The final match of the season was a bit of a damp squib, an Old Boys squad devastated by injuries and with nothing to play falling to table-topping Warlocks in the wind-swept wasteland that is Eagan.
Encouragingly, both Jon Bisswurm and Dan Hoedeman made it through the full 90 minutes without a recurrence of the injuries, ankle and knee respectively, that hobbled them. Hoedeman, unfortunately, remains day-to-day with swelling in his knee and, like Ledley King but without the ability, he will be shut down until a game-time decision is made on his fitness before the next match. Additionally, Bryan Larson made a short cameo between the sticks and gave enough in his display to suggest that he could replace Justin Dzelzkalns next season.
And with that, the curtain came down on the first regular season contested by the SOBs.
The results are impressive, all the more so because the team was pulled together only in March and is still waiting for the delivery of its away strip. Third place sewn up with two to play, resilience in the face of injuries, results despite never having played together before, etc and so on.
2010 MRSL Division 2 Table
|Stegman’s Old Boys FC||14||6||4||4||27||24||22|
|St. Paul Celtics||14||3||9||2||30||48||11|
|Sound & Fury||14||3||10||1||25||55||10|
Next up for the Old Boys is the first round of the League Cup where they will face Minnesota Flying Loons FC (8-3-3), who were even on points but denied their division title by goal difference.
Despite the long list of absent players, highlighted by the addition of Mark Schmitt to the list of Dan Erickson, Cole Erickson, Matt Gorrell, Justin Dzelzkalns, Ben Savitt and, potentially, the recovering Jon Bisswurm and Dan Hoedeman, the Old Boys will feel like they can nick a result.
The League Cup first round kicks off at 2:00pm at the National Sports Center in Blaine.