Adapted soccer: Ponies fall to Park Center


BROOKLYN PARK — The Stillwater adapted soccer team dropped its second straight game on Tuesday while falling 9-1 against Park Center.

The Ponies (1-2) received a first-half goal from Austin Harjes, who also drew a tough defensive assignment while trying to contain Park Center leading scorers Aaron Clark and Kevin Hofer.

The Pirates jumped out to a 6-1 halftime lead and, although the Ponies did a better job defending them in the second half, were still outscored 3-0 to close out the game.

“My kids are doing as well as I can ask,” Stillwater coach Rob Hollerbach said. “I was frustrated in the beginning, but they played a better second half and it was a lot better to watch. I’m happy.”

Hofer controlled much of the game offensively for the Pirates, finishing with four goals and setting up several others. Clark finished with three goals and Megan Thompson added another for Park Center.

“Austin did an amazing job of staying with (Hofer),” Hollerbach said. “We were playing pretty good, but the damage was done in that first half. The second half we adjusted and contained those guys.”

The Ponies were also on the wrong end of several near misses, including five shots by Riley Cludy that deflected off the posts or crossbar.

“Riley just had the worst luck,” Hollerbach said. “He’s doing what he’s asked and shooting towards the edges of the net because he’s trying to not kick it right into the hands of the goalie.”

Stillwater is scheduled to host Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville on Thursday.