Boys soccer: Ponies stretch winning streak to four

Stillwater’s Aropo Ojulu battles Roseville player for the ball during Tuesday’s 3-0 Suburban East Conference boys’ soccer victory at Pony Stadium. (Gazette staff photos by Stuart Groskreutz)

Stillwater’s Aropo Ojulu battles Roseville player for the ball during Tuesday’s 3-0 Suburban East Conference boys’ soccer victory at Pony Stadium. (Gazette staff photos by Stuart Groskreutz)

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — The Stillwater boys’ soccer team continued its impressive play of late while blanking Roseville 3-0 in Tuesday’s Suburban East Conference game at Pony Stadium.

The Ponies (4-0 SEC, 5-2) have outscored their past four opponents by a combined 18-2.

“We’re playing well and I’m very pleased with where we are at,” Stillwater coach Jake Smothers said.

Ponies freshman Patrick Allan celebrates his first-half goal with teammate Max Boedigheimer.

Ponies freshman Patrick Allan celebrates his first-half goal with teammate Max Boedigheimer.

The Ponies, who held a 19-5 advantage in shots, jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Patrick Allan.

“It was a great goal and right with our trianing,” Smothers said. “The shot was perfect. It was where it had to be and I knew it was good.”

Aropo Ojulu continued his strong play of late while scoring less than two minutes into the second half. The Ponies went into more of a defensive mode with 20 minutes remaining, but after maintaining possession in front of the net Cole  Bardwell turned and fired a shot past goalkeeper Ben Westermeyer to build a three-goal cushion.

“Our focus has really been defending and we’ve worked hard on our defensive presence throughout the field,” Smothers said. “We had a different lineup and I was really proud of the way we took our training sessions onto the field.”

 

Roseville 0 0 — 0

Stillwater 1 2 — 3

 

St — 27:00 — Patrick Allan (Cole Bardwell)

St — 42:00 — Aropo Ojulu (unassisted)

St — 78:00 — Bardwell (unassisted)

 

Shots on goal — Ros: 4; St: 15.

Corner kicks — Ros: 4; St: 5.

Goalie saves — Ros: Ben Westermeyer NA; St: Erik Meitz 1.

 

Stillwater 5, Hill-Murray 1

At Maplewood, Jared Allan delivered a hat trick to highlight Stillwater’s 5-1 nonconference boys’ soccer victory over Hill-Murray on Saturday.

Aropo Ojulu added two goals for the Ponies (5-2), including their first midway through the first half on an assist by Max Boedigheimer. Shae Bottum evened the score for the Pioneers, who handed highly regarded North St. Paul its only loss earlier this season, in the 24th minute.

“Hill-Murray is a solid team. We were happy to play well,” Ponies coach Jake Smothers said.

Stillwater took control with four consecutive goals to pull away for its third victory in a row.

Jared Allan scored with five minutes remaining in the first half and Ojulu extended Stillwater’s lead with his second goal two minutes into the second half for a 3-1 advantage. Allan followed with his second goal three minutes later and closed out the scoring for the Ponies with this third tally of the game. Boedigheimer and Sam Keran each finished with two assists.

“Our five goals really came out of independent hard work,” Smothers said. “Both teams were really counter-attack type teams wo we tried to draw them out. It was a small field, so it went forward quickly. We took advantage of the chances we created and also stopped two or three of their opportunities.”

Erik Meitz finished with two saves in goal for the Ponies, including a diving save that that he punched out of the way with his opposite hand.

“It was probably the best save he’s made all season,” Smothers said.

 

Stillwater 3 2 — 5

Hill-Murray 1 0 — 1

 

St — 18:00 — Aropo Ojulu (Max Boedigheimer)

H-M — 24:00 — Shae Bottum (unassisted)

St — 35:00 — Jared Allan (Nathan Purdie)

St — 42:00 — Ojulu (Boedigheimer)

St — 45:00 — Allan (Sam Keran)

St — NA — Allan (Keran)

 

Shots — St: 19; H-M: 5.

Corner kicks — St: 5; H-M: 2.

Goalie saves — St: Erik Meitz 2; H-M: NA.

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