FARIBAULT, MINN. - Back in action after their opening weekend draw, the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boys U19 team took on a pair of competitive Fire teams with multiple games under their belts.
Saturday’s matchup against the Indiana Fire had the U19 boys off to a flying start. Jonus Sabani ‘19 opened scoring in the fifth minute after receiving a pass from Sean Knoblauch ‘19 for their first goal and assist of the season, respectively. The goals did not stop there, as Indiana managed to level the game a mere ten minutes later. SSM did not let the score stay level for long as Milo Libby ‘20 nodded home the go-ahead goal in the 26th minute off a Gavin Pankey ‘19 corner to help the Sabres re-establish their lead, this time for good. The Sabres would add to their lead in the 75th and 92nd minute as both Pankey and Connor Bates ‘1 added their names to list of goal scorers on the day and helped cap off an exciting home opener. With goals flying in on the attacking side of the ball, the efforts of Alaskan goalkeeper Jakob Stone ‘20 did not go unnoticed, as he anchored a defense that made several crucial and timely stops to aid the Sabres in their 4-1 victory.
The Sabres’ Sunday encounter with the Chicago Fire was a match against a team off to a red hot start. In a matchup between two teams that looked to keep possession of the ball, SSM knew winning the ball back quickly would be their key to success. In a closely contested match, with chances for both teams, it was Chicago who opened the goal scoring right before halftime. Though Chicago held the lead, the second half was again filled with several passing sequences and multiple opportunities for both teams to score. While it was Stone the day before, it was goalkeeper Jordan Wells ‘19 and center back captain Lukas Spady ‘19 who were influential throughout the game as the Sabres looked for an equalizer. Ultimately, their efforts were not enough as the Sabres conceded a second goal off a corner kick to wrap up the game 2-0, and see the Sabres move to 1-1-1 on the year.
The Sabres return to action on October 13th when they travel north to take on their local rivals Minnesota Thunder Academy in the battle of Minnesota.
Starting lineup against Indiana Fire
Starting lineup against Chicago Fire Soccer Academy