FARIBAULT, MINN. - The Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boys U17 soccer team faced St. Louis FC this past Sunday in a league match, playing in the comfortable confines of the Dane Family Fieldhouse after Minnesota’s annual April snow shower.
St. Louis FC brought its best against the second-ranked team in the country, but the Sabres were prepared. A prime example of the team’s readiness was displayed in its first goal. A team press created the goal - first by Daniel Massey ’20 pressing the defender which forced a backwards pass to their goalkeeper and then the fleet-footed Matthew Roou ’21 surprised their goalkeeper with his persistence as Roou blocked the attempted clearance straight into the St. Louis goal to make it 1-0.
As the second half began, the determination to perform showed through early as goalkeeper Mitch Budler ’21 athletically flung his body into the post to deny a mishit cross from finding its way into the SSM goal, preserving the one-goal lead. From there, the team began to take a firmer grip on the game, which led to Massey ripping a rebounded ball into the back of the net. This was quickly followed up with Roou combining sweetly with Andrew Soczynski ’21 who finished off the play with his first goal of the season to put the Sabres up 3-0. Budler and the back line combined for their 12th shutout of the season and improved their league record to 15-1-1.
The Sabres will be back in league action on Saturday, May 4 with their last home game of the season as they head towards playoffs in June.