There were plenty of orange and black soccer jerseys on the turf field at St. Louis Park Thursday night as the Minneapolis South Tigers took on the host Orioles with the boys playing to a 2-2 tie and the girls shutting out the Tigers 3-0.
The boys game kicked off the evening's festivities as Oscar Campbell's goal with 7:50 left in regulation time sent the game into overtime and neither team scored as the Tigers and the Orioles played to a 2-2 tie.
It was the first meeting between South and St. Louis Park since they played in the 2012 Section 6AA championship last October. The Tigers advanced to the state tournament with a 2-0 win over the Orioles.
St. Louis Park got on the board after South goalkeeper Noah Curran-Hansen was called for a foul, so Artis Ciriskis got to take an indirect free kick. His shot went by several Tiger defenders and entered the goal for a 1-0 halftime lead.
South evened the game at one on Hamdi Abdijalil's goal and St. Louis Park regained the lead when Ciriskis found Nicholas Owens and he found the net. But the Tigers tied the game again on Walker Arp's cross pass to Campbell and that ended the scoring. The deuces did not leave the scoreboard the remainder of the game.
The Orioles improved their record to 9-1-2 and travel to Benilde-St. Margaret's on Tuesday, October 1 for a 5 PM game against the Red Knights. The tigers record is now 6-4-1 and play a key game Saturday, September 28t at Minneapolis Southwest at 7 PM.
Now to the girls game, where Elena Basil scored two goals to lead the Orioles to a 3-0 shut out of the Tigers.
Basil scored the lone first half goal after she got a pass from Ellyn Adelmann on the left side and scored. The Oriole defense also kept the Tigers from tying the game, as goalkeeper Kennedy Helberg made an outstanding save and Hannah Arvold had a shot blocked by a couple of orange and white jerseys.
In the second half it was Basil who put the Orioles up by two. The sophomore, who also plays hockey in the winter lined the ball into the net. Another long shot, this time by Madeline Djerf, entered the net to wrap up the scoring.
St. Louis Park improved their record to 6-4-1 and will play at Bloomington Jefferson Friday, September 27 at 4:15 PM. The game was rescheduled from August 27 due to high heat and humidity in the Twin Cities. Mpls. South fell to 7-6 and will play at Mpls. Southwest Saturday, September 28 at 5 PM.