Big week for Ranger soccer boys
FL tops Park, Andover
Forest Lake boys’ soccer is on a roll after winning two away matches last week. The Rangers defeated Park 1-0 last Tuesday, then went on to beat Andover 2-0 on Saturday.
Forest Lake head coach Matt Koehn said the match-up against Park was a good showing for his squad, as Park is usually a top 3 team in the Suburban East Conference.
“We had a good first half actively distributing the ball where it needed to go,” Koehn said. “It was probably our best overall game so far.”
Ranger senior forward Matt Eiden scored the game-winning goal five minutes into the second half, while the defense held strong to force the shut-out. Eiden also scored both goals in the win over Andover to bring home another Forest Lake victory.
Koehn also mentioned the importance of Eiden’s younger brother, sophomore Paxton Eiden, as well as junior Garret Peterson. The two midfielders played a key role in starting out strong in both games, knowing when to be aggressive and when to distribute the ball.
“Without those two playing the way they did, it’d be a totally different game,” Koehn said. “But really, we were good all over, strong on the outside and off the bench. Everyone played at a high level.”
Going forward, Forest Lake will need the solidity of the defense to stay intact as the Rangers suffered the loss of both varsity goaltenders, junior Keenan Patterson and senior Nick Ladwig, to concussions last week. With both keepers out, JV goalie Chris Mohalek will get his shot in net. Despite the line up change, Koehn has confidence in Mohalek and is thankful to have such depth at the goalie position.
“At the beginning of the year, I said we were fortunate to have three goalies with different strengths and weaknesses,” Koehn said. “Chris has gotten a lot of playing time on JV, so he just needs to go out there, relax and play. He’ll do a good job.”
Koehn also reiterated that Mohalek will have a strong defensive presence supporting him, led by senior captain Dan Mollett.
“Dan Mollett is very athletic and we put him on defense to anchor that position for a reason,” Koehn said. “He just solidifies that whole line back there.”
With a record of 4-4-1, Forest Lake faced Woodbury on Tuesday night with a chance to earn a winning record before moving on to a home game against Cretin-Derham Hall at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.