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Boys Soccer: Simon scores

Central Minnesota Christian School's Simon Van Dyken strikes a ball near Minnewaska defenders in the first half of Friday's season opener in Prinsburg. Van Dyken netted a hat trick in the opening half hour and scored five goals in the Bluejays' 6-1 win. Jake Schultz / Tribune1 / 5
Central Minnesota Christian School defender Jay Marcus tosses a ball into play in Friday's season opener against Minnewaska in Prinsburg. Jake Schultz / Tribune2 / 5
Central Minnesota Christian School forward Jaden Thompson dribbles the ball near the box in Friday's season opener against Minnewaska in Prinsburg. Jake Schultz / Tribune3 / 5
Central Minnesota Christian School's Andrew Roelofs (5) makes a sliding tackle to get the ball in Friday's season opener against Minnewaska in Prinsburg. Jake Schultz / Tribune4 / 5
Central Minnesota Christian School's Jacob Brown (16) and Carter Henry (12) battled in the box with Minnewaska defenders in the first half of Friday's season opener in Prinsburg. Jake Schultz / Tribune5 / 5

PRINSBURG — Central Minnesota Christian School's Simon Van Dyken scored more goals in Friday's 6-1 season opening win against Minnewaska than many players score in a season.

The senior forward netted five total goals in a dominant team performance by the Bluejays. They officially outshot their opponent 15-8, and the constant CMCS pressure put the game in the home team's favor from kickoff.

Van Dyken and the Bluejays took some time to breakthrough but his first goal in the 19th minute appeared to open the floodgates. He followed the opening strike up with a pair of goals in the 28th minute to cap a hat trick in the first half hour.

Junior forward Jacob Brown, who assisted on two of Van Dyken's goals, added a goal himself just two minutes before half time.

Two more goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half put the game at 6-0 but Minnewaska grabbed one back with a top-notch 70th minute penalty kick following a handball in the box. The ball banged off the post to the right of an outstretched Mason Beekman to break the keeper's clean sheet.

CMCS 6, Minnewaska 1

Minnewaska (0-1)................. 0 1 — 1

CMCS (1-0)........................... 4 2 — 6

FIRST HALF — (1) CMCS: Simon Van Dyken (Jacob Brown) 19th minute (2) CMCS: Van Dyken (Jadeon Thompson) 28th minute (3) CMCS: Van Dyken (Carter Henry) 28th minute (4) CMCS: Brown 38th minute

SECOND HALF — (5) CMCS: Van Dyken (Brown) 44th minute (6) CMCS: Van Dyken 51st minute (7) Minnewaska: name not available 70th minute PK

SHOTS ON GOAL — Minnewaska: 8 ... CMCS: 15

GOALIE SAVES — Minnewaska: Name not available 9 ... CMCS: Mason Beekman 7

DEFENSIVE SAVES — none

Jake Schultz

Jake Schultz is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune, working his first job out of college. He graduated from St. John's University (CSB/SJU) in 2016 and is a baseball fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @StJake29. 

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