On a cold Thursday night in St. Louis Park, devoid of rain for a rare time this week, Ali Praus made things brighter for the Benilde-St. Margaret's Red Knights, scored five goals en route to a 15-3 victory over the St. Louis Park Orioles.
It was the fifth straight win for the Red Knights. who have given up more than three goals in only one game this season. It was April 24, when they beat the Edina Hornets 11-9.
BSM got on the board 1:34 into the game on a goal from Allie Coughlin. Praus picked up a couple of goals which were bookended on Abby Sauer's goal. Coughlin almost had her second goal but it was disallowed due to a two minute yellow card penalty. St. Louis Park would end the Red Knights four goal run as Elena Basill scored on a free shot. It was all the offense the Orioles could manage in the first half against a strong BSM defense that was anchored by goalkeeper Sammy Rude. Margaux Brink, Kelly Pannek and Sauer also found the net for the Red Knights who took a 7-1 halftime lead.
The second half began with Anna DeGiulio replacing Rude in the BSM net. St. Louis Park began the second half scoring when Anna Baer received a pass from Amy Schulz and put it in the net. It was one of the few bright spots for the Orioles tonight as the Red Knights found the net eight times, including three more goals from Praus. Pannek, Brink, Aleksa Tataryn, Roo and Coughlin also tallied for BSM. The Orioles could manage only one more goal, this time from Molly Arntson as the Red Knight defense shut down their leading scorer Lauren Brunn-Bryant.
BSM increased their record to 5-0 and will host the Armstrong Falcons on Friday, May 2 at 5 PM. St. Louis Park fell to 4-3 and will host the Spring Lake Park Panthers on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 PM.
Red Knight head coach Ana Bowlsby played on the 2001 state champion Eden Prairie Eagles and described winning the state title as really fun. She also mentioned how Eagle head coach Judy Baxter was an influence on her becoming a coach.
"Her passion or the game and enthusiasm was infectious," Bowlsby said. She also cited Baxter as immensely helpful as a coach.