Trojans soccer breezes by Cardinals, 6-0
FAIRMONT — Jon Keoduangsy knows how to score from either the right or left wing, by lofting a soccer ball to the top shelf or lining a grass-bender, or tapping home a putback shot.
That’s exactly how Worthington’s junior standout striker produced a game-best five goals to power the visiting Trojans to a 6-0 Big South Conference win over the Fairmont Area Cardinals at Kot Soccer Complex.
“He’s an excellent scorer,” Worthington head coach Smitty Ektnitphong said in reference to Keoduangsy. “You’d think that would be a season-high today, but he scored five goals in a game earlier this year.”
Keoduangsy and midfielder Edwin Hernandez combined for a 2-on-1 breakaway before Hernandez delivered a crossing pass to set up Keoduangsy’s first goal of the afternoon for a 1-0 lead at the 31:01 mark.
Ironically, Trojan midfielder Victor Alvarez joined the scoring column by arching a left-footed shot over an outstretched Cardinal goalkeeper Tyson Geerdes at the 29:32 juncture before turning his thoughts to passing.
Alvarez produced the first assist of his playmaker day by driving the right end line before threading a crossing pass to Keoduangsy on the left doorstep for an open chip-in to extend the Trojans’ lead to 3-0 with 26:26 showing in the first half.
“They’re such good passers that it’s difficult to defend. They manage to find seams, and do a nice job of not getting offsides,” said Fairmont Area head coach Brady Meyer.
Keoduangsy completed his hat trick in the opening half by pocketing a midfield steal, weaved through traffic, drilled a shot that Geerdes got his gloves on and hammered home the trickling carom with 19:20 left before intermission.
Geerdes, who finished with a game-best 18 saves, and the Abram Sanchez-led Cardinals’ defense kept the high-octane Trojans off of the scoreboard for the ensuing 7 1/2 minutes before Geerdes exited on the heels of a collision.
Malachi Anderson, who was feeling ‘under the weather’ and was not suited up, was called into emergency duty from Fairmont Area’s sideline and the junior netminder turned away two shots on goal to keep the score at 4-0 by halftime.
Geerdes returned for the second half, stonewalling Worthington on 8 of 10 scoring chances, with Keoduangsy adding two more scores to his day’s work.
Alvarez delivered both 20-yard lofted passes to the fleet-footed Keoduangsy, who blistered a low liner from the point at the 36:49 mark before tapping in a deflection of Alvarez’s initial shot with 27:06 remaining in regulation.
Tom Havnen produced half of the Cardinals’ two shots on goal, with Trojan keeper Sander Diaz gloving the Fairmont Area striker’s left endline blast midway through the second half.
“Give Fairmont (Area) credit — they played much more competitively today than the first time we saw them,” Ektnitphong said in reference to Worthington’s 7-0 win on Aug. 24. “We turned up the offensive pressure on them today, and they just kept fighting and fighting, and cleared the ball out or the keeper made the save.
“Fairmont’s defense has improved, and that’s first step in turning things around, but it takes time.”
Fairmont Area (0-12-1) plays host to St. Peter at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in Game 2 of a varsity doubleheader at Kot Soccer Complex.
Worthington (12-0-1) plays host to Waseca on Tuesday night.
Fairmont Area 0-0–0
WOR–Jon Keoduangsy (Edwin Hernandez), 31:01.
WOR–Victor Alvarez (unassisted), 29:32.
WOR–Keoduangsy (Alvarez), 26:26.
WOR–Keoduangsy (unassisted), 19:20.
WOR–Keoduangsy (Alvarez), 36:49.
WOR–Keoduangsy (Alvarez), 27:06.
Shots on goal: Worthington 16-10–26; Fairmont Area 0-2–2.
Saves: Tyson Geerdes (FA) 10-8–18, Malachi Anderson (FA) 2-x–2; Sander Diaz (WOR) 0-2–2.
Fairmont Area and Worthington battled to a scoreless tie during junior varsity action Saturday in Fairmont.
Cardinal goalkeeper Lucas Simpson netted the shutout between the posts.
Austin 6, Fairmont Area 2 — Hannah Quandt netted a pair of first-half goals and teammate Grace Mayer delivered two second-segment scores to power the Packers to a 6-2 non-league triumph over the Cardinals on Saturday.
Hope Dudycha and Eliana Bentley contributed one goal apiece to Austin’s victory at Art Hass Stadium, while netminder Myia Hoium stopped 11 Fairmont Area shots to collect the win.
Brooke Hunwardsen headed home the Cardinals’ initial goal off of Isabelle Lenort’s corner kick during first-half action. Abby DeWitt supplied an unassisted goal for Fairmont Area before intermission.
Cardinal goalie Taylor Eicholz notched 13 saves on the game.
Fairmont Area (8-5, 6-2 Big South) plays host to St. Peter at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Maddie Maakestad tallied two goals and Hailie Handevidt distributed two assists to pace Fairmont Area’s 3-1 victory over Austin during junior varsity action Saturday in Austin.
Rayah Quiring headed in a goal off a Handevidt corner kick, teammate Mackenzie Householder doled out an assist for the Cardinals.
Goalkeeper Kaiden Boerner made 11 saves to garner the win for Fairmont Area, which tallied 17 shots on goal.
Cayla Phinney-Colby and Carissa Saxton each produced two goals to help power Fairmont Area to a 7-0 triumph over Austin during C-squad action Saturday.
Emma Scheppmann generated one goal and one helper for the Cardinals, while Selma Bleess and Alexis Rojo chipped in solo goals. Alyssa Wiederhoeft and Cadee Becker added assists for the Cardinals.
Becker and Kalie Hanna combined for three saves for Fairmont Area.