Up and down start for NB boys soccer

Before hosting and losing to Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village and Cambridge-Isanti, the Viking boys soccer team traveled to tame Princeton last week.

On Aug. 28 the Vikings brought home a 9-3 victory over the Tigers.

“Logan Klatt had five goals and two assists,” said Coach Paul Pignato. “He scored one goal by shooting backwards. Others scoring were Brett Bergstrom and Matt Blomquist. The team defense lead by Levi Kolke and Eric Chilstrom (goalkeeper, no goals against him in the first half) shut down the Tiger offense. In the second half, freshman Sam Peterson took the net ensuring the victory. The team had a strong game highlighted by possession and team transition.”

The team then hosted and lost 7-1 to the Panthers last Thursday. Klatt scored the only goal for North Branch.

“Spring Lake Park took advantage of our short bench and lack of first touch,” said Coach Pignato. “NB struggled to find feet with our passes.”

On Friday the team lost to a strong Cambridge squad 8-1.

“Mike Stevens scored our only goal off a perfect crossing pass with a header,” said Coach Pignato. “This was our second game in less than 24 hours, and we had not recovered our legs (high heat). Our short bench again hampered our ability to maintain an attack and win the ball on 50/50’s.”

The North Branch boys soccer team, with a 1-2-1 record, will travel to St. Francis to face the Fighting Saints (0-3-1 record) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 before traveling to Two Harbors to face the Agates (0-3 record) at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The Vikings will then travel to New Hope to face the Robbinsdale Cooper Hawks (0-3-1 record) at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.

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