ST. CLOUD — The Minnewaska boys soccer team is off to its best start in recent memory.
Kicking off the season with a 3-0 mark, the Lakers traveled on Tuesday to St. Cloud Cathedral in a matchup of undefeated Granite Ridge Conference teams.
Going scoreless for the first time this season, Minnewaska came back to earth.
The Crusaders reeled off three first-half goals en route to a 5-0 victory from the Whitney Sports Complex.
Allowing Cathedral nearly twice as many on shots on goal (15-8), the Lakers relinquished multiple goals in a contest for the first time this season.
Jacob Manar got the onslaught going for the hosts.
Firing a shot from inside the box that was batted away, the senior forced a corner kick. Manar took the corner and found Jonah Prom in the middle of the box. Prom controlled the ball on his first touch before unleashing a right-footed kick past Minnewaska goalkeeper Sam Hested for the game’s first goal in the 23rd minute.
Two minutes later on a great individual effort, Manar dribbled into the box after sprinting past the Lakers defense on the left side of the pitch. He scored to make it 2-0.
Elias Drong pushed the advantage to 3-0 after he finished a run with a goal in the 39th minute.
With Cathedral (4-0, 4-0 GRC) controlling much of the possession in the attacking areas, Minnewaska (3-1, 3-1 GRC) had few quality chances to light up the scoreboard.
In the ninth minute, Ike Koenig lifted a shot from distance, but his attempt was off the mark. Later in the 35th minute, the visitors forced a corner but Aaron Feigum’s header went out of bounds for a goal kick.
St. Cloud Cathedral junior keeper Reese Moneypenny made eight saves to collect the clean sheet. Hested had eight stops for the Lakers.
As part of a three consecutive road matches, Minnewaska plays at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at Little Falls.
St. Cloud Cathedral 5,
Minnewaska (3-1, 3-1)............................... 0 0 — 0
St. Cloud Cathedral (4-0, 4-0)................... 3 2 — 5
FIRST HALF – (1) Jonah Prom (Jacob Manar) 23rd minute .... (2) Manar (Elias Drong) 25th minute.... (3) E. Drong 39th minute
SECOND HALF – (4) Connor Drong (Matthew Windfeldt).... (5) Josh Minkkinen (Manar)
SHOTS ON GOAL – Minnewaska: 8 .... Cathedral 15
GOALIE SAVES – Minnewaska: Sam Hested 10 … Cathedral: Reese Moneypenny 8
Immanuel Lutheran 2
The Community Christian School Eagles enjoyed a big Christian Athletic League win over Immanuel Lutheran at Community Christian School in Willmar.
It was a nice birthday present for coach Kelsey Christensen.
Luke Taylor and Kody Tollefsrud each had three goals for CCS. Taylor also had an assist.
Also scoring for the Eagles were: Will Chapin (1 goal, 2 assists); Sam Mulder (1 goal, 1 assist); Mark Arnold (1 goal); Jack Velyan (1 goal); and Ava Gustafson (1 assist).
Immanuel Lutheran……................. 0 2 — 2
Community Christian................... 5 5 — 10
GOALIE SAVES – Immanuel Lutheran: N/A … CCS: Max Arnold (3 saves); Juan Ramirez (3 saves).
Alexandria remained unbeaten and handed Willmar its first loss of the Central Lakes Conference season at Alexandria.
Willmar (2-1-0 CLC, 2-2-1 overall) got two goals from Ellary Lange and one from Samantha Christoffer.
Alexandria (5-0-1, 5-0-1) scored four first-half goals.
Alex got goals from Morgan Jones and Allie Randazzo in the first five minutes. Jones also scored Alex’s fifth goal. Molly Panther and Aubrey Kosters also scored for the home team.
Willmar is host to Brainerd at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hodapp Field.
Willmar (2-1-0, 2-2-1)........................ 2 1 — 3
Alexandria (5-0-1, 5-0-1)................... 4 1 — 5
FIRST HALF – N/A
SECOND HALF – N/A
SHOTS ON GOAL – N/A
GOALIE SAVES – Willmar: N/A … Alexandria: N/A
CMCS 0, Delano 0
Central Minnesota Christian of Prinsburg and Delano battled to a non-conference tie at Delano.
Kadin Dehmlow made seven saves to preserve the shutout for CMC.
CMCS plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mayer Lutheran.
CMCS (1-0-2).................... 0 0 — 0
Delano (0-4-1)................... 0 0 — 0
FIRST HALF – No scoring.
SECOND HALF – No scoring.
SHOTS ON GOAL – CMCS: 1. Delano: 7.
GOALIE SAVES – CMCS: Kadin Dehmlow 7 … Delano: N/A