Soccer Roundup: Momsen, Totten off to strong start for Irondale

By Matthew Davis
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Sophomore forward Carlos Momsen has six goals in five games for Irondale in the team’s 1-2-2 start.

Senior defender John Kamprud of Irondale goes for the ball against North Branch’s Jose Elizarraga Flor Aug. 24 in the Knights’ 8-1 victory. (Photo by Brad O’neil, ECM post review)

Momsen netted a hat trick in the Knights’ Aug. 24 season opener, an 8-1 rout of North Branch (0-3). He followed that up with a goal in four of the past four games, including a 5-5 tie at Mounds View (1-2-1) Sept. 2.

Knights senior attack Hunter Totten posted a hat trick against the Mustangs, which helped the Knights rally from a 2-0 hole in Arden Hills. Momsen and junior midfielder Josue Del Rosario Montes both scored goals to secure the tie.

Totten, the team’s second-leading scorer, had a goal and two assists in the opener against North Branch.

Knights girls fall in shutouts

After a win to start the season, Irondale fell 2-0 to defending Class 2A state champion Centennial and 2-0 to Spring Lake Park last week.

Centennial (3-0-1) grabbed the lead in the first half, and the Knights stuck within a goal until late in the second half Aug. 29.

“We gave up a goal with two minutes left in the first half, and tried to push at the end resulting in their second goal,” Knights coach Kristy Hope said. “Considering they won state last year, I was pretty happy with that result, and even happier with the way the girls played and did what we asked.”

She didn’t seen that result in the 2-0 loss to a Spring Lake Park team Aug. 31 that won two games last year.

“We did not play to the best of our ability and didn’t create many opportunities to score,” Hope said.

Eagles girls going with two goalkeepers

Junior attack Olivia Olsen scored a goal as Totino-Grace tied for the second time this season Aug. 29.

The Eagles 1-1 tie with Spring Lake Park (2-1-1) made it back-to-back ties. Totino-Grace (0-1-2) tied 22 with Holy Angels (2-1-2) Aug. 26 in their season opener.
Eagles goalkeepers Natalya Gagnon and Emma Lamen split time in net against Spring Lake Park. Gagnon, a junior, stopped five of six shots and surrendered the lone goal by the Panthers. Lamen, a freshman, had eight saves.

They split time in goal again at home against Anoka (1-1-1) Aug. 31 in a 2-1 loss. Gagnon saved 10 shots while Lamen stopped six of eight
Senior midfielder Lexi Serreyn had Totino-Grace’s lone goal.

Irondale junior defender Ian Tacheny looks to stop North Branch as Knights junior midfielder anticipates the ball in the Knights’ 8-1 win over the Vikings Aug. 24. (Photo by Brad O’neil, ECM post review)

Totino-Grace boys improve to 2-0

Four different players scored goals as Totino-Grace downed Spring Lake Park 4-0.

Eagles goals came from junior forward Herbert Endeley, senior midfielder Collin Matzoll, senior defender John O’Dea, and sophomore midfielder Liam Vance in the Aug. 29 win. Endeley, Matzoll and Vance also assisted on a goal apiece. Sophomore midfielder Adam Yazbeck also had an assist.

Totino-Grace junior goalkeeper Phillip Ronza had two saves in the shutout.

The Eagles improved to 2-0 as they handed the Panthers their third-straight loss. Eagles won their season opener 3-1 over Anoka (2-2) Aug. 25.
Endeley scored twice and Matzoll once against the Tornadoes. Junior midfielder Gavin Jeppesen and Vance had assists. Ronza posted five saves and allowed one goal.

Fridley boys off to 2-2 start

Fridley dropped two straight last week after a 2-0 start to the season.

Tartan downed the Tigers 3-1 Sept. 3 despite outshooting the Titans 11-6. Fridley also saw a 2-1 lead slip away in the final 15 minutes against Minneapolis Edison Sept. 1 in a 3-2 loss.

Shamarke Nur scored twice, one assisted by Ayoub Faraah, for the Tigers in the first half for the 2-1 advantage against Minneapolis Edison. Tigers goalkeeper Mario Johnson stopped five shots.

Fridley came in off a 2-1 win against Forest Lake Aug. 29. Kanneh Simpson scored first for the Tigers, and Adam Chebreh scored late with about ten minutes left for the win.

The Tigers opened the season with a 2-1 win over Rogers Aug. 25. Nur had two goals on seven shots.

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