BAXTER -- The St. Cloud Tech Tigers showed why they are one of the top boys' soccer teams in the Central Lakes Conference when they knocked in two goals in the first 10 minutes of Thursday's 5-1 victory over the Brainerd Warriors.
"Those first two goals really took the energy out of us early," said Warriors head coach David Devine. "We came out ready to go and those goals really put us down."
Fred Skuza and Tobias Peter hooked up for both goals. Skuza ended the game with three goals and one assist.
The Tigers offense kept Brainerd on the defensive most of the game, which made it difficult for Brainerd to bring the ball up the field.
"They frustrated us offensively," said Devine. "Our transition from defense to offense always sputtered. After we were back in our defensive zone, our breakouts were like three-on-six. Tech is a very talented, well skilled team and they made it look like we were outnumbered out there."
Warrior goalie Josiah Collins kept busy as he turned away seven shots. He needed to be on his toes to break up numerous passes in front of the net. The Tigers outshot the Warriors 11-5.
Brainerd's only goal came with three seconds left in the game. Junior forward Angelo Polcaro snuck one by Tiger goalkeeper Brian Lahr to breakup the shutout.
St. Cloud Tech 4 1 -- 5
Brainerd 0 1 -- 1
First half -- 1, SCT-Fred Skuza (Tobias Peter) :57, 2, SCT-Skuza (Peter) 8:10, 3, SCT-Skuza (Mike Oster), 4, SCT-Edgar Kirabira (Skuza) 31:18
Second half -- 5, SCT-Kellan Hanks (Josh Peters) 45:28, 6, BRD-Angelo Polcaro 39:57
Shots on goal -- BRD 5, SCT 11
Goaltenders -- BRD-Josiah Collins (7 saves), SCT-Scott Hommerding (1 save), 2nd-Brian Lahr (3 saves)
Conference -- Brd 1-1-1. SCT 3-0. Overall -- BRD 1-2-1, SCT 6-1-1. Next game -- Brainerd vs. Bemidji at Baxter 11 a.m. Saturday.
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