Capitol boys soccer: Late Sugar River goal denies Phoenix
Jared Kreklow’s header 66 seconds before the final horn gave Sugar River Thursday’s 1-0 Capitol boys soccer clash at Grinwald Park.
The game was close for the entire game with both teams having chances to score. The effort was extraordinary as both teams knew that the winner of this game could very well decide the conference championship.
Sugar River was physical and possessed well which led to many opportunities, but the Phoenix defense and new starting goalkeeper Paul Frick had many spectacular stops to always keep the home team energized.
The offense kept up their attacks providing multiple strong chances, but the Sugar River goalkeeper was always up to the task. One noticeable weakness that that Phoenix had was that of defending corner kicks — Sugar River almost always won with a header towards goal.
That is exactly what Sugar River (8-0, 5-0 in conference) scored on as Kreklow scored on a ripping header that Frick just missed in the 89th minute. The goal proved to be a killer as the final whistle blew just afterwards.
“These boys gave such a great effort tonight,” Luther Prep coach Marty Pagel said. “Many of them played for the entire 90 minutes.
“We didn’t get the result we wanted but the guys have nothing to be ashamed about. Sugar River is a very quality team and we played them very well. I want to thank the fans for their great support, and I want to thank each member of this team for leaving their all on that field.”
Luther Prep (9-2-1, 4-1 Capitol) visits Martin Luther Saturday morning. The Raiders remain unbeaten atop the Capitol.
SUGAR RIVER 1, LUTHER PREP 0
Sugar River 0 1 — 1
Luther Prep 0 0 — 0
SR — Kreklow 88:54
Saves — SR (Lutz) 3, LP (Frick) 8