October 7, 2010 at 9:59 a.m.

AREA SOCCER ROUND UP: Postseason approaching for NB and CL soccer squads

AREA SOCCER ROUND UP: Postseason approaching for NB and CL soccer squads
AREA SOCCER ROUND UP: Postseason approaching for NB and CL soccer squads

Section playoffs begin as early as next Thursday, October 14. A preview of the section playoffs will appear in next week's Press.

NORTH BRANCH BOYS

The Viking boys tied St. Francis 2-2 in overtime last Thursday, September 30 at North Branch. Senior Mike SantaBrigida scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Nick Miller. Miller also scored, with senior Mitch Gurmundson recording his first assist of the season. According to Minnesota Sports Online, Miller is second in the state in goals with 29.

The past Tuesday, October 5, the Vikings lost at Robbinsdale Cooper 4-1. The Vikings record now stands at 7-6-1 overall (2-6-1 conference) as they head into the last two games of the regular season. They will face conference foe Irondale tonight at 7 p.m. at Irondale. And they'll play at St. Croix Lutheran at 11 a.m. this Saturday, October 9.

NORTH BRANCH GIRLS

The Viking girls picked up a win and two losses over the past week. They fell to St. Francis at home 4-1 last Friday, October 1. Leading scorer Bayley Ertl scored the Vikings' lone goal, with Sadie Kolke picking up the assist. Ertl and Kolke also combined for the Vikings' lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Grand Rapids Saturday, October 2. And the Vikings won just their fourth game of the season this past Tuesday, October 5 with a 1-0 thriller at Robbinsdale Cooper.

The Vikings (4-11-0 overall, 3-6-0 conference) play their final game of the regular season tonight at Irondale at 5 p.m.

CHISAGO LAKES BOYS

The Wildcat boys have gone 1-3 since their big win over North Branch last Tuesday, September 28. Playing at home, they lost 3-0 to Duluth East on Thursday, September 30. Last Saturday, October 2 they made a fruitful trip up to Proctor, beating the Rails 2-1. Joey Cartier and Chris Thompson each scored for the Wildcats in the first half and Proctor got on the board on a penalty kick in the second half.

Hans Gulbranson scored on a breakaway to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the first half at St. Louis Park this past Monday, October 4. But the Orioles scored twice in the second half - once on a rebound and once on a nice shot into the lower left corner from 20 yards out - to beat the Wildcats 2-1. The next night, the Wildcats lost at home to Fridley by the same score, 2-1. The Tigers scored the only goal of the first half when they blocked a low goal kick and put it right back into the net. The Wildcats tied it up in the second half when Matt Stamos made a nice pass to Johannes Rau in the Tiger box. Rau's shot bounced off the inside of the left post and into the back of the net. But with ten minutes left in the game, Wildcat goalkeeper Kyle Buchanan tried to outrace a Tiger player to a ball that was bouncing toward the net. Both players arrived at the same time. The ball took a little hop at the last second and the Fridley player poked it over Buchanan and into the net for the winning goal.

The opponents don't get any easier for the Wildcats (6-10-0 overall, 3-6-0 conference) as they finish out the regular season. First up is a trip to St. Louis Park to take on conference leader Benilde-St. Margaret's (13-1-1 over, 8-0-0 conference) tonight at 7 p.m. And they'll host St. Thomas this Saturday, October 9 at 11 a.m. at Chisago Lakes High School.

CHISAGO LAKES GIRLS

The Wildcat girls (10-4-1 overall, 4-3-1 conference) continued their historic season with two more wins and a loss to one of the top teams in the North Suburban Conference. They traveled up North twice last week - on Thursday to face Esko/Carlton and on Saturday to take on Two Harbors - and came away with two wins - 3-1 over Esko and 3-0 over Two Harbors. The Wildcats now have seven shutouts among their ten wins this season. They lost at home to conference foe St. Louis Park (10-2-2 overall, 8-1-0 conference) this past Monday, October 4.

The Wildcats will finish out the regular season this week. First up is a trip to St. Louis Park to take on conference leader Benilde-St. Margaret's (13-0-1 overall, 8-0-0 conference) tonight at 7 p.m. And they'll host St. Croix Lutheran this Saturday, October 9 at 1 p.m. at Chisago Lakes High School..

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