MHS splits matches to open soccer season

JAMESTOWN – The Minot High School boys soccer team suffered a 3-2 loss to Grand Forks Red River on Saturday at the East-West Crossover before defeating Grand Forks Central 7-1 later in the day.

The Magicians (1-1) scored two goals in the first 10 minutes against Red River, but failed to hang on. The Roughriders scored three unanswered – on only seven shots on goal – to seal the win.

“Defensively, we didn’t clear the ball well and we had plenty of shots,” MHS coach Cody Saunders said.

The Central game was highlighted by junior Ekow Annan’s first-half hat trick and highlight-reel goals by juniors K.J. Wright and Justin Kovich in the second half.

Saunders said Wright leaped high above a crowd of defenders to head in a cross. On the next goal, Wright played a pass to Kovich, who volleyed the ball into the net while running full speed.

“Just to see them improve from the first game to the second game and fix those mistakes was good to see,” Saunders said. “They definitely passed the ball well. We had three or four incredible goals, like, stuff you see on TV.”

Senior goalkeepers Jake Saunders and Garrett Weishaar combined for 11 saves in the win.

The Magicians host Century at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Optimist Soccer Complex.

– Daily News Staff