FAIRMONT - The Fairmont Area Cardinal boys soccer team held off the Waseca Bluejays for a 3-2 South Central Conference win on Tuesday in Fairmont.
Senior Lucas Miles scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on Brock Johnson's pass at 24:56 of the second half to make it 3-0.
"Lucas played well for us today. He scored, but he also is playing really selfless and doing some great passing," said Fairmont Area coach Jeff Kot. "He played stopper for us today, and did a good job of trying to control things in the middle of the field."
MOTORING — Fairmont Area’s Oscar Svenfelz (left) accelerates past Waseca’s Andrew Sanchez during South Central Conference soccer action Tuesday night in Fairmont. Photo by Leanna Becker
In the first half, Grant Becker worked his way out of some congestion to net the first goal from the left side, unassisted, at 26:41 to make it 1-0.
Sophomore Derek Hunwardsen took a pass from Evan Ward on Waseca's doorstep for the second goal at 6:07.
Waseca came back strong in the second half and Cesar Gallegos netted two goals for the Bluejays with time left to tie the game.
With a cluster of people in front of the Cardinal keeper Matt Tennyson, Gallegos was able to gain control on the right side of the net and tally the first Waseca goal at 16:26 to make it 3-1.
Gallegos snuck a second goal past at 5:46 with a pass from Luis Castaneda to make it 3-2.
"They got us out of our game and we were able to hold on to win. If the game were a few more minutes, we'd have been in overtime again," said Kot.
Despite some scoring opportunties, the Bluejays were unable to get the tying goal past Tennyson.
"We will work on our passing at practice this week. We can't get lazy and just send the ball, we need shorter and better passing," said Kot.
Both Waseca goaltender Josh Metzdorff and Tennyson made eight saves in the game. The Bluejays fired 11 shots on goal, while the Cardinals had 14.
Fairmont (3-0) hosts New Ulm in a South Central Conference game at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Jeff Kot Soccer Complex.
Waseca (2-2) travels to St. Peter for a SCC matchup at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
F - Grant Becker (unassisted), 26:41.
F - Derek Hunwardsen (Evan Ward), 6:07.
F - Lucas Miles (Brock Johnson), 24:56.
W - Cesar Gallegos (unassisted), 16:26.
W - Cesar Gallegos (Luis Castaneda), 5:46.
Saves: Josh Metzdorff (W) 4-7-11; Matt Tennyson (F) 8-6-14.
Shots on Goal: Waseca 4-4-8; Fairmont 3-5-8.
Waseca outscored Fairmont Area, 6-4, in junior varsity action on Tuesday in Fairmont.
Carson Hurn, Austin Becker and Joe Nordquist each scored a goal for the Cardinals in the first half with assists from Peter Nielsen and Ben Timmerman.
Ben Mitchell scored in the second half for Fairmont Area, with an assist from Nordquist.
Goalkeeper Kyle Tromanhauser made nine saves for Fairmont Area.
The Cardinals junior varsity (2-1-1) hosts New Ulm on Thursday.
Waseca 1, Fairmont Area 0 - Brittany Miller produced the South Central Conference game's only goal to propel the Bluejays to a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night in Waseca.
Goalkeeper Bailey Wolff pocketed 20 saves to earn the shutout for Waseca.
Jess Koskovich made 10 saves in tending the net for Fairmont Area.
The Cardinals outshot the Bluejays by a 20-11 margin.
Fairmont Area (1-2, 0-1 SCC) faces New Ulm at 5 p.m. Thursday at Martin Luther College's soccer field in New Ulm.
Waseca (4-2, 1-1) plays host to St. Peter on Thursday.
Waseca posted a 4-1 victory over Fairmont Area during junior varsity action Tuesday in Waseca.
Taylor Wolf tallied the Cardinals' lone goal off an assist from Sydney Leichtnam.
Fairmont Area travels to New Ulm on Thursday for an SCC game.