by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The Elk River girls soccer team could be excused for looking a little dead in the legs as they sputtered to a scoreless tie with Champlin Park, a team they should beat, at home Tuesday evening.
“We just looked dead today, like we had no legs in the second half,” acknowledged coach Brian Steuter. “On those chances we had in overtime, we hesitated a little and didn’t put the greatest stroke on them. And their goal made some good saves, too.”
The Elks were playing for the second straight day and third time in four days. They beat St. Cloud Tech 1-0 on the turf at St. Cloud State on Monday and lost to Rogers 3-1 at home Saturday.
The Elks are 4-3-2 in the conference and 7-6-2 overall with one game left. Champlin Park is 1-6-2 in the conference and 3-8-2 overall.
“They are a decent team and have some solid players, but they have struggled this year, so this certainly is one we wanted to win,” said Steuter. “But, we just played last night, and we’ve got some injuries, and people are in different spots, and we just looked dead today.”
In the second five-minute overtime the Elks had close-range but off-balance shots twice but Rebel goalie Nicole Schultz came out to block them.
The Elks will finish the regular season at Maple Grove on Thursday, 5 p.m. Sectionals will start Tuesday.
Ness goal beats Tech 1-0
Erin Ness provided the lone goal as the Elks edged section rival St. Cloud Tech 1-0 on Monday.
In the 60th minute, Jenna Kivley at midfield made an over-the-top pass to Ness, with the Tiger goalkeeper coming out to try smother the ball. Ness beat her to it and got a toe on the ball, pushing it slowly toward the net.
“The nice thing about turf is, the ball keeps rolling,” grinned Steuter. “It felt like it was going to take forever but it got there.”
The Elks outshot the Tigers (5-6-2) by 15 to six and had a couple shots hit the post.