Red Knights fall short on home opener

Robby Sutherland

The boy’s soccer team’s miscommunication against Eden Prairie at the end of the first half led to a deflection off of a Red Knight defender into the BSM net for the lone goal of the night. Failing to produce on offense, the team’s record dropped to 1-1-1.

Although the non-conference loss was unfortunate, the Red Knights can only learn from mistakes and move on. “We did great. EP is one of the best teams in the state and we had plenty of chances to score. We just couldn’t finish,” said junior captain Johnny Mulvahill.

Just seven seniors and six starters return to the team making it a fairly young squad. “We are a young team but that doesn’t mean we aren’t experienced,” said junior goalkeeper Alex Leiter.

The fact that their competition will more times than not have an older team doesn’t seem to phase the Red Knights though. ” We will overcome the fact that we are a young team by staying discipline and focused during training and working our [butts] off,” said Leiter.

However, the soccer game was not the only story of the night on August 31. All of the players and spectators expectations for the new stadium were not only met, but exceeded at the home opener.

Not only did the fans enjoy watching the game on the state-of-the-art turf field, the players noticed the difference between grass and turf as well. “It’s much easier to control the ball and it doesn’t take any weird bounces,” said Mulvahill.

An exciting season is expected from a team that with a little luck and a lot of hard work can take them well past the regular season. “We have a lot of talent so we have a chance to do great,” said Mulvahill, “If we start scoring on more of our chances we’ll have a good year.”