The St. Croix Falls/Unity boys soccer team stands at 5-1-1 on the season after posting a 2-1 road win over Somerset Sept. 11.
“The kids used the entire field and controlled the tempo of the game,” explained SCF/Unity coach Craig Zipperer. “Hayden Prokop had a great defensive game and is really showing a lot of confidence in his abilities. Owen McDonough continued his goal streak along with an additional goal from Austin Hursh.
“We are gaining trust in our roles and learning about what works best for the group.”
McDonough has scored a goal in all seven of SCF/Unity’s games this season. He has 10 overall along with two assists.
Skyler Fox stopped seven shots in net to earn the win.
“We continue to be the first to the ball and build momentum from our defense,” Zipperer said. “Players are starting to communicate effectively.”
Zipperer was also pleased with his team’s ability to adjust to playing on grass after its previous two games were on turf.
SCF/Unity 6, Cumberland 1
McDonough posted a hat trick in the game against Cumberland Sept. 9, boosting his collegiate chances, Zipperer believes.
“I have no doubt that he is a prospect for many colleges to play at the next level,” Zipperer stated.
As a result of the lopsided score, it gave Zipperer the chance to play many players. Some work needs to be done.
“Because of the goal differential, we were able to play 27 players,” he said. “We continue to struggle using the whole field and overlap with players.”
Austin Hursh scored two goals and Oliver Schmidt accounted for the other goal. John Courteau, Carson Cross and McDonough had the assists.
Skyler Fox stopped six Cumberland shots in net, while Matt Dreger had two.
SCF/Unity 1, Rice Lake 1
St. Croix Falls/Unity started its week with a 1-1 tie over Rice Lake Sept. 7.
“Our kids matched the physical play of our opponent,” Zipperer said. “Our core defensive unit of Harrison Zipperer, Hayden Prokop, Joe Marshall, and Cole Rutledge began to play cohesively.”
McDonough scored the lone goal.
Skyler Fox stopped seven Rice Lake shots in net to preserve the tie.
“He played at an all-conference level with his decisions in goal,” Craig Zipperer said.
An added benefit, Craig Zipperer said, was the chance to schedule a junior varsity game, to give some of his young players more experience.
In earlier action, Unity/St. Croix Falls beat Barron 3-1 Sept. 2, behind McDonough’s two goals and Ashland 4-1 Aug. 31. In the Ashland game, it was Cross who was the offensive star, with a hat trick. Tayler Hursh added two assists.