Upset bid falls short for ALHS boys
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 17, 2001
EDGERTON – Jim Haun wasn’t thinking about the two questionable goals or the 4-1 loss.
Wednesday, October 17, 2001
EDGERTON – Jim Haun wasn’t thinking about the two questionable goals or the 4-1 loss. Not too much, anyway.
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Instead, the Albert Lea High School boys’ soccer coach spoke of the progress made by the 2001 Tigers, who won five of their last nine games after starting the season 1-8.
The 12th loss of the season came Tuesday, when the fifth-seeded Tigers fell short 4-1 at Edgerton in their upset bid against top-seeded Southwest Minnesota Christian.
&uot;We feel pretty good about the way things turned out,&uot; said Haun, whose squad finished 6-12. &uot;The guys played their best soccer of the season at the end. It showed in the Mankato West game. We just couldn’t put together any combinations to score in this one.&uot;
Neither could the Stars in the first half, which ended in a 0-0 tie despite a 12-3 shots-on-goal advantage for the home team.
It remained scoreless until 18 minutes into the second half, when the Stars scored on what Haun called &uot;kind of an innocent looking shot&uot; that took a bad hop and bounced off goalie Ethan Berg’s leg and into the net.
The Stars scored their first of two controversial goals about 11 minutes later. The second came about five minutes after that.
Jamie Schreiber scored unassisted for the Tigers with about two minutes remaining.
With Haun clearing the Albert Lea bench to give everyone a chance to play, the Stars added their fourth goal 30 seconds later.
The Tigers were outshot 29-8.
&uot;They have a real solid team,&uot; said Haun of Southwest Minnesota Christian. &uot;They passed the ball real well, and we’ve had a little difficulty with teams like that. We defended them well for 60 minutes; they just snuck a couple past us.
&uot;Looking back, I think the guys can feel they had a successful season.&uot;