The Cambridge-Isanti boys enjoyed an undefeated week on the pitch which began with a 2-1 home victory over crosstown rival St. Francis Sept. 20.
“We always have an interesting match with St. Francis. Our boys came out pretty determined to play hard, knowing this was a section-seed determining game,” said C-I Coach Randy Rouse. “The Saints are a strong, physical team, and they came out equally determined against us.”
The Saints took a 1-0 lead at the 31st minute, but four minutes later, the Jackets’ struck back. Off a free kick, Josh Rouse found Josh Samsa who headed the ball into the net. In the second half, the wind picked up mightily in favor of St. Francis. Aaron Kordiak and Benj Nault-Maurer led the C-I defense in turning away repeated attacks on the net.
Then in the 61st minute, Rouse sent the ball toward Samsa who made a great pass across the goal mouth. Eighth-grader Micah Brady was in position to score the game-winner– his first varsity goal for the Bluejackets.
C-I 5, Big Lake 1
The Bluejackets evened their Mississippi 8 record at 1-1 with the Sept. 22 road win at Big Lake. Josh Rouse delivered 3 goals and 1 assist in the victory, with Samsa tallying 1 goal and 2 assists. Brady added C-I’s other goal, with Travis Olson and Skye Hunt-Schuft each getting 1 assist.
C-I 0, Concordia Acad. 0 OT
The Beacons came to CIHS for a Saturday afternoon game, bringing with them several players skilled at heading the ball. C-I keeper Nate Medin played a great game in the net, making a full-out dive on a rocket midway through the first half and holding despite Concordia’s consistent attack. The Bluejackets turned the tables with solid pressure late in the first half when Kordiak, Samsa and Hunt-Schuft all had good chances.
• On Sept. 27, visiting Monticello posted a 5-1 victory over the Bluejackets in Mississippi 8 action.
M-8 Boys Soccer
St. Michael-Alb. 3-0-1, 8-3-2; Buffalo 3-1-1, 7-3-1; Monticello 3-2, 6-6-1; Rogers 2-2, 2-10-1; Cambridge-Isanti 1-2, 4-4-1; Becker 1-2, 1-8; Big Lake-Spectrum 0-4, 0-8.