To say the Wildcat boys’ soccer team has been dominant this year is an understatement. They are 11-0 overall, which is the best start ever for a Chisago Lakes boys’ soccer team. At 6-0 in the Mississippi 8 Conference, they are in sole possession of first place. At 5-0 in Section 7A, they are the top-ranked team in the section at this point in the season. And the QRF rankings at minnesota-scores.net have the Wildcats ranked sixth overall in the state in Class A. The Wildcats have excelled offensively and defensively. They have scored 38 goals while allowing just four. (Two of the four goals they allowed have been on penalty kicks.) That adds up to seven shutouts for the Wildcat defense and goalkeeper Ian Lawlor.
Longtime Wildcat head coach Mark Leigh is trying to keep things in perspective, however. “Part of our record has to do with the quality of our competition,” said Leigh. “Right now, we are leading our conference with an undefeated record. Last year, a 5-5 record in the North Suburban Conference would have been pretty good. But this year, we have also beaten Forest Lake, Mahtomedi and Rogers. I know we have improved, because last year we lost to Cambridge and this year we beat them. Right now, we need to start to compete a little better if we want to maintain this record. But I am very proud of the way these guys have been playing.”
Chisago Lakes 8, North Branch 1 After the Vikings scored on a penalty kick early in the game to tie the game at 1-1, it was all Wildcats. The Wildcats scored the next seven goals, beating the Vikings 8-1 last Tuesday, September 17 at North Branch High School. Trevor Gervais led the Wildcats with a hat trick. Joe Turnquist had two goals and an assist. Joey Dutcher also had three points, with a goal and two assists. Miles Peterson scored a goal and Casey Bennett scored his first varsity goal. Zack Pautz had two assists, and Zach Doherty and Nick Pautz each chipped in with an assist.
Chisago Lakes 1, St. Michael-Albertville (STMA) 0 Ten minutes into the game against STMA, Joey Dutcher sent a great crossing pass from near the corner. Zack Pautz volleyed it into the net. That was all the scoring for the game as the Wildcats came away with a 1-0 win over STMA last Thursday, September 19 at Chisago Lakes High School. “It wasn’t really as close as the score indicated,” said Wildcat head coach Mark Leigh. “We missed a penalty kick in the first half. They’re a decent team, with a lot of seniors. They are strong and fast about getting to the ball. In the first half, they had a few balls on the flank and some pretty good crosses. We put the pressure on them in the second half and they didn’t really have any scoring chances.”
Chisago Lakes 5, Duluth Denfeld 1 Even though the Wildcats were missing a couple of key defenders on last Saturday’s trip to Duluth, they were able to dominate Duluth Denfeld. Trevor Gervais and Nick Pautz had two goals apiece as the Wildcats routed Denfeld 5-1. Denfeld had a great scoring chance just a couple of minutes into the game. A give and go between a midfielder and a forward led to an open break from the side of the box, but the shooter missed the net. The Wildcats built a 2-0 lead by halftime and added three more goals in the second half to win going away. Joey Dutcher had a goal and an assist for the Wildcats. Joe Turnquist had two assists and Tory Copeland had the other assist. Sophomore Derek Frank saw some extended playing time starting about 15 minutes into the first half and played very well. The Wildcats host Big Lake at home tonight at 7 p.m. and then head to Monticello next Tuesday, October 1 for a 5 p.m. game.