Adapted soccer: Ponies knock off White Bear Lake
WHITE BEAR LAKE — A balanced scoring attack and solid goaltending helped the Stillwater adapted soccer team defeat White Bear Lake 14-2 on Tuesday for its second victory in a row.
Following a brief layoff due to MEA, the Ponies (3-3) got off to a sluggish start but still carried a 4-1 lead into the halftime break and outscored the Bears 10-1 in the second half.
“Going into this game I was concerned they were rusty,” Stillwater coach Rob Hollerbach said. “The kids started out slow, to say the least, and it wasn’t the game they’ve normally played. Then the lights went on and everything happened in the second half.”
Dan Pehrson finished with five goals to lead the Ponies, with Wesley Dahle providing the assist on each of Pehrson’s tallies. Devin Wildes, Riley Cludy and Austin Harjes added three goals apiece.
Stillwater’s offense was aided in the back by defenders Sam Sundgaard and Cali Capistrant.
“The last two games, Sam has really come into his own as a defensive player with Cali,” Hollerbach said. “In hockey where they will give a second assist, (Sam and Cali) would have each gotten about four assists from the defense, but soccer doesn’t do that. The last two games, they’ve stepped up to play very well.”
Pehrson, Cludy and Harjes each also contributed an assist.