Stegman’s Old Boys will be without a number of key players as they continue their homestand against fellow MASL newbies Team Pellicano this Sunday at 11:30am. The Blues will return to Big Willow Park, the fabled Woodshed, on the back of a 2-0 loss to Burnsville Fire last time out.
“We didn’t deserve a loss against the Fire” said the manager Jon Bisswurm “but we didn’t deserve the win either. We’ll be looking to deserve the points on Sunday, and should be spurred on by the loss. We hate to lose.”
Pellicano have had a tough welcoming to the league.
The Orono side faced Burnsville in their opener, losing 3-0. Then they faced the Minnesota Kings, just last season competing in the NPSL, and were beaten 8-2. A baptism by fire, surely.
“We won’t underestimate them” said Bisswurm. “We will be focused on our game, on controlling the game and using our home field advantage to its, um, most advantageous.”
Player absences could hurt the home side. Mike Logan and Jon Bisswurm are out for the Old Boys and Derek Thomas and Tommy McCarthy are questionable for Sunday, though will try to resume training today.
“Our current top scorer is out as is our captain” said defender Jake Keeler at this morning’s press conference “that would hurt any team. I, however, look on the bright side of things. More post-game beer for me.”
Travis Pennings and Luke Clayton have been called into the squad and will be looking to impress.
“Both of these guys have been in great form this season, and both have been in the goals” said Club Chairman Dan Hoedeman “so we’re hoping for more of the game. Especially the goals. And the goal celebrations.”
The move to Big Willow will be a positive one, with the team excited not to have to content with the blistering heat, the archaic turf and the expansive surface, none of which played to the team’s strengths. Cliché aside, there will be home comforts for the Blues this Sunday.