FARIBAULT, MINN. - Perfect weather and the excitement to begin the season set the scene for Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boys U16 soccer team this past weekend in their first two games of the season on their home turf in Faribault, Minn.
The Boys U16 team played an exciting back and forth match on Saturday against the Chicago Fire. The Fire took an early lead against the run of play, but SSM equalized right before the half off the head of Tyler Schommer ‘23. Schommer picked the ball up 15 yards from the home teams 18-yard box and released Zeke Agyemang ‘22 into space. He then outpaced the Fire defense where Agyemang found him with a great pass over the back four that allowed Schommer to finish with the header over the on-rushing keeper. The second half started brightly for SSM with Noah Sutherland ‘22 coming up with a couple of key saves. However, Chicago found a way through to take a 2-1 lead midway through the half. The Sabres battled back to make it 2-2 when Jonah Fogel ‘22 found Garrett Anderson ‘22 at the near post for a goal. With the game winding down, Fogel stepped up again. He picked a nice pass from Lucas Pace ‘22 and rocketed a shot into the far top corner for the 3-2 game-winner.
Sunday saw SSM up against the same opponent and in another hard-fought game. This time out, the Sabres would take the lead first through Alima Mmunga ‘23. Mmunga picked the ball up near the edge of the area and smashed a strike across the goal in the far post for a 1-0 lead. The Fire would tie the match up with a long-range effort of their own shortly after. The second half proved to be a back-and-forth affair with both teams having chances and SSM goalkeeper Chris Kerr ‘21 coming up with a few big saves. Chicago finally found their way through when they picked up a deflected clearance and scored to make it 2-1. SSM would have two more good chances late in the game but unfortunately were not able to convert.
The Boys U16 team will return to play on Saturday, Oct. 12th against FC United in Faribault, Minn.