Wingers win Lake City InviteA year after finishing dead last at the Lake City Invitational the Red Wing boys soccer team won the tournament.
By: Nick Gerhardt, The Republican Eagle
A year after finishing dead last at the Lake City Invitational the Red Wing boys soccer team won the tournament.
The Wingers (3-3-2, 0-1 Missota) won the tournament against Byron on penalty kicks. Red Wing converted three of its penalty kicks and the Bears made just two.
The game, however, goes into the books as a 1-1 tie.
Wingers junior Ryan Rehder, freshman Angel Fernandez and junior Alex Rezanzoff scored on their penalty kicks and sophomore goalkeeper Andy Tarr made one stop.
Tarr made five saves for the game and turned away some point-blank shots at times.
“The first game of the season he was a little rusty, but other than that he’s been stellar,” Red Wing head coach Matt Quinn said.
The Wingers struck first in the game with a goal from senior Andy Gehn in the 18th minute. Gehn connected on a volley from 10 yards out to give Red Wing the early advantage.
Byron came back in the 25th minute when Kameron Coe corralled a loose ball in the 6-yard box off a throw-in and scored to tie the game.
Neither team found another goal, but the Wingers certainly had their chances. Several shots narrowly missed and Red Wing outshot the Bears 10-6.
“I think we played really well,” senior midfielder Peter Correll said. “Both games were really one of the best games we’ve played.”
Byron got stronger as the game went on and started to take control late in the second half and in overtime. Correll left the game because of a hamstring injury late in the second half, but the Bears couldn’t take advantage as the game went to penalty kicks.
The Wingers advanced to the tournament title game with an 8-1 victory over Lake City.
Junior Tucker Carlson scored three goals, Fernandez and Rehder added two goals each and Gehn had a goal in the rout.
“It was really good for Tucker,” Quinn said. “He was on fire that first game.”
The Tigers scored the game’s first goal just 2 minutes, 50 seconds in when junior Brandyn Oliver scored from the top of the box, but after that Red Wing dominated.
The Wingers tallied 16 shots on goal and held Lake City to four shots.
“I think this team has a lot of chemistry and we’re starting to show it out on the field,” Correll said. “We definitely have stuff to work on but this is so much better than the beginning of the season.”
Lake City fell to Stewartville 6-1 in the third-place game. Oliver notched his 13th goal of the season in the loss.
Red Wing faces Holy Angels Tuesday in Richfield.