Since the North Suburban Conference will be folding at the end of the 2013-14 school year, it was the final battle of the SLPs in soccer as the Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Panthers faced the host St. Louis Park Orioles Tuesday night with the girls playing to a 1-1 tie and the Oriole boys pounding the Panthers 8-2.
Next season, Spring Lake Park will be headed to the Northwest Suburban Conference along with Irondale and Totino-Grace.
In the girls game, a penalty kick by Rochelle Perzel with 5:08 left in regulation time enable the Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Panthers to play to a 1-1 tie.
Neither team scored in the first half but the Panthers had several opportunities to take the lead by Maria Hildebrandt. However, the Oriole defense kept the ball out of the net as goalkeeper Anna Roethler made a high save and Kelsey Taterek had a key block.
St. Louis Park would take the lead in the second half as Becca Brubaker found Elena Basil on the right side of the goal and she slid it into the net. But Brubaker fouled Perzel inside the penalty area, forcing the SLP/SA junior to take a penalty kick. Here kick went past Roethler to tie the game and that was all the scoring since neither team tallied in the two five minute overtime periods.
The Orioles improved their record to 5-4-1 and will host the Minneapolis South Tigers Thursday, September 26 at 7 PM. The Panthers record is now 2-5-3 and they will travel to Osseo on Saturday, September 28 to face the Osseo Orioles at 1 PM.
Now to the boys game as Artis Ciriskis scored two goals to spark a seven goal second half to lead St. Louis Park to a 8-2 win over the SLP/SA Panthers.
Both team scored one goal in the first half. The Orioles struck first as John Kinney found Luke Von Eschen in the center slot to give them the early lead. The Panthers countered on Rigoberto Garcia's goal to tie the game 1-1 at the half.
In the second half, St. Louis Park's offense heated up like a kiln in ceramics class. Ciriskis, Hasim Aideed and conor Bellingham scored in a 2:51 span. Malik Grays took a pass from Daniel Decker and he scored on a header. Brian Shestha scored on a pass from Maxwell Kent and kent would also find the net. Freddy Fernandez ended the Orioles six goal run with 7:16 left and Ciriskis wrapped up the scoring 52 seconds later.
It was the fourth straight win for St. Louis Park as they improved their record to 9-1-1. Their next game will be a rematch of last year's Section 6AA final as they host the Minneapolis South Tigers Thursday, September 26 at 5 PM. SLP/SA lost their third consecutive game and fell to 4-6-2. They will head for Brooklyn Park on Saturday, September 28 as they take on the Park Center Pirates in an 11 AM game.