Adapted soccer: Park Center stops Ponies


OAK PARK HEIGHTS — A sluggish first half proved costly for the Stillwater adapted soccer team in Tuesday’s 10-4 loss against Park Center at Stillwater Area High School.

The game started about an hour late because of a transportation issue and it took slightly longer for the Ponies (2-2) to find their rhythm. Park Center opened up a 7-2 halftime lead and the Ponies were not able to catch up despite a stronger second half.

“They played a nice game,” Ponies coach Rob Hollerbach said. “If they had played a full game instead of a half game the score would have been closer. The kids played better in the second half.”

Daniel Pehrson, Austin Harjes, Daniel Donahue and Devin Wildes provided a goal each for the Ponies while Harjes and Pehrson collected two assists apiece. Hannah Johnson, Cali Capistrant and Wildes each chipped in with an assist.

Harjes played much of the game in goal for the Ponies, who travel to Mounds View for a game on Thursday.

“We gave them some goals in teh very beginning and just didn’t have a good ffirst half, but they came back and played a very good game,” Hollerbach said. “When they play their own game we were able to get some scores.