Woodbury defender Isaac Fearing (left) stopped the progress of Stillwater's Mikias Taddess (12) on this play, but Taddess scored twice in the Ponies' 3-1 victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Coming into Wednesday’s battle against Woodbury, Stillwater had averaged five goals a game during its 8-0 start to the season.
The Ponies (9-0-0, 3-0-0) fell short of reaching that average in a 3-1 win over a conference and section rival, but tonight was all about the result.
“We had a lot of opportunities and we’re a team that gets a lot of shots every single game and a lot of opportunities,” senior forward Mikias Taddess said. Getting another win and being 9-0, great feeling.”
Despite his effort, Woodbury goaltender Eddie Puglisi couldn't keep this ball off the foot of Stillwater's Liam Moreira from finding its way into the goal. It gave the Ponies a 2-1 lead in a game Stillwater won 3-1. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Stillwater went on the road and earned a 3-1 win over Suburban East Conference foe Woodbury on Wednesday night.
The Ponies (9-0-0, 3-0-0) opened the scoring, as Mikias Taddess got to a long through ball a step before Woodbury goalkeeper Eddie Puglisi. Taddess shot the ball first time and it rolled past the goal line before any Woodbury defenders could clear it.
The Royals (3-1-2, 1-1-1) answered back 10 minutes later with a first-time finish of their own. Elijah Fearing had to slide to reach a pass to the edge of the Stillwater goal, but he was able to connect with the pass and slot it into the net.
Liam Moreira, who had a penalty saved earlier in the half by Puglisi, scored with under four minutes to go before the break to give the Ponies the lead back. Ila Lalich played a dangerous ball into the box on a corner, and Moreira was eventually able to head it home.
Taddess added a second goal just under three minutes into the second half. Colin Vilme played a nice through ball to Taddess, but Puglisi was able to deny his initial shot, which was his sixth save of the game. Taddess reacted first to the rebound though and doubled the Stillwater lead.
Woodbury's Xander Anderson (9) came down with a ball in front of Stillwater's Sam Chase late in the game. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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