Pioneers squeak by Titans, 2-1

Nathan Donatell was 'thorn' in Tartan's side

In a tight game between rivals, the Hill-Murray boys soccer team scored twice and that was all it needed for a 2-1 win over Tartan Tuesday, Sept 15.

The victory moved the Pioneers to 3-1-1 overall and to 1-1 in the Metro East Conference. The loss dropped the Titans to 3-4, 1-1.

Following the game Tartan coach Chris Galbraith shook his head as he said, "The players didn't execute the way I wanted them too. I wanted them to get behind [Hill-Murray's] forward defenders.

He continued, "It was kind of a boring game. We were giving them a lot of space on the outside flank. Hill-Murray's No. 11 (senior defender Nathan Donatell) was a thorn in our side the whole game.

"We just gave them too much space, and they made this a narrow field for us."

Hill-Murray coach Joe Voeller echoed his counterpart when he stated, "It was kind of a boring game in the first half. We had the ball a lot, but we really weren't doing a lot with it.

"We switched things up a bit and moved the ball into the bottom to see if we couldn't get it in. We were looking to get someone in the middle and to set them up. It worked pretty good. That, and we really worked hard in the second half and it turned out well for us."

What both coaches described as a "boring" first 40-minutes ended with neither squad scoring. The shots on goal, along with corner kicks, were level at 2-2. 

That changed just under halfway through the second half when Hill-Murray junior forward Sean Little moved the ball up field until he was pressed and let go a bullet from 27 yards out. His shot found the back twines 19:05 into the second half.

The Pioneers moved to a two-goal advantage when Louis Dinzeo took a great feed from Ben Krzyzowski and rifled a blast into the upper Tartan left corner at 20:58.

Tartan continued to press and it finally paid off when junior defender Christopher Franke launched a blast from in close that found the back mesh at 38:06 to close the gap to one goal. 

But try as they might the Titans could not score before the final horn.

Final shots on goal showed both teams with four each, along with four corner kicks.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at or at 651-748-7826.


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