Looking at both Shakopee and Eastview’s season statistics prior to Thursday’s matchup, it was tough to infer which team would triumph in the South Suburban Conference tilt. The Sabers made quite the case to be the superior team after 80 minutes.
Shakopee came out in the first half in a big way at Eastview High School with three goals, proving to be more than enough to help the Sabers throttle rival Eastview 4-0.
A cursory look at the South Suburban standings before Thursday indicated Shakopee may be the better team as the Sabers have just one blemish this season. The Lightning, however, are ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll and have played stingy defense this year, allowing four goals in their first six matches.
Eastview’s vaunted defense, however, showed a few chinks in its armor in the first half Thursday, starting when Shakopee junior Nate Dake knocked in a goal after collecting a rebound.
Eastview had allowed just one goal in four matches to start the season but the Lightning defense could not contain the Sabers in Thursday’s match at Eastview High School. The Sabers struck for three goals in the first half and kept the foot in the gas in a 4-0 triumph over the Lightning.
Shakopee (5-1-1, 5-0-0) recorded its first goal just three minutes into the South Suburban Conference tilt when Nate Dake pounced on a rebound to score. The rest of the first half was the Zachary Susee show, as the senior forward tallied the next two Sabers goals, giving him 15 goals this season.
In the second half, senior forward Tyler Grausnick became the third Shakopee player to score, making it 4-0 in the 45th minute. Senior Broc Dollerschell tallied an assist in the win.
The Lightning, ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, had no response to Shakopee’s offensive outburst. Eastview (4-1-2, 2-1-2) managed eight shots on net against junior keeper Nicholas Isensee. Eastview senior goalkeeper Andrew Kirchhnoff, meanwhile, had plenty going on in front of him, resulting in his making 15 saves.
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