By Jim Rueda firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mankato Free Press
---- — MANKATO — It was wet, muddy and sloppy at the Loyola soccer field on Good Counsel Hill Saturday and the conditions definitely seemed to slow things down.
The Crusaders took on St. Peter in a boys game at 11 a.m. where the scoring chances were rare for both teams. In the end, it was the Saints who slogged off the field with a 1-0 triumph.
"It was kind of a mess out there," St. Peter coach Dave Borslien said. "There was a puddle over on one side of the field that both teams had be wary of.
"But we came in here hoping to improve our passing and we made some steps in that direction today. We still have some work to do, but we saw improvement."
The game's lone score was delivered by Joey More in the 60th minute. He took a pass from Ryan Van Rossum and got it by Loyola goalkeeper Colton Corcoran for the game-winning tally.
Loyola coach Lee Miller said his team played well despite coming out on the short end of the score.
"We made some adjustments and moved some people around just to see how it would work," Miller said. "The team handled it pretty well. We had some chance but just couldn't finish them off."
St. Peter outshot the Crusaders 8-5. Arick Mayo got the shutout while Colton Corcoran had seven saves in the losing effort.
Borslien said the Saints need to work on their passing because the offense has a tendency to rush the ball.
"When you're not patient and you do that, it kind of limits your option to the two players up top." he said. "If wait a little bit the passing lanes can open up and then you have a lot more options."
Eric Mayo earned the shutout between the posts, stopping all five Loyola shots on goal. Corcoran took the loss with seven saves.
St. Peter (9-7) opens the Section 2A playoffs Monday when they host New Prague at 7 p.m. Loyola begins the postseason the same night, traveling to Worthington for a 6 p.m. game.