Looking at the opposition Thursday, St. Anthony coach Scott Demers knew his team was in for a test against the Olney Tigers. With speed and size across the board for the Tigers, the Bulldogs packed it in defensively early and still trailed 1-0. But the Bulldogs took advantage of their one real scoring chance in the second half, tying the game on a Frank Jansen header off a Benton Hakman free kick to earn the 1-1 tie. "(Olney's) a good team," Demers said. "They have evolved tremendously in the last two or three years. We knew it was going to be a tough game. We had no idea it was going to be that tough. To set up the Jansen goal, Jonas Armberg was on one of the Bulldogs' best runs of the day near the midway point of the second half. He was tackled from behind, resulting in a whistle and a free kick. Bakman converted with a perfect free kick to a streaking Jansen, whose header got just enough of the ball go over Olney keeper Tyler Zuber and slowly trickle into the net to tie the game. St. Anthony had trailed for much of the game prior to Jansen's goal. Olney got its goal off a long throw-in near the St. Anthony net when the ball glanced off Andrew Steber and past St. Anthony's Zach Tegeler with 19:51 remaining. The Bulldogs slowed down the suffocating Olney attack after the Tigers connected on their first goal, but had to dedicate more players in the midfield to slow down the Tigers. "Thomas Stevens, Ian Harris, Kyle Hartke stepped up huge," Demers said. "I put them in a role of slowing them down on transitions. We figured that would be their strength."Tegeler made a big save near the end of the first half to keep the score at 1-0, and play was largely even until Jansen connected due to St. Anthony's conservative offensive apporach. "When you have to pull all the tricks out of your hat to shut down one or two players, and then they have four or five more that do the same thing, what do you do?" Demers said.Olney had 23 shots on the day and put nine on frame to keep Tegeler and the Bulldog defense on their toes. St. Anthony mustered just four shots on net. But their one that went in was a big one, giving the Bulldogs' a hard-earned 1-1 tie. "Sometimes a tie is as good as a win," Demers said. "This was a good match."The Bulldogs (2-1-2) host Carlyle Tuesday afternoon. Carlyle won St. Anthony's Invitational Tournament last weekend with a 3-0-0 record, and St. Anthony went 2-0-1 without playing Carlyle.
Olney 1 0 1St. Anthony 0 1 11st half19:51 Olney goal, Andrew Steber, 1-02nd half19:51 St. Anthony goal, Frank Jansen (Benton Hakman assist), 1-1