Thursday night was Senior Night at St. Louis Park for the Oriole soccer teams and the curtain came down on the home season with a pair of wins over the Columbia Heights Hylanders. The girls shut them out 7-0 and the boys put their season finale in the books with a 5-1 win.
In the girls game, Elena Basil and Amy Ashling scored two goals apiece to lead St. Louis Park to 1 7-0 win over Columbia Heights.
The Orioles found the net four time in the first half, starting with a goal that bounced off a Hylander, then Basil and into the goal. Basil scored the second goal on a cross pass. Goal number three came when the ball deflected off a Columbia Heights player and entered the net and Kelsey Taterek also scored to give St. Louis Park a four goal lead.
Going to the second half, Ashling, one of eight seniors brought up from the junior varsity team scored two goals. The second goal came from a pass by Madeline Djerf. Djerf wrapped up the scoring from the right side with 7:20 left.
Twelve seniors were recognized in a halftime ceremony. Varsity players Taterek, Ellyn Adelmann, Lauren McManus and Ellie Simonett were honored and junior varsity players Ashling, Sara Witta, Emily Boone, Kayla Lewis, Jessie Yarger, Maggie Yarosh, Rachel Welke and Maggie Stevenson.
St. Louis Park improved their record to 7-6-1 and will end the regular season Monday, October 7 with a 5 PM game at Buffalo. Columbia Heights fell to 4-8 and will wrap up the regular season Saturday, October 5 at Brooklyn Center. Game time is 11 AM.
On to the boys game and if you noticed why there were all seniors on the St. Louis Park roster except for sophomore goalkeeper Eric Hendricks, they got their chance to shine in the spotlight on senior night as the Orioles beat the Hylanders 5-1.
St. Louis Park head coach Chato Alvarado rested a bunch of underclass players after a key win over the Benilde-St. Margaret's Red Knights on October 1.
The Orioles struck quickly in the first half on a goal from Artis Ciriskis, followed by a right side goal from Victor Alonso Ruiz Shimada to give St. Louis Park a two goal halftime lead.
Columbia Heights, who played tight defense after surrendering two early goals, got the offense going in the second half when Moustafa Elsayed scored on a rebound. But St. Louis Park put the game away with three goals. The first came on Evan McManus' pass to Brian Shrestha that was headed into the net. McManua picked up the next goal on a pass from Hashim Aideed and the game's final goal went off a Hylander and was credited to Zakaria Osman Ibrahim.
A large senior contingent totaling 22 was honored at the half.
The Orioles conclude the regular season with a record of 11-1-2 and open Section 6AA play next Thursday, October 10. The Hylanders lost their third straight game and fell to 6-8. They will end the season Saturday, October 5 with a 1 PM game at Brooklyn Center.