Adapted soccer: Ponies fall short

Gazette photos by Stuart Groskreutz
Stillwater’s Austin Harjes drills a shot at goaltender John Paulsen of Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville during Thursday’s adapted soccer game at Stillwater Area High School.

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — The Stillwater adapted soccer team was unable to contain Bruce Matusovic as Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville defeated the Ponies 7-2 on Thursday at Stillwater Area High School.

The Ponies (1-3) were outscored 6-0 in the first half before playing a stronger second half, which included goals by Dan Pehrson and Riley Cludy.


Ponies defender Dan Pehrson leaps high to deflect a shot.

Pehrson drilled a direct free kick into the upper-right corner of the net and Cludy scored later in the second half with help from Hannah Johnson, who was credited with an assist. Unlike the first half when Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville was pressing forward throughout, Johnson drew the defenders back to help create some space for Cludy.

“She brought them all down there and Riley was able to score,” Ponies coach Rob Hollerbach said. “Dan with that direct free kick, he knew what to do. It was a great shot.”

Matusovic scored six goals and added an assist to lead Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville.

“He had a shot like nobody’s business,” Hollerbach said of Matusovic. “I thought we played well the second half, but didn’t play so well the first half,” Hollerbach said.