Adapted soccer: Ponies top North-Tartan in opener

Stillwater’s Austin Harjes, left, and Devin Wildes beat the North St. Paul/Tartan goalkeeper to a loose ball in front of the net during Tuesday’s adapted soccer victory at Stillwater Area High School. (Gazette staff photo by Stuart Groskreutz)

Stillwater’s Austin Harjes, left, and Devin Wildes beat the North St. Paul/Tartan goalkeeper to a loose ball in front of the net during Tuesday’s adapted soccer victory at Stillwater Area High School. (Gazette staff photo by Stuart Groskreutz)

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — After spotting North St. Paul/Tartan a few goals early in Tuesday’s season opener, the Stillwater adapted soccer team stormed back to grab post a 13-4 victory at Stillwater Area High School.

The Ponies (1-0) built a 7-3 halftime lead and pulled away with a 6-1 run in the second half.

John Lindberg congratulates teammate Dan Pehrson following a first-half goal.

John Lindberg congratulates teammate Dan Pehrson following a first-half goal.

“It was a very good opener,” Ponies coach Rob Hollerbach said. “It’s always nice to win.”

Austin Harjes delivered five goals to lead Stillwater and Dan Pehrson followed with four tallies to go along wit two assists. Devin Wildes also contributed three goals and assisted on a few more for the balanced Ponies, who also received a goal and an assist from John Lindberg in his first varsity game.

Daniel Donahue and Hannah Johnson each contributed an assist.

Stillwater was strong defensively with Pehrson and Harjes sharing the goaltending duties. Natasha Wofford-Funke thrwarted several North/Tartan scoring opportunities and Brittany Benz also helped clear the ball out of the zone defensively.

 

Natasha Wofford-Funke

Natasha Wofford-Funke

John Lindberg

John Lindberg

Contact Stuart Groskreutz at stuart.groskreutz@ecm-inc.com

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