The Superior High School boys soccer team improved to 3-9 on the season with a 5-2 win over the Spooner Rails Monday evening at the SHS soccer complex.
The Spartans also defeated Spooner 8-1 on the road in August and Monday was much the same as Caleb Dushkin opened the scoring just 2:06 into the game with a chip over the goalie after taking a pass from Bryan Wines.
Just 35 seconds later it went to 2-0 as Cody Anderson sent a pass ahead to Rexi Olson, who beat one Spooner defender and then beat the goalkeeper.
The Rails settled down and started gaining some possession, but the Spartans were not done. After being rewarded a free kick just outside the box, sophomore midfielder Felix Leck crossed the free kick into the box and Bryan Wines headed the ball into the goal for a 3-0 lead at 21:07 of the first half.
The Spartans struck back 46 seconds later and took a 4-0 lead as Leck tallied with an assist from Brandon Gustafson
Another goal came just less than two minutes later as Ali Maamoun scored on an assist from junior forward Tyler Gravening for a 5-0 lead at the half.
Zach Brosdal started in goal for the Spartans and had four first-half saves. Jarret Byrnes replaced Brosdal at halftime and had six saves.
The Rails struck first in the second half cutting the score to 5-1 at 57:39. As the game came to a close Spooner struck one last time on a header goal in the last minute of the game.
The Spartans host Hermantown at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Rice Lake 5, Superior 1
The Warriors defeated the Spartans 5-1 Saturday morning at the SHS fields.
Rice Lake broke through and scored the opening goal at 6:46 of the first half. However, Superior responded quickly as Dushkin assisted Connor Anderson on the equalizing goal less than a minute later to tie the game at 7:39 of the first half.
Both teams continued a solid attack, but both defenses proved too strong for much of the half. Unfortunately for the Spartans they just couldn’t hold on long enough as the Warriors scored the next four goals for the win.
“Even though we were down at the half, they had played some of their best soccer all year,” SHS coach Tom Bush said. “I was proud of the way we played. I really felt like that was the best we’ve looked all year, and certainly the best 40 minutes we have put together. I was really excited that it would build and we had a chance to win the game”
Brosdal started in goal and made eight saves. Byrnes started the second half, making four saves, but had to be replaced after making a stunning save during a collision at the 18-yard line. SPARTAN SPIN: The SHS JV (0-7-2) lost to Rice Lake 9-0.