FAIRMONT - The Fairmont Area boys soccer team switched up its strategy in Thursday's South Central Conference game against the St. Peter Saints, and with a fearless attack, surged to a 5-1 victory in Fairmont.
The strategy, which Fairmont Area decided to change at Wednesday's practice, gave its defense some extra support and jumpstarted the already potent Cardinal offense.
The Cardinals jumped on the board at 19:37 in the first half when Grant Becker sent a shot past the Saints keeper on a lob pass from Lucas Miles.
TAKING A RIDE — Fairmont Area defender Robert Hamp (11) takes a temporary ride on St. Peter forward Ezekiel Kyoore’s shoulder during South Central Conference soccer action Thursday at Kot Soccer Complex in Fairmont. Photo by Leanna Becker
The duo teamed up for Fairmont Area's second score when Becker sent a long pass from the left wing to Miles set up in front of the net. Miles shot it into the twine to make it 2-0 with 54 second left in the half.
"We switched up our strategy and it gave us more support on the defensive side of the ball. In the first half, we were kind of over-aggressive, but it didn't take the boys long to figure out how to attack out of the new system," said Fairmont Area coach Jeff Kot.
Miles scored his third point of the night on a pass from Carter Welchlin at 36:54 in the second half to make it 3-0.
St. Peter netted its first goal when Hans Johnson stole the ball in front of the Cardinal net and shot it past keeper Matt Tennyson at 7:52 to make it 3-1.
"We were really trying to make it difficult to get the ball in the middle and force them to the outside. They weren't getting many chances on us and when they did, they weren't very close to the net," said Kot.
Tennyson then helped generate Fairmont Area's fourth goal with a monster kick to Becker, who recorded his third point with a shot to the right corner of the Saints' goal to make it 4-1.
Brock Johnson and Becker connected for the final Cardinal goal of the game with 1:40 left to solidify the 5-1 victory.
Tennyson made 18 saves, including a penalty kick for the Saints in the second half. The Cardinals had 19 shots.
Devin Idso made 16 saves for the Saints, who fired 19 shots on goal.
Fairmont Area (6-1) competes in the Albert Lea Invitational on Saturday.
St. Peter 0-1-1
FA - Grant Becker (Lucas Miles), 19:37.
FA - Lucas Miles (Grant Becker), 0:54.
FA - Lucas Miles (Carter Welchlin), 36:54.
SP - Hans Johnson (unassisted), 7:52.
FA - Grant Becker (Matt Tennyson), 5:31.
FA - Brock Johnson (Grant Becker), 1:40.
Saves: Devin Idso (SP) 5-11-16; Matt Tennyson (FA) 9-9-18.
Shots on Goal: St. Peter 8-11-19; Fairmont Area 7-12-19.
St. Peter defeated Fairmont Area, 1-0, in junior varsity action on Thursday.
Kyle Tromanhauser made eight saves for the Cardinals, who had 10 shots on net.
The Fairmont Area junior varsity (3-3-1) travels to Tracy for a 5 p.m. game today.
St. Peter 2, Fairmont Area 0 - Emily Lind and Marta Springer delivered first-half goals to guide the Saints to a 2-0 victory over the Cardinals during South Central Conference action Thursday in St. Peter.
Lind reached the scoreboard by driving a shot into the Fairmont Area net with 30 minutes remaining.
Springer then doubled St. Peter's margin to 2-0 by kicking home a goal with 5:23 left before intermission.
Saints' keeper Maria Siebels recorded the shutout.
Alexis Christianson made 13 saves for Fairmont Area (3-4-1, 0-3 SCC), which competes in the Albert Lea Invite at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Kelsy Junkermeier scored the game-winning goal 25:40 into the second half to propel Fairmont Area to a 3-2 victory over St. Peter during junior varsity action Thursday in St. Peter.
Junkermeier snapped the 2-all tie by following teammate Riann Dietz's initial shot on goal.
Taylor Wolf generated the Cardinals' first two goals of the game to erase the visitors' early 2-0 deficit.
Wolf hammered home Marisa Nelson's corner kick to reduce Fairmont Area's gap to 2-1 just 4:40 into the second half. Wolf then knotted the game by scoring an unassisted goal 23 minutes into the second segment.
Cassidy Krusemark and Jess Koskovich each made three saves for Fairmont Area, which competes in the Kasson-Mantorville tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday.