10/4/2013 1:48:00 PM Wildcats finally taken down, Monti wins 2-1
by CHUCK FITZER
Chisago Lakes 2, Rogers 0 The Wildcats and Rogers were both undefeated in the Mississippi 8 Conference when they met in Rogers last Tuesday. Joey Dutcher scored three minutes into the game for the Wildcats, assisted by Nick Pautz. But the Wildcats couldn’t relax until Pautz scored with four minutes left in the game, assisted by Trevor Gervais, to give the Wildcats a hard fought 2-0 win and sole possession of first place in the conference. On Pautz’s goal, Gervais carried the ball down the left side to the end line and passed it back to Pautz at the top of the box. Pautz made a nice move on a defender, dribbled to an open spot and put the ball into the back of the net. Wildcat head coach Mark Leigh said “Rogers is a strong team and really wore us out. This was a big win for us.” Chisago Lakes 1, Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village 1 (OT) The next night, Wednesday, September 25, against Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony (SLP) at Spring Lake Park, a tired Wildcat squad played lethargically in the first half and fell behind 1-0. In the second half, Zack Pautz took control of the ball at the top of the SLP box, touched it back and forth a couple of times, dribble forward with his left foot and put a nice left-footed shot into the right side of the net to tie the game at 1-1. Neither side scored in overtime, so they settled for a tie. Wildcat head coach Mark Leigh said “Spring Lake Park had also played the night before, but seemed to have a bit more energy than we did in the first half. Our guys stepped it up in the second half. Logan Delmont, in particular, played a lot more aggressively and did a good job pushing the ball up the field.”
Chisago Lakes 7, Big Lake 0 The Wildcats played for the third night in a row last Thursday, but went up against a relatively weak Big Lake team. Hunter Thompson and Zack Pautz each scored twice and Tori Copeland added a goal and two assists as the Wildcats rolled over Big Lake 7-0. The game was played at Chisago Lakes High School. Nick Pautz also scored a goal for the Wildcats, and sophomore Ryan Mattison scored his first varsity goal. Joey Turnquist and sophomore Alex Marvin each had an assist. It was the first time Marvin had played this year after coming back from an injury.
Monticello 2, Chisago Lakes 1 The Wildcats did something unfamiliar for the first time this season – they lost a game. This past Tuesday at Monticello, the Wildcats fell behind 2-1 in the first half. They had a couple of great chances to tie the game in the second half. They had a goal waved off for a questionable offsides call. Late in the game, the Wildcats were awarded a penalty kick. Joey Dutcher took the kick, but it went right at the goalie and he made the save. The keeper stopped Trevor Gervais’s rebound attempt and then Zack Pautz shot the second rebound off the post. “I guess it wasn’t meant to be,” said Wildcat head coach Mark Leigh, referring to a potentially unbeaten season. “We haven’t played from behind much and haven’t had a lot of real stiff challenges. Monticello is a decent team and has only lost once at home. The field was in sloppy playing condition, slowing the game down so we couldn’t take advantage of our speed. We fell behind in the first half with a stiff wind in our faces and couldn’t make up the difference in the second half.” Monticello scored their first goal after their third corner kick in a row in the first half. A few minutes later, Dutcher took a free kick from about 40 yards out. He lofted it into the box and, after the ball got knocked around a bit, Hunter Thompson one timed it past the keeper to tie things at 1-1. With five minutes left in the half, the ball came in the air to Thompson’s foot about 40 yards out from the Monticello net. But the ball rolled under Thompson’s foot. A Monticello player streaked by and picked up the ball in stride for an open breakaway. He went all the way down the field and scored for a 2-1 Monticello lead.
It was the first time this season that the Wildcats had given up two goals in a game. The Wildcats (12-1-1 overall. 7-1-0 conference) remain in first place in the Mississippi 8 Conference, a half game ahead of Rogers. The will play St. Francis tonight at 7 p.m. at Chisago Lakes High School. They will finish off the regular season this coming Saturday as they head up to Cloquet to take on Cloquet-Esko-Carlton at 3 p.m. Section playoffs start next Thursday, October 10. Check out next week’s Press for a section playoff preview.