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Boys Soccer: Park uses defense to capture win over North

Junior goalkeeper Joey Petricka kicks the ball out of Park's goal area on Tuesday night against North. The Wolfpack won 1-0. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Junior Tyler Mierva fights off a North defender to get the soccer ball. Park wins 1-0 on Tuesday night against North. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
The Park Wolfpack boys soccer gather together during stoppage time on Tuesday night's game against North. Park won 1-0 over North. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

It took one simple kick for the Park boys soccer team to be down not one, but two starters early in the Tuesday night game against North.

The Wolfpack already were losing Hayden Boich after he received a red card in the previous game against Hastings. That red card disqualified him to play against North.

Then, two minutes into Tuesday night's game, Johnathon Zamora was taken out of the game due to concussion symptoms. He wasn't able to pass the protocol on the sidelines and will have to be re-evaluated later this week.

These injuries and obstacles didn't stop Park from coming out with a 1-0 win over North and gaining confidence and momentum heading into a tough couple of weeks.

"We have a lot of depth on our team," said Jason Arnebeck, Park's head coach. "It's great seeing these players step up in different ways at the beginning of this season."

Arnebeck said the win was huge for Park's section since North is in that section as well. He was proud of all his players and the way they adjusted to the play throughout the game.

During the first half of the game, the majority of the play took place in the midfield with the soccer ball bouncing from one player to another within about 40 yards of the field.

Once the second half started, the game became more focused on the goalies and their defensive team behind them. There were many corner kicks and free kicks from each team, but only Park was able to take advantage to score the only goal between the two teams.

The goal came with 29:37 left in the second half and it was a finished by junior midfielder Jonathan Loera. Captain Femi Adewola was happy to see the ball land in the back of the net, but he knew that the defense had to continue shouting out North's offense.

"You just don't want to miss a kick [in the midfield]," Adewola said. "Our defense did a great job at stopping plays and making sure to get the ball to midfield quickly."

Now, Arnebeck is allowing his players to have some time off and enjoy Labor Day weekend with family and friends. The Wolfpack doesn't have a game on Thursday night, so their next game will be on Wednesday, September 5, against Stillwater.

He wants the team to come back healthy and confident because the season becomes more difficult with each opponent.

As for Tuesday night, Arnebeck and Adewola learned a few things from the game that they can incorporate into future games or future practices.

"We have to play all 80 minutes and good things will happen to us," Adewola said.

Other boys soccer scores

East Ridge 1, Eagan 0

It only took one goal for the East Ridge Raptors to take over the lead and hold the lead to earn the win over the Eagan Wildcats. This win gives the Raptors a 2-0-1 record after the first three games of the season.

St. Croix Lutheran 6, New Life Academy 2

The New Life Eagles were leading 2-1 going into the half, but St. Croix Lutheran came out firing in the second half scoring five goals and winning the game. This loss drops the Eagles' record down to 0-2 to start the season.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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