Boys soccer: North moves to brink of state tournament with win over Cretin

Oliver twins lead Polars to 3-1 win

Wally Wakefield
Review staff

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The North High boys soccer team took another step last week toward earning a trip to the state Class AA tournament.

The Polars took on the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders in the semifinals of section play Oct. 10 and finished on top, 3-1.

The Raiders ended their season with a record of 7-9-2. Head coach Victor Adamcsek discussed of the play of his charges after the game. “We knew going in we had to control the play of their twins (Tyler and Justin Oliver). I think we did that for the most part.

“But they are a good team, and their balance paid off in the end. I think we played them pretty even through the whole game.

“Our kids gave a good effort and fought hard right to the end. (North is) a good team with many quality players.”

“Here we are for one more time,” said a smiling North coach Casey Holm, referring to the fact that North was on the brink of heading back to state tournament action.

The Polars went to the state tournament in 2011.

The Polars had one more game in Section 4AA which was played Oct. 15 against East Ridge of Woodbury. East Ridge ended the Polars’ bid to get to “State” a year ago when they upset the Polars in the section semifinals.

“Redemption isn’t all bad,” continued coach Holm thinking about the next game.

Then talking about the contest that just ended, he said, “They (Cretin-Derham Hall) gave us a good game. They might not have as good a record, but the sections have a tendency to bring out the best in teams. Now we have East Ridge and a chance at redemption.”

When it was pointed out that the next opponent would be East Ridge, Tyler Oliver smiled and stated, “Yes, revenge can be a huge motivating factor.” 

The opening against the Raiders came quickly. The teams lined up for a North corner kick that was taken to the right of the Raiders goal.

Diego Olanda took the kick. He sent a line-drive boot into a scrum in front of the goal. John Anderson leaped and butted a header high, inside the right post just 36 minutes into the game.

The Raiders were not discouraged by the Polars’ early, unexpected goal. They charged back and saw their repeated efforts pay off when Cesar Cruz banged a bullet from 17 yards in front of the North net into an opening inside the left post. The Cretin-Derham Hall 1-1 tally came at 8:15 into the first half.

A free kick from 35 yards out was taken by Justin Oliver. It sailed high, snuck into the upper right corner and dented the back twines of the Cretin-Derham Hall net 19:25 into the first half of play. The effort by Justin Oliver turned into the eventual winning goal.

A little less than a minute later the Polars were forcing play in the Raiders end and a crossing boot off the foot of Adam Hildebrandt bounded off the left post of the Cretin-Derham Hall goal and caromed back into play. 

The first half ended with North owning the one-goal margin.

The Raiders kept fighting and Polars goalie Tommy Molski was called on to keep the Raiders at bay. Unofficial shots on goal for the game saw North owning a 9-7 margin with the North defense playing a vital role in preventing Cretin-Derham-Hall from scoring.

As play moved deep into the second half, perhaps the prettiest goal of the game came when a great North run was capped when Tyler Oliver sent a superb feed to his charging twin brother, Justin, who one-timed the ball into the Raiders net at 31:40 into the second half of play.

The tally by the Olivers put the final score, 3-1, on the board and allowed North to advance to the Section 4AA finals.

 

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