Boys soccer: Anoka is off to 2-2 start before Labor Day

Sports Editor

Anoka began its title defense with a 2-2 start before the Labor Day holiday.

Both wins were 2-0 shutouts, including the Aug. 29 season openeragainst St. Cloud Tech in which seniors Michael Talbot and Connor Schaaf collected goals with assists from Donnie Guimont and Blake Perry.

Andover senior Armin Bobaric, front, challenges Elk River/Zimmerman goalkeeper Alex Morgan during the Huskies 7-4 win in the home and conference opener Sept. 1.Photo by Jason Olson
Andover senior Armin Bobaric, front, challenges Elk River/Zimmerman goalkeeper Alex Morgan during the Huskies 7-4 win in the home and conference opener Sept. 1.Photo by Jason Olson

Rogers scored a 3-2 win over Anoka Aug. 31 with goals from Guimont and Blake Doyea in front of goalie Alec Belkamp’s first start of the year.

Totino-Grace defended its home turf in a 4-2 win over Anoka Sept. 1 in what was also the Northwest Suburban Conference opener. Blake Neumann scored his first of the season and Schaaf added the other Anoka goal with assists from Guimont and Perry.

Anoka returned to Goodrich Field Sept. 3 and earned a 2-0 win over Champlin Park as Schaaf scored his third and fourth goals of the season. Guimont, a junior and Perry, a sophomore each added their third assists of the season.

Andover defender Elijah Friendt controls the ball during a 7-4 win over Elk River Sept. 1. Photo by Jason Olson
Andover defender Elijah Friendt controls the ball during a 7-4 win over Elk River Sept. 1. Photo by Jason Olson

The win over the Rebels was a penalty-filled contest with two red cards being issued for each team and a number of yellow card warnings.

Andover scoring goals in bunches
After dropping both games at the season-opening Duluth East Invite Aug. 27-28, Andover returned to Huskies Stadium with an impressive pair of wins before Labor Day.

The Huskies fell to section foes Duluth East 4-2 and Forest Lake 3-2 to get the season underway.

Andover scored a 7-4 win over Elk River in the home and Northwest Suburban Conference opener thanks in part to a five-goal outburst from senior Armin Bobaric in the opening half.

Bobaric had a hat trick and two assists in a 6-2 win over Blaine in a key conference and section meeting Sept. 3. Junior midfielder Alexander Gutenberg had two goals and an assists and Michael Heiges had the other goal.

Blaine came into the game off a 5-1 win over Coon Rapids in their conference opener.

Blaine senior midfielder Nasir Sharif had two goals against Coon Rapids to give him four goals (nine points) through four games.

Coon Rapids sophomore Gael Ntambwen, middle, tries to get around Blaine senior defender Kwadwo Oduro, right, during the Bengals 5-1 win Sept. 1.Photo by Jason Olson
Coon Rapids sophomore Gael Ntambwen, middle, tries to get around Blaine senior defender Kwadwo Oduro, right, during the Bengals 5-1 win Sept. 1.Photo by Jason Olson

Ryan Anderson added one goal and two assists against the Cardinals. Giovanni Podesta had one goal and assist, Brett Huver also collected one goal and Nam Cao had one assist.

The Bengals also started the season in Duluth against Forest Lake and Duluth East but the Bengals fared better. They opened with a 4-2 loss to Forest Lake but recovered against Duluth East for a 1-1 draw.

Sergey Tkach and Sharif scored in the loss to Rangers, also a section foe while the lone goal against the Greyhounds came from Sharif with an assist from Michael Hoberg.

Since a 6-1 win at St. Francis in the Aug. 27 season opener, Coon Rapids has struggled to find scoring and the defense couldn’t contain two high-powered attacks in Blaine and defending conference champion Maple Grove.

Blaine senior Ryan Anderson lines up a shot on goal that glances off the far post and in during the Bengals 5-1 win at Coon Rapids Sept. 1.Photo by Jason Olson
Blaine senior Ryan Anderson lines up a shot on goal that glances off the far post and in during the Bengals 5-1 win at Coon Rapids Sept. 1.Photo by Jason Olson

The Cardinals took a 3-0 loss Thursday at Maple Grove as they were outscored 8-1 in two games before the holiday break.

Coon Rapids visited Robbinsdale Armstrong Sept. 8 before returning home Sept. 10 to face an Irondale team off to an 0-5 start.

Legacy outscored 15-1 early on
Legacy Christian scored once in three August matches and found itself 0-3, outscored by a 15-1 margin before September began.

Nate Franzen put the Lions on the board in the second half of an Aug. 27 loss, 2-1, to Minneapolis Edison. Legacy struggled at Fridley the next day in a 9-0 result and Monticello collected a 4-0 win over the Lions on Aug. 31.

PACT Charter bookended the pre-Labor Day schedule with one-goal wins after dropping a pair of games at Mayer Lutheran and Maranatha/West Lutheran.

The Panthers scored a 3-2 victory over Christ Household of Faith, Aug. 27 at The Draw in Ramsey with goals from Alex Myrum, Igor Shevchenko and Zach Hagen.

Shevchenko, Corben Leo, Rocco Barbato and Zach Hagen scored in a 4-3 win at Spectrum Sept. 3 to send the team into the break with a 2-2 overall record and 0-1 start in Minnesota Christian Athletic Association Conference play.

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