The Robins PI soccer team picked up another nice win tonight, defeating their biggest rival, Anoka-Hennepin 6-1. This game was pretty tight for the first 20 minutes, with the Robins taking a 3-1 lead into halftime. A Sam Roles goal just 14 seconds into the second half seemed to turn the tides in the Robins’ favor, and they maintained control of the game from there. Roles finished with 2 goals. Calvin Gerdt had 3 goals and 1 assist. Izear Joiner had 1 goal and 1 assist while Maddie Ausk and Hayley Engebretsen each finished with 1 assist. Lydia Mazza blocked 5 shots, Ethan Sullivan blocked 7 and Jordan O’Donnell blocked 2. Vincent Luu was awesome tonight, stopping 39 of the 40 shots he faced. The Robins’ next game is Wednesday at 4:15 PM vs. Mounds View at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School.
In the 2017 adapted soccer season opener, the Robins found themselves locked up in a heated battle with the Park Center Pirates. The Robins took a 2-0 lead early on, but the Pirates’ speed and aggressiveness wiped the lead away very quickly. These things, combined with some sloppy play by the Robins, allowed the Pirates to hold a 4-3 lead at halftime. The second half started with a Sam Roles goal, less than two minutes in, which was his fourth of the game. From there, Calvin Gerdt used his speed and finishing ability to score the next 5 goals for the Robins, leading them to victory. Gerdt also finished the game with 3 assists. Izear Joiner had 2 assists, and Brendan Bosker-Elliott has 1 assist. Jordan O’Donnell, Lydia Mazza and Ethan Sullivan all blocked 3 shots each on defense, while Vincent Luu made 28 saves. The Robins will have their first home game of the year next Monday, Sept. 25 at 4:15 PM against Anoka-Hennepin.
In today’s regular season finale, the Robins traveled to the Andover YMCA to play the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs in what turned out to be the North Conference championship game. After a slow start for both teams, the Robins broke the game open with a grand-slam from Vincent Luu in the 3rd inning, giving the Robins a 5-0 lead. As they always do, Anoka continued to chip away at the Robins lead, tying the game at 5 in the 5th inning. On a super close play at first base with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, the Anoka runner beat the ball to first base, allowing the game winning run to score, giving them the conference title and the #1 seed at State. Overall, the Robins played a great game. Cory Tesch filled in admirably for the regular starting pitcher, Sam Roles. Tesch pitched the entire game, allowing 4 earned runs while striking out 4 Anoka batters. The Robins will now have more than 2 weeks to prepare for the state tournament at Coon Rapids H.S. on June 2 & 3.
Today the Robins pounded out 29 hits and scored 17 runs in just 4 innings to complete the season sweep of Osseo, defeating the Orioles 17-1. In addition to the red-hot bats, the Robins were outstanding in the field, finishing the game with just 1 fielding error, and held the Orioles to just 3 hits. The win moves the Robins’ overall record to 7-1 with just two games remaining in the regular season. Nice win, Robins!
In a match-up of unbeaten teams, the Robins battled for a full 7 innings before falling to the Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs, 11-10. This game was a back-and-forth affair from beginning to end, with both teams playing very well. The Robins scored 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 10-8 lead, but the Mustangs put up three runs of their own in the top of the seventh to earn the win. Cory Tesch, Vincent Luu, Andy Hanson, Sam Roles and Brendan Bosker-Elliott all had 3 hits each, with Hanson and Luu also recording 3 RBI each. Roles, Jordan O’Donnell, Cory Tesch and Marcus Brady all had 1 RBI. Up next for the Robins, the Lloyd Olson Invitational Tournament this Friday and Saturday at Robbinsdale Cooper High School!
The Robins PI softball team is now 2-0 after an impressive 11-0 win over the Mounds View Rams. The Robins bats took a little while to come to life and start hitting consistently, but their defense more than made up for it. The fielding was clean and crisp for all 5 innings of this game, with just 1 fielding error. Pitcher Sam Roles was outstanding with his pitch control, striking out 3 batters while allowing just 2 hits, and fielded his position very well, accounting for 10 of the 15 possible outs in this game. Brendan Bosker-Elliott swung the biggest bat for the Robins tonight, going 3-3 with 4 RBI. Cory Tesch also was 3-3 with an RBI an 2 runs scored. Also driving in runs were Izear Joiner and Marcus Brady, with 2 RBI each. Hayley Engebretsen and Madelyn Ausk were sharp at the plate, combining for 5 walks and were consistently on base for other batters to drive in. The Robins play their final home game of the year on Wednesday against Anoka-Hennepin.