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Paynesville Press - September 28, 2005

Chain of Lakes boys get first-ever win 4-2

By Coach Ric Koehn

The Chain of Lakes soccer club is off the ground and well into their first season. The new club, formed this fall, is open to high school students from the Eden Valley-Watkins, Rocori, and Paynesville school districts. The boys' team has 14 members, and the girls' team 15.

The boys' team started off the season with a 3-3 tie in a scrimmage with a freshman team from Willmar in August and then got into their regular season with a game at St. Cloud Tech a couple days later. It was a real learning experience, with the Tigers handing the boys a 7-0 defeat.

On Monday, Sept. 12, the boys showed that they had learned quite a lot from practice as they scored two goals in the first five minutes of their game at Sartell. After the Sabres scored, Chain of Lakes came back with a third goal to make it 3-1 at the half. The teams exchanged goals in the second half, giving the boys their first victory, 4-2.

Joe Sheridan, a senior at PAHS, scored three goals in the first half for Chain of Lakes to record a hat trick in this game.

The very next day the tired team lost to Willmar 2-0 in Richmond, the first home game for the boys.

The first true test to see how the team was progressing was a rematch against Tech, this time in Richmond, on Monday, Sept. 19. The team showed a tremendous amount of progress since their first meeting with the Tigers, this time losing 3-0. Fatigue played a big part in the result; while Tech subbed an entire second string into the game, Chain of Lakes had only three reserves.

Two days later, the Minnesota Business Academy came from the Twin Cities to Richmond for a game. The Chain of Lakes boys turned in a great effort and showed real teamwork as they dominated play and came away with a 4-2 victory, bringing their record to 2-3. Goals were scored by Dan Nies of Rocori, Tyler Theel of Rocori, and Ryan Orbeck, a PAHS junior, with a fourth goal being an own goal.

On Saturday, the Chain of Lakes boys headed to Spring Lake Park for their sixth game. The team has three remaining games: against Minnesota Business Academy on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. in Richmond; at Willmar on Friday, Oct. 7, at 4:30 p.m.; and against Sartell on Monday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. Their home games are held at Centennial Park in Richmond. Admission is free.

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