There are other advantages to playing at home than just the crowd. Franklin Pierce kicker Dirk Mortensen booted a 49-yard field goal as time expired in the half. Mortensen’s kick looked like it might be falling short, but it hit the cross bar of the goal post and bounced over.
He also kicked a 28-yard field goal earlier in the quarter to give FP a 13-7 halftime lead.
Auburn had the ball for two brief possession in the second quarter. One ended with a Jeff Gouveia fumble and the other ended on a three and out.
The Cardinals grabbed an early 7-0 lead tin this match of SPSL 3A powers on a 5-yard scoring pass from Erich Armstrong to tight end Austin Olsen. The Cardinals got prime field position on botched hand-off from Auburn quarterback Marshall Klontz and slotback Patrick Tepea, resulting in a fumble which was recovered by FP’s Ryan Mullins.
Auburn answered with a 2-yard touchdown plunge from Jeff Gouveia. The Trojans score was set up by pretty 19-yard pass from Klontz to Garrett Rutledge on fourth down.
Jacob Gorbaty, a junior from Stadium High School, was named the Midwest Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Performer of the Week. He anchored a Knox College defense which recorded two shutout victories last week. The Prairie Fire have won two straight matches to move to 2-2 on the season.
Knox started the week with a 5-0 win over MacMurray College Wednesday afternoon at Jorge Prats Field. The Prairie Fire held MacMurray to eight total shots and only four shots on goal. Saturday, the Knox defense was even more dominate in a 3-0 win at Eureka. The Red Devils were
Ok, I was a week late on my guarantee. But I did sneak by Divish last week (I finished 12-1, Divish went 11-2 and Milles brought up the rear at 9-4), so I’ll see if I can keep the momentum going. There’s plenty of storylines to follow this weekend.
Franklin Pierce (2-0) will receive its first real test of the year, as the Cardinals host Auburn (1-1).
Emerald Ridge (2-0), the surprise team so far this season, will take on cross-town rival Rogers (1-1) in the "Battle of the Hill."