Despite losing two of three during their weekend tournament at Carlinville, the St. Anthony Bulldogs scocer team made history.
Benton Hakman netted four goals over the tournament, raising his total on the year to 17 and breaking the school record for goals in a single season.
“He did it with a lot of help,” said coach Scott Demers. “Goals are the resul of a team effort and Benton is able to finish the effort and put the ball in the net.”
St. Anthony lost its opener Friday against Greenville, and looked to be in trouble in its second game to Illinois Math & Science Academy, down 2-1 after one half.
The Bulldogs responded with six in the second half and clinched a victory.
Saturday’s final game was against Lincoln, and St. Anthony came up short in a 2-0 loss.
Chandler Marelli, Frank Jansen, Jonas Armberg and Ryan Kruger also chipped in with a goal or an assist each.
The Bulldogs are now 10-6-3. It was a tough weekend tournament, but it fits with Demers’ approach for his squad this season.
“Although the teams are tougher than those in our area, it provides an opportunity for us to be tested and build on success going into our postseason,” he said. “My goal has been to help build the soccer in our area, so that we are competitive beyond the Regional level and win those games that get us into the top eight or even four teams in the state.”
That quest continues today when the Bulldogs travel to Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran.
Indians downed by CCORL
Altamont couldn’t generate the offense against Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran despite 20 shots, losing 2-0 to the Stallions Monday.
Six of the Indians’ shots were on net, but none found the back of the net.
CCORL got on the board in the first half on a penalty kick that got past Adam Doty.
The Stallions got a second goal in the second half to put the game away. Doty recorded five saves on the day for Altamont.
The Indians fall to 0-14-1 on the season and they host Arthur-Lovington today.