St. Michael-Albertville has one of the few soccer programs in the state with a soccer-only home field. Their “pitch” sits on low ground next to a graveyard and a Catholic church with a towering spire. For whatever reasons, the Knights’ field has proven very tough on visiting teams over the years.
The Rogers girls have never won at STMA. The Royals figured this could be the year, as they rode an eight-game win streak into Tuesday evening’s crucial match, hoping to wrap up a conference title and possibly a section top seed.
But it wasn’t to be. The Knights scuttled the Royals 1-0, scoring on a free kick in the first half of an otherwise hard-fought stalemate.
The loss leaves the Royals 6-1 in the Mississippi 8 with one game left. STMA has finished 6-0-2, with ties against Buffalo and Chisago Lakes. (They actually tied Buffalo twice, but one of those was non-conference).
Rogers (9-5 overall) will close the regular season hosting Princeton on Thursday at 7 p.m., needing a win to share the conference title. Princeton is 3-2-3 in the conference.
The Knights are 10-3-3 overall and 5-0-2 in the Section 8AA.