Park boys soccer: Wolfpack runs record to 2-1 with pair of wins
The Park boys soccer team won its first games of the 2013 season last week, edging Robbinsdale Cooper 1-0 on the road, before pounding Rosemount 5-1 at Wolfpack Stadium in a pair of non-conference games.
At Cooper, Park junior Ethan Berube provided the game’s lone goal — an unassisted 18-yard strike into the side netting. However, Park (2-1) outshot Cooper 15-1 in the game, and had it not been for “outstanding play” by the Cooper keeper, the score could have been more lopsided, according to Park head coach Jason Arnebeck.
Senior goalie Nick Perry notched his first varsity shutout on Aug. 27 versus Cooper (1-2).
Arnebeck also highlighted junior Jake Lanik’s long-range shooting in the game, which “forced Cooper to push up their backs opened up space behind them to create numerous scoring chances,” he said. Also, Arnebeck noted freshman Jack Wagner “displayed the ability to deliver pinpoint passes to the other attacker,” in the game.
In the win over Rosemount, numerous more players were able to get into the box score.
Park senior Arik Kruzeski had a goal and two assists, while sophomore Peyton Boich, Wagner, Lanik and junior Noah Ijomah all tallied one goal against the Irish (1-1-1).
“It was a week of firsts for our team,” Arnebeck said. “Five of the six goals we scored were the first varsity goals for the guys and three of the five assists were first varsity points for those players.”
The turning point of the match was provided by Kruzeski and Boich. With Park down 1-0 with 15 minutes to play in the first half, Kruzeski dropped a pass from the 18-yard line to Boich, who took a crackling one time strike that went side net.
“The play ignited our young team and brought confidence that they were searching for,” Arnebeck said. “Our backs (Matt Goecke, Yemi Adewola, Berube, Dalton Kellen and Ryan Zamora) did a great job of tightening up their marks and not allowing the taller Rosemount players to dominate in the air.”
Next up, Park begins Suburban East Conference play at home against rival East Ridge on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Wolfpack Stadium.
East Ridge (3-0) played Park to a 2-2 draw last season. The Raptors have had a strong start to their season in winning matches against Kennedy and a physical, fast team in Duluth East.
“They feature several young players that already have a year of varsity experience under their belt, so we will need to remain very disciplined and start fast in order to mirror what I would expect to be a confident start by them,” Arnebeck said. “Several of the kids on both teams have played together over the years and that familiarity has led to close matches.”