St. Thomas Academy's Matthew Zander (10) sends a ball deep into the Mahtomedi end Thursday evening. Zander had a goal for the Cadets in their 2-1 victory over the Zephyrs in Mendota Heights. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
St. Thomas Academy's Will Guttery (19) scored the game-winning goal for the Cadets in their 2-1 victory over Mahtomedi Thursday night in Mendota Heights. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Many things have been fluid regarding sports while the country deals with the COVID-19 pandemic which has led to altered plans, a shortened fall prep season and, in some instances, forced cancelations.
This means seizing the opportunities that are provided, which St. Thomas Academy did Thursday night as the Cadets upended Metro East Conference foe Mahtomedi, ranked No. 9 in the Class 1A coaches’ poll, 2-1 at St. Thomas Academy.
With goals from sophomore Matthew Zander and senior Will Guttery, the Cadets took a 2-0 lead before Nolan Pratumwon recorded a second-half goal for Mahtomedi, getting the Zephyrs back in the game. The one goal was all Mahtomedi (3-1-0, 3-1-0) could muster, however, pushing the Cadets’ winning streak to five games.
State rankings didn’t matter Thursday as St. Thomas Academy defeated Metro East Conference foe Mahtomedi 2-1 at St. Thomas Academy
The Zephyrs, ranked No. 9 in the Class 1A coaches’ poll, fell in a two-goal deficit after sophomore Matthew Zander and senior Will Guttery scored, pushing the Cadets (6-1-0, 6-1-0) to victory. Zander’s tally came in the 15th minute after he took control of a ball that bounced over the opposing goalkeeper’s head and buried it into the back of the net.
In the second half, Guttery forced a bouncing ball through traffic in the Mahtomedi (3-1-0, 3-1-0) box to add what ended up being the game-clinching goal with less than 17 minutes remaining.
Nolan Pratumwon provided Mahtomedi with a late push by adding a goal with four minutes left, but St. Thomas Academy held on.
Mahtomedi's Ethan Peterson (10) dribbles the ball through midfield in a Metro East conference match against St. Thomas Academy Thursday night. The Zephyrs fell to the Cadets 2-1 in Mendota Heights. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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