Orono's Franklin Schwendimann (3) motions to fans after scoring late in the first half to give his team a 3-2 lead. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Franklin Schwendimann isn't used to playing from behind. In 33 games over the past two seasons, Schwendimann's Orono squad has lost just once.
But that doesn't mean the senior midfielder doesn't know how to handle the situation. His heads-up play, calm demeanor and leadership helped Orono, sitting at No. 1 in the latest Class 2A Minnesota Coaches Association rankings, to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory Thursday at Benilde-St. Margaret's.
Franklin Schwindimann (3) tried to step out of a maze of feet to bring the ball up the field. Schwindimann scored two goals in Orono's 4-2 victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Senior midfielder Franklin Schwendimann scored twice, including on a play off a corner kick with 1:37 left in the first half, and defending Class 2A state champion Orono remained unbeaten with a 4-2 victory Thursday at Benilde-St. Margaret's.
Schwendimann got the game's first goal on a penalty kick 5 minutes, 12 seconds in but Benilde-St. Margaret's responded with two goals over the next 10 minutes to put the Spartans (11-0, 5-0), the top-ranked team in Class 2A by the Minnesota coaches' association, in a position they rarely find themselves — behind. But junior Lisle Cherwien tied the game at 2-2 with 17 minutes left in the half to set up Schwendimann's score in the closing seconds of the half.
Benilde-St. Margaret's, ranked seventh in Class 2A, fell to 6-4-1 overall and 3-3 in the Metro West.
Schwendimann's second goal, which proved to be the game-winner, came when Benilde-St. Margaret's defenders left two players alone in the corner. Schwendimann dropped the ball to junior Owen Hirt, who passed back to Schwendimann for an uncontested boot into the upper right corner of the Knights' net for a 3-2 lead.
The Spartans controlled the ball most of the second half and got the only goal of the second half when senior Brodie Howe directed a pass off his heel into the net with less than five minutes to play.
Benilde-St. Margaret's junior Ben Dietzen (8) and Orono's Franklin Schwindimann jousted for control of a goal kick in the second half. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine