soccer: Tesdahl’s goal in overtime lifts Elk boys over Coon Rapids 2-1

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Grant Tesdahl scored 12 seconds into overtime for Elk River-Zimmerman and the Elks hung on to defeat Coon Rapids 2-1 in overtime Tuesday evening in Coon Rapids.

“They are a team we should beat. Just like the game at St. Michael, we had tons of shots but we can’t find the back of the net,” said Elk coach Aaron Lindquist. “That will come one of these games. I hope it’s Thursday.”

The Elks (2-1 conference, 5-1-1 overall), who nipped a winless STMA team 1-0 on Saturday, will host No. 7 ranked Blaine, state runner-up last year, on Thursday.

Tesdahl, who had missed a game due to a collision that required 14 stitches above his eye, wore an eye patch and the guys were calling him “Pirate,” said Lindquist.

The Pirate actually could see out of both eyes because the patch was above  his left eye. The senior midfielder got the ball after the opening face-off in the first overtime, dribbled down the middle, veered left, angled right, and buried the shot.

The Elks hung on through two five-minute overtimes to pull out the win.

Joey Benz scored for the Elks off a throw-in from Rob Burger in the first half.¬† Tyler Tollackson, Coon Rapids’ best scoring threat, was fouled in the 65th minute and made a penalty kick.

Next opponent Blaine handed Anoka its first loss 3-1 on Tuesday. Anoka is the only team to beat the Elks. Blaine is 2-0 conference and 5-1 overall.