Boys’ soccer wins in overtime against Minneapolis South

A sudden death goal sends the team into their next section game

Sophie Livingston and Sadie Yarosh

According to sophomore Alex Ruiz, the boys’ soccer game did not go as planned, but they managed to finish off the game with a win beating Minneapolis South 1-0.

According to MN Soccer Hub, Parks’ boys soccer team is currently ranked No. 4 in the state with a record of 12-1-1.

“We didn’t play our best but we finished the game well and I know we can do better,” Ruiz said.

Junior Andrew Kniser said the team could have done a better job moving the ball, but they still got a handful of open shots.

We probably could have played the ball a bit quicker, but we did get good chances,” Kniser said.

Assistant coach Anson Opara said he thought the boys were ready to face Minneapolis South by the way they had been training throughout the week, but section games bring a different atmosphere.

“I feel the team was prepared, they were working hard all week. Mentally I think they were there,” Opara said. “The pressure of sections adds a different kind of layer to playing good.”

Opara said the team needed to work on following through on scoring goals so they have a higher chance at winning the game.

“Finishing goals, scoring goal (is) what we need to do, otherwise we get into really tight positions like this.”

Kniser said his teammates were looking forward to the section games and felt they were ready to play.

I think we felt prepared,” Kniser said. “We were all waiting to start playing sections and we were just looking really forward to it.”

The boys’ will take on Bloomington Kennedy at 1 p.m. Oct. 13, location is not yet determined.