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Preview: SHS kickers snap skids against Ashland and ECN

The Superior High School boys soccer team has been making huge strides the past couple of seasons.

Despite finishing last season with an overall record of 5-12-1, two of the wins were the first Lake Superior Conference victories in the past five years.

This season the Spartans (1-1-1) have already battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Ashland and then pulled off a rare win over Eau Claire North, 3-1, Saturday at the Chippewa Falls Quad.

Superior’s tie snapped a 10-game losing streak to Ashland. During the span, the Oredockers outscored Superior 58-9, including 40-0 through the 2011-13 seasons. The Spartans’ last win over Ashland was 3-0 in 2010.

The Spartans also snapped a four-game losing streak to ECN dating back through the 2010 season.

First-year SHS head coach Otto Berti will be looking to replace first-team all-conference players Logan Kittelson and Kade Walpole, as well as Robert Severin, who was third in scoring with two goals and nine assists.

Kittelson, Superior’s leading scorer last season with 17 goals and six assists, is currently playing at St. Scholastica, and Walpole, who had three goals and four assists, is playing at UW-Superior.

One returning player Berti will be counting on is junior forward Jarrett Kallinen, who was second in scoring last season with 11 goals and three assists. He was also a second-team all-conference selection.

The only two seniors on this year’s roster are defensemen Nathan Ferrando and Hunter Willmore.

Joining Kallinen as juniors are Jimmy Peterson (F), Blake Hanson (M), Ty Russ (D), Nate DeRoche (M/D), Robby Preston (D/M), Jaiden Finckler (D/M), Eddy O’Brien (F) and Minjune Jang (D).

Among the sophomore class are keeper Cal Berti, Sebastian Lane (M/D), Maverick Peterson (M/F), Steven Pearson (D), Brandon Conklin (M) and Derrick Mattson (M/D). Peterson was fifth in scoring a year ago with two goals and three assists.

The freshmen on the varsity roster are Noah Benson (D/M) and Alex Hanson (D).

Cal Berti has been in goal for all three Spartan games this season and recorded five saves in the win over ECN.

Peterson and Kallinen currently lead the Spartans in scoring with a goal and assist each.

Mattson and Blake Hanson have also scored goals, and Alex Hanson has an assist.

SPARTAN SPIN: Superior’s team managers are Kennedy Grimstad, Hadeel Huwaish and Maija Kittelson. … Berti’s assistant coach is Jake Swanson. … Superior lost to ECN 7-3 last year in Chippewa Falls. … The Spartans’ season ended last year with a 10-1 loss at Hudson in a WIAA regional game.

Superior High School

2016 Boys Soccer Roster

1 Cal Berti.................................... G          So.

2 Jimmy Peterson........................... F           Jr.

3  Blake Hanson............................. M          Jr.

4 Jarret Kallinen.............................. F           Jr.

5 Nathan Ferrando.......................... D          Sr.

6 Ty Russ..................................... D           Jr.

7 Nate DeRoche........................... M/D         Jr.

8 Robby Preston.......................... D/M         Jr.

9 Sebastian Lane.......................... M/D        So.

10 Maverick Peterson.................... M/F         So.

11 Noah Benson........................... D/M         Fr.

12 Alex Hanson.............................. D           Fr.

14 Hunter Willmore......................... D          Sr.

16 Jaiden Finckler......................... D/M         Jr.

18 Steven Pearson......................... D          So.

19 Eddy O’Brien............................ F           Jr.

20 Brandon Conklin......................... M          So.

22 Derrick Mattson........................ M/D        So.

26 Minjune Jang............................. D           Jr.

Junior Varsity Roster

Juniors — Jaiden Finckler, Nick Sommer.

Sophomores — Nate Peterson, Steven Pearson, Craig Burkhart.

Freshmen — Noah Benson, Alex Hanson, Ben Hintzman, Sam Peterson, Tiegen Roden, Nate Olson, Andrew Lisak, Evan Wearing.

Superior High School

Boys Soccer Schedule

Tue., Aug. 23........... at Two Harbors (scrim)

Thur., Aug. 25.......... vs. Ashland (1-1 2OTs)

Chippewa Falls Quad

Sat., Aug. 27........... vs. Chip. Falls (L 4-0)

Sat.,  Aug. 27.......... vs. E.C. North (W 3-1)

Tue., Aug. 30........... at Mesabi East, 4:30 p.m.

Thur., Sept. 1.......... at Washburn, 5 p.m.

Thur., Sept. 8.......... at Proctor, 6:30 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 12......... vs. Hayward, 5 p.m.

Tue., Sept. 13.......... vs. Spooner, 4:30 p.m.

Thur., Sept. 15......... vs. Grand Rapids, 5 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 17.......... vs. Marshall, 7 p.m.

Tue., Sept. 20.......... vs. Cloquet, 4:30 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 24.......... at Menomonie, 1 p.m.

Thur., Sept. 29......... vs. Hermantown, 7 p.m.

Tue., Oct 4.............. vs. Denfeld, 7 p.m.

Thur., Oct 6............. at Ashland, 4:30 p.m.

Fri., Oct 7............... vs. Rice Lake, 4 p.m.

Mon., Oct 10........... at Hayward, 4:30 p.m.

Thur., Oct 13........... vs. Washburn, 5 p.m.

Thur., Oct 20........... WIAA Regionals

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