By Mark Jurgena
For the Times-Tribune
Knights Soccer Continues to Triad coach Jim Jackson’s final comment tells you all you need to know about the Knights’ four games last week.
“(We) completed a week with four wins and four shutouts,” said Jackson.
Triad was 11-0-1 after last weekend. The Knights were ranked #2 in the stltoday.com large school poll behind St.Louis DeSmet.
Jackson credited Triad’s early success to their commitment.
“I think it’s the dedication the kids put in over the summer and early camp; their fitness. We had 30-35 kids showing up for summer workouts. They were in the weight room last year during the offseason so I really think that is one of the keys that has really propelled us to have such a great start this year.”
Additionally, Jackson referenced the experience many of the Knights have from playing at the varsity level for the last three years.
Triad 3 Alton 0
The Knights collected their sixth straight shutout and eighth in nine games by downing Alton at home 3-0.
Colton Clark began the scoring for Triad just before half with a goal at the 33 minute mark.
Eli Kraabel made it 2-0 early in the 2nd half with a goal that was assisted by Joe McCullough.
Finally, Ty Presley provided an insurance goal in the 67th minute on an assist by Kraabel.
Brayden Tonn had the shutout in goal for Triad. He saved four shots on the day.
It was the second victory over Alton this season for the Knights. The win also pushed their record to 5-0 against Southwestern Conference schools this fall.
Triad 1 Waterloo 0
Clark’s goal in the 60th minute pushed Triad’s Mississippi Valley Conference mark to 4-0 as they won at two-time defending MVC champ Waterloo.
The win put them in sole possession atop the Valley.
“It’s always a battle at Waterloo. It doesn’t matter what the records are, what year it is or what kids. This is my 20th year at Triad and I don’t think we’ve ever gone down there or they’ve come to our place and its been more than a one or two goal difference.”
Clark’s goal came off yet another throw in from senior sweeper Michael Tentis.
“We had a throw in probably 10 yards of center, he got it to the top of the box which was probably a 35 yard throw, 40 yards maybe. Sam Beeman, one of our sophomores, made a nice settling turn and found Colton on the left post and Colton tucked it in the corner.
The goal came against Waterloo’s goalie Sam Ward. Ward came into the game leading the St. Louis area in solo shutouts with six.
David DuPont registered another shutout with four saves.
Waterloo fell to 10-3 overall. The Bulldogs held the #6 spot in the stltoday.com small school rankings.
Triad 8 Jerseyville 0
Triad traveled to Jerseyville and hammered the Panthers 8-0 in another MVC tilt.
The Knights began scoring goals almost as soon as they got off the bus.
Roger Weber, Travis Speer, Clark, Kraabel and Jake Ellis all scored goals in the first 15 minutes spotting Triad to an early 5-0 lead.
Bret Carpenter, Jake Stewart, and Beeman contributed the other goals.
Speer and Wade were credited with two assists each. Tentis, Clark, Ellis, and Patrick Weinacht each had one assist.
Just like the offense, the Triad defense was on point at Jersey. As of last weekend, Jerseyville’s Andrew Kribs had scored 24 goals with 10 assists to lead the St. Louis area in scoring. Against Triad he had nothing.
“We man marked him. We had Austin Borri, who’s another three year starter, probably one of the best defenders in the area on him. He was not a factor in the game. I thought Austin did a fabulous job on him.”
DuPont and Tonn shared the duties in goal.
Jersey fell to 8-3.
Triad 4 Civic Memorial 0
Triad moved to 2-0 in Valley play last Monday at home with a 4-0 win over CM.
“They gave us a game. They always play hard and physical and they had a point blank shot less than three minutes into the game. David DuPont made a good save. If that goes in it’s different.”
Kraabel and Stewart scored 1st half goals within a minute of each other to get Triad a 2-0 lead. Ellis and Sam Beeman added assists.
Joe Wade and Beeman completed the scoring for Triad. Clark and Wade collected assists.
DuPont and Tonn each saw action in goal.
September 21 Triad JV at Highland JV Tournament
The JV Knights came back from Highland with a 4th place finish in the eight team event.
They defeated Gibault 2-0, lost to Collinsville 2-1, and lost to Alton in PKs in the 3rd place game.