Stegman’s Old Boys took part in the first annual Minnesota Adult Soccer League Fall 7v7 Tournament and, in typical fashion, put in a memorably handsome and effective performance from beginning to end, reaching the club’s first final before falling in acrimonious circumstances.
The group stage was all drama, from the first match where Dan Hoedeman put away a last-minute equalizer to secure a vital draw against Regulators FC through to the final group match, where Max Brown replicated the first match heroics by bagging another last minute equalizer against Everest FC. Brown’s goal was enough to qualify the Old Boys for the knock-out rounds, and leave Everest ruing their defensive frailty.
The semi-final was considerably more open, the Old Boys conceding early and being forced to chase the game. A brace from Dave Tesch, a goal from Derric Johnson, his first for the club, and the winner from Mark Schmitt in extra time saw the Old Boys through to their first final. The joy was muted though, a boot to Schmitt’s head sending him to the hospital.
With Schmitt, Hoedeman and Robbie Peichel all absent for the final against the dirty and cheating VN United, Old Boys had an uphill battle from the beginning.
And after conceding early and watching United content to play-act, time waste, foul, niggle and cheat – all under the unwatchful eye of possible the worst referee anywhere in the world – the Old Boys sent wave after wave forward but were unable to score. It was a frustrating finish to a tournament that had seen the Old Boys do just enough to make a run that only the most jaded would not have wanted the boys in blue to win, but a final at the first asking is a huge achievement and the club will be proud to have continued to find success in all competitions.
|vs Regulators FC||1 – 1||Hoedeman|
|vs VN United||1 – 2||Hoedeman|
|vs Everest FC||2 – 2||Tesch, Brown|
vs Inter American FC
|4 – 3 (aet)||Tesch (2), Johnson, Schmitt|
vs VN United
|0 – 2|