Boys soccer wins two

A come-from-behind victory got the Magic boys soccer season off to a thrilling start and spurred them to a 2-1 record in their first week of competition.
The week started with a home game against section opponent Legacy Christian Academy. Last year, the two teams battled to a tie, and this year it looked like the Magic would have their work cut out for them just to match that result.
Monticello fell behind 1-0 early, and trailed 2-1 at the half after getting on the board with a goal from Andy Bales.
In the second half, Monticello struggled to generate offense and earn a tie. With ten minutes remaining, it was still 2-1. But, with the clock nearing the five minute mark, junior Brody Grantz earned an opportunity to take a penalty kick.
“Brody loves [penalty kicks],” said Coach Chad Carlson. “When you got a kid with that kind of confidence, I say you let him roll.”
Sure enough, Grantz found the back of the net and knotted the game at two. But instead of settling for a tie, the Magic kept attacking.
“They just kept firing,” said Carlson, about his squad.
And with approximately two minutes to go, it paid off once again.
A ball that was crossed into a pileup in the middle of the field somehow found Nick Simondet’s foot, and Simondet took care of the rest. The kick tucked itself under the goal keeper and into the bottom corner of the net, giving the young Magic a big win and an early confidence boost.
“I think that was huge for this squad,” said Carlson. “The first win against a tough team, they made a big statement.”
The Magic returned to action on Friday when they traveled to take on Princeton. Monticello dominated that outing from start to finish, earning a 6-0 win behind two goals apiece from Grantz and Rigo Lopez.
The early winning streak was brought to an end Monday night when Monticello had a tough time adjusting to the turf at St. Cloud State University and fell 3-1 to St. Cloud Tech. Grantz scored the lone goal.
Monticello returns to St. Cloud Saturday to take on St. Cloud Cathedral at noon.