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Late St. Louis Park goal sinks Metro West foe Chanhassen

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 10/04/18, 9:30AM CDT


David Benjamin found the back of the net in the waning minutes to keep the Orioles unbeaten in conference play.

St. Louis Park forward David Benjamin (21) forces a turnover early in the first half. Benjamin scored in the game's 71st minute for a 1-0 win over Chanhassen. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Isaak Kimmel controls the long pass but is called for offside. Chanhassen's defense forced numerous offside calls, frustrating St. Louis Park's attack throughout Thursday's game. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

First Report

After more than 70 minutes of scoreless play, St. Louis Park senior forward David Benjamin broke the deadlock with a breakaway goal, pushing the Orioles past Chanhassen 1-0 on Thursday.

St. Louis Park (12-0-1, 7-0) set the pace early and forced the Storm to play defense most of the match. Chanhassen junior goaltender Noah Nielsen made nine saves.

Chanhassen (4-9-1, 2-5) registered just two shots on goal against St. Louis Park senior goaltender Leo Finley.

With the win, St. Louis Park, ranked No. 5 in the Class 2A state coaches’ poll, captures the Metro West Conference crown. The Orioles will try for a perfect regular season on Saturday against No. 1-2A Minneapolis Washburn.

Chanhassen goalkeeper Noah Nielsen (1) leaps over traffic to control possession off a corner kick. Nielsen led the Storm's defense with nine saves on Thursday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

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