Strikers away to and hosting Menomonie SC
7 June by LS
On Monday, June 3rd the Strikers travelled to Menomonie and just two days later hosted them at Casper Park.
In the away game, the Strikers started fairly positively, working the ball up field on the sidelines but failing to carve out many good chances. Menomonie kept the ball better than the Strikers but the defense was sound and cleared away quite a few chances, with Mitchell making a number of saves.
In the 26th minute, Miles launched a ball through and Gaige ran onto it and took just three touches to finish around the keeper, putting the Strikers up 1-0.
The Strikers kept pressure on with a number of chances inside the Menomonie area, three shots were deflected or saved before Nathan latched onto an attempted clearance and made one quick move before firing into the back of the net to put the Srtrikers up 2-0.
The boys looked a bit tired even after the break, and Menomonie took advantage. Less than 60 seconds after the second half started, they fired in a goal to bring the score back to 2-1. Only a four minutes later, they added another to level the score at 2-2.
The Strikers struggled to get any traction or even to clear the ball out of the area as Menomonie kept attacking in wave after wave with Mitchell required to make several saves just to keep the score level.
Conceding so much possession and continued pressure was not good for the Strikers as it wore them down, and as the game progressed, Menomonie added two more goals, making the fnial score 4-2 in their favor.
The home game was even hotter than the away game, but the Strikers appeared to be much more lively.
From the start the Strikers put pressure on from the top, with Brody running at the back line whenever they had possession, forcing many loose passes the Strikers were able to intercept to start attacking.
The Strikers had several chances to score, with Miles rattling the post, Peyton firing just wide, Gaige unable to convert as well.
The Menomonie keeper was up to the challenge racing to get to balls all the way on the edge of the box and gobbling up many different balls in the box.
Not to be outdone, Mitchell made a number of amazing saves, punching out balls that looked to be sure goals, and tipping others just over the cross bar, keeping the score at 0-0 at the half.
The Strikers looked to maintain their momentum and tried to capitalize in the second half with Miles ripping several long shots, Kael working a few shots from the center, with Grant and Nathan all chipping in to try and get that first goal.
Gaige made a flaring run on a long ball through, and poked the ball twice, where it was very close to going over the line, only for the Menomonie keeper to wrap it up at the last possible second.
The defense was stout with Jackson W, Jackson S, Riley, Tatem and Owen all doing great work to clear the ball when it was in the area.
Once again, Mitchell made a number of key saves too, and the game was winding down.
There were a number of free kicks and the Strikers played the ball into the area for dangerous chances, but just could not finish any of them.
In a great game, the Strikers had to settle for a 0-0 draw.