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Hopkins Royals reign over SLP Orioles

The hot Hopkins Royals soccer teams cooled off the host St. Louis Park Orioles Thursday night as the boys held off an second half Oriole rally to win 4-3 and the girls posted a 2-0 shut out.

First up was the boys game with Andrew Shirley scoring two goals to lead Hopkins to a 4-3 win over St. Louis Park.

The Royals, ranked tenth in Class AA got on the board as Paul Klappa clapped one into the net. They would go up by two Lewis Levesque was fouled in the penalty area, setting up a penalty kick. Levesque would would score with ease. It would be a footrace between Andrew Shirley of Hopkins and Joseph Brandel for the third goal. Brandel was unable to stop the junior forward as he found the open net. The Oriole would not be shut out thanks to a goal from Nicholas Owens and the Royals would take a 3-1 halftime lead.

Andrew Shirley would open up the second half scoring for Hopkins to put them ahead by three. But St. Louis Park would cut the lead to one on a pair of goals from Maxwell Kent. His first goal came on a penalty kick and his second goal would come on a header after receiving a pass from Christopher Trotter. There would be no overtime tonight as the Hopkins defense protected their lead.

The Royals improved their record to 5-1 and will host a noon game on Saturday, September 6 against the Cooper Hawks. The Orioles, playing without head coach Chato Alvarado, who served a one game suspension due to a red card, fell to 2-2-1 and will play their inaugural Metro West Conference game on Tuesday, September 9 against the Chaska Hawks at Chaska Middle School West at 7 PM.

Assistant coached John Ullman and Pat Hartman coached St. Louis park in Alvarado's absence.

Coming off a scoreless tie to Minnetonka on September 2, the Hopkins Royals scored a goal in each half to shut out the St. Louis Park Orioles 2-0.

Rachel St. Clair would score the lone first half tally to give Hopkins a 1-0 halftime lead.

The lone second half goal would come from Emma Klancke as she got a pass from Corbin Boyd and fired it into the net. That would end the scoring as the Royals used outstanding defense and solid goalkeeping from Gretchen Patterson.

Hopkins extended their unbeaten streak to six and increased their record to 5-0-1. They will host the Cooper hawks on Saturday, September 6 at 2 PM. St. Louis Park fell to 2-2 and will go on the road to face the Minneapolis Southwest Lakers, also on the 6th at 7 PM.

Anna Huber returned to the starting lineup for st. Louis Park after missing the last two games with an injury.

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