|9/14/2017 2:32:00 PM|
After playing STMA tough, North Branch rewarded with first victory
Although the North Branch boys soccer team wasn’t paid off with a win after playing arguably their best game of the year against St. Michael-Albertville, they followed that up with a victory over Proctor to get in the win column in 2017.
St. Michael-Albertville 2, North Branch 0
“We played absolutely outstanding against a strong opposition in St. Michael,” Head Coach Jake Borash said. “We played a tight game, but just couldn't put away a few great opportunities and they put theirs away.”
The physical game played well into North Branch’s plans, as they kept their cool despite some tough plays from the frustrated Knights.
Borash said he was proud of how the Vikings played against such a high caliber opponent, noting how much improvement there was over last season’s result even, when St. Michael beat North Branch 6-0.
“The St. Michael coaches even commented on how they couldn’t beleive how much progress we’ve made in just one year,” he said. “And I have a lot of respect for their coaching staff, so it meant a lot to our program coming from them.”
North Branch 2, Proctor 0
After playing such a physical game against the Knights on Thursday, September 7, the Vikings had to bounced back for an afternoon matinee on Saturday, September 9 against the Proctor Rails.
They played well despite the bumps and bruises, and having a little low energy from the prior contest. “I believe we could have had a few more goals, but the most important part of the scoreboard is that it was zero goals against,” Borash, a former goalie, explained. “We still have quite a bit to learn, but it’s coming together quite nicely.”
Jose Flor and Connor Mattson each had a goal and an assist in the contest.