FARIBAULT, MINN. - The Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boys U17 soccer team took to the pitch this past weekend anxious to begin their 2019-20 season on their home turf in Faribault, Minn as they faced off against FC United and the Chicago Fire.
In Saturday’s matchup against FC United, SSM took an early lead through the determined effort of Brayden Martinez ‘21. The junior forward took a pass back to the FC United goalkeeper as the perfect opportunity to press and try to win the ball back for his team, only he did one better. Martinez blocked the attempted pass from the goalkeeper, recovered the ball, and toe-poked it into an empty net all in one swift motion.
The rest of the half was a tightly contested affair. The second half started much like the first with the Sabres on top, and as the first half, a quick goal was the result of the work put in by the Sabres. Midfielder Jonathan Preston ‘21 converted on the penalty spot after Mark Gallagher ‘21 latched onto a Sam Hoyt ‘22 pass and was taken down in the box. FC United came back with a vengeance, however, and handed SSM a 3-2 loss.
The second day of a double weekend is never an easy one and that proved to be the case for SSM as they took on Chicago Fire. On the hot mid-September day, the match was closely contested as both teams had opportunities to take the advantage early. Several last-ditch tackles and saves by both defenses and goalkeepers made things look as though the first half would end 0-0. However, it was the Fire who struck before the half, which forced SSM to respond quickly and respond they did in the remaining minutes of the half. The second half, unfortunately, did not go the way SSM had hoped as they conceded two goals. They continued to battle on in an effort to get back into the game but fell short in a 3-1 loss.
The Sabres will return to play this Saturday against Indiana Fire Academy in Indiana.