The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Sports

September 21, 2013

West boys defeat East in Pack the Stands game

Scarlet boys steamroll Cougars

MANKATO — The fans showed up, the weather cooperated, the concessions did a fair amount of business. About the only thing lacking was Mankato East's offense.

The Cougars took on local rival Mankato West in the annual Pack the Stands boys soccer game on Saturday in front of nearly 1,100 fans. While East held its own on defense, it didn't mount many scoring opportunities.

The result was a 2-0 shutout for West at Thomas O. Anderson Fields.

"We didn't put much pressure on them today," East coach Jerrad Aspelund said. "We have some players out with injuries but that's no excuse.

"We just seem to be playing to get by the last few games. It's like we're just trying to survive. You're not going to win a lot of games playing like that."

The teams were scoreless until late in the first half. At the 35:14 mark, West's Jacob Makela found himself with the ball near the goal mouth and a defender in front of him. He calmly slid the ball over to Dillon Lambert and buried it in the cross corner for a 1-0 West lead.

At 57:29, Lambert scored again, taking a feed from Paul Esslinger to give the Scarlets their 2-0 edge.

"It was fun today," Lambert said. "It's nice to play in front of so many fans, especially when you score, because then they start cheering and that pumps you up for the next time."

The Scarlets lost 5-1 to East earlier in the season, but West head coach Leonard Woelfel felt his team was a bit more disciplined on Saturday.

"In that first game we came out with a lot of confidence, but then East scored the first goal and that kind of took it out of us," he said. "Today we came out focused and we stayed focused. We had some nice passes and scored the first goal and things just went our way after that."

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Outdoors

Latest auto racing news
Featured Ads
Live Moondogs coverage
Shane Frederick's Twitter updates
Chad Courrier's Sports Report
Latest NCAA basketball news
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
Oakland Raiders To Become San Antonio Raiders? - @TheBuzzeronFox Jack White throws first pitch for hometown Tigers LeSean McCoy explains how Chip Kelly has helped his productivity Chicago Cubs win longest game in team history Will Browns have enough without Gordon? Byron Scott: 'This is still a Lakers town' Anderson Silva To Return To UFC, Face Nick Diaz - @TheBuzzeronFox Bills Legend on Bon Jovi's Bid: "F-ck Bon Jovi" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Settlement sets new standards for NCAA Possible MLB trades before deadline 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Byron Scott Reportedly New Head Coach Of Los Angeles Lakers - @TheBuzzeronFox