|10/17/2019 3:21:00 PM|
Chisago Lakes beats Proctor before being bested by Duluth Denfeld
Chisago Lakes 3, Proctor 2 (O.T.)
Braydon Burds scored three minutes into the first overtime to give the fifth-seeded Wildcats a 3-2 win over the 13th-seeded Proctor Rails, sending the Wildcats to their quarterfinal matchup with Duluth Denfeld. The game was played last Thursday at Chisago Lakes High School.
After a scoreless first half completely dominated by the Wildcats, the Wildcats got on the scoreboard in the first minute of the second half. Burds tapped a pass to Jamie Mower just inside the left edge of the Proctor box. Mower ripped a shot inside the right post to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. But in the seventh minute, Proctor star Ben Hamell broke free and scored to tie the game at 1-1. In the 20th minute, Proctor took a corner kick from the right corner. A Wildcat defender completely whiffed on the ball as it bounced through the box to an unmarked Proctor player, who scored easily to give the Rails a 2-1 lead. But just two minutes later, the Wildcats scored a strange, lucky goal to tie things up. Defender Luke Wille ripped a free kick from about 40 yards out near the left hashmarks, sending the ball towards the inside of the right post. The Proctor goalkeeper, standing just in front of the goal line, bent down to make an easy save, but the momentum of the shot knocked him over and into the net with the ball for a goal to tie it up at 2-2.
For the winning goal, Mower carried the ball down the left side deep into the Rail zone. He passed it to Eithan Carlson in the box. Carlson tapped the ball back to Burds about 15 feet out and Burds put away the game-winner.
Wildcat head coach Matt Koehn said “Overall, we played a pretty good game. We maintained a lot of possession, but we struggled in the final third to put the ball in the net. When it hit overtime, we turned up to another level. We dominated right away and created a great scoring opportunity.”
Duluth Denfeld 5, Chisago Lakes 1
In the quarterfinal game between the Wildcats and the fourth-seeded Duluth Denfeld Hunters, played last Saturday morning at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth, the Hunters scored three goals in the first 20 minutes of the game and went on to beat the Wildcats 5-1, ending the Wildcats season.
Jacob Lowrey scored in the 30th minute to cut the Denfeld lead to 3-1. The score held until Denfeld scored twice in the last five minutes of the second half to seal the win. Wildcat head coach Matt Koehn said “Even though they didn’t control the ball most of the time early in the game, they got two goals in the first ten minutes. As I look back at the game, I am disappointed that we couldn’t score, but not disappointed with how we played. We were able to move the ball, but we just couldn’t put it in the back of the net. We have had trouble with our ability to score goals all year.”