FARIBAULT, MINN. - Blue skies and long-awaited spring temperatures made the perfect backdrop for a rivalry game against the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boys U17DA soccer team and Minnesota Thunder Academy on Saturday.
A silent first half brought added energy to the second half as both teams were eager to put a score up on the board. In the 51st minute, Sean Knoblauch ‘19 played a through ball into the path of Nehemias Rubio ‘20 who hit a blast from 25 yards out that zipped past MTA’s goalkeeper to put SSM up 1-0.
Four minutes later, Wylie Trujillo ‘20 overhit a through pass to Kupa’a Fernandez '19. The MTA goalkeeper came out to collect it, but high pressure from Fernandez forced him into a mistake, missing the ball. Fernandez took a touch forward and tapped it into the open net for a 2-0 lead which stood until the final buzzer.
The Sabres will return to DA action on May 12th in Chicago as they take on the Chicago Fire and Indiana Fire.
Starting lineup against Minnesota Thunder Academy
Front row (l-r): Cade Thomson '20, Brody Phan '21, Brandon Cobb '19, Wylie Trujillo '20, Nehemias Rubio '20
Back row (l-r): Christian Burkhart '19, Sean Knoblauch '19, Daniel Massey '20, Lukas Spady '19, Trevor Prince '19, Erick Villatoro '20