The St. Croix Falls/Unity boys soccer team returned to action last week after not playing in 12 days.
SCF/Unity started with a 6-0 win over Barron Sept. 28.
“Strong play through overlapping players,” stated SCF/Unity coach Craig Zipperer on what worked in the game. “Playing laterally instead of focusing on playing vertical.”
Owen McDonough scored three goals and an assist for SCF/Unity. Carson Cross tallied two goals and an assist with John Courteau tallying the final goal.
Additional assists went to Yezi Stepp, Taylor Hursh and Liam McDonough.
“The communication of our players was outstanding,” Zipperer added. “Every other time we have played Barron in the last seven years, the weather has been horrible. The weather in tonight’s game was beautiful.”
Skyler Fox stopped two shots in net to preserve the shutout.
Two days later, St. Croix Falls/Unity had its third straight shutout win, 3-0 over Ashland.
“Our players play better on a larger field, but we were able to play with good energy,” Zipperer stated. “Our team play, and short passes were strong, and we had great communication.”
Zipperer also praised his team’s ability to play from the opening whistle.
“We outplayed them keeping the ball on their side of the field most of the game,” he said.
The following day, opportunities were there, but not converted against Washburn/Bayfield, who defeated SCF/Unity 2-0.
“I am proud we were able to put some good sequences together and had plenty of opportunities to score,” Zipperer said. “The kids played hard and were willing to fill into positions they were not accustomed to; however, we did not challenge the 50/50 balls and that was our downfall.”
Zipperer also praised Washburn/Bayfield.
“They came out with energy and played a great match,” he said.
St. Croix Falls/Unity is now 8-3-1 on the year.