Quick goals lead Panthers to soccer wins

Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony started the boys’ soccer season with three wins and two ties but back-to-back losses against high quality opponents, Benilde-St. Margaret’s (2-1 on Sept. 10) and Mounds View (4-0 on Sept. 14) gave the Panthers a dose of reality before hitting the busiest part of their schedule.

Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony’s Danny Williams, right, controls the ball against Fridley’s Estaban Badillo during the Panthers 2-1 win Tuesday. Photo by Bill Jones

Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony’s Danny Williams, right, controls the ball against Fridley’s Estaban Badillo during the Panthers 2-1 win Tuesday. Photo by Bill Jones

The Panthers regained their winning form with two goals less than seven minutes into Tuesday’s match at Fridley when senior midfielder Tyler Green scoring three minutes into the contest and four minutes later senior Eric Lundgren set up one of four freshmen on the varsity roster, Denilson Ramos, for the eventual game winner.

New Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony coach Ryan Manning said it was great to score early, but the team struggled to find its scoring touch over the remaining 72 minutes.

He said the defense stood up to the challenge to limit the Tigers to only a handful of shots in the first half and goalie Daniel Lukens didn’t record a save in the second half.

Girls

Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony girls’ soccer posted its biggest margin of victory this season in an 8-0 rout at Fridley in North Suburban Conference action Tuesday night.

The win improves the Panthers record to 2-4 after back-to-back shutout losses to Benilde-St. Margaret’s (6-0 on Sept. 10) and Mounds View (5-0 on Sept. 14). Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony scored a shutout Copper 1-0 Sept. 3 for its other win so far this season.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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