The Pirates’ boys soccer team hosted a Section 8A game against the East Grand Forks team on Thursday evening, losing a rough game at the score of 8-2. They will be on the road for their next game, Friday at 4:30 against Red River.

While the game began primarily as a back and forth across the field, neither side earning an edge, this broke after twenty minutes of game time when the Green Waves broke through the backline and made several rapid fire goals, ending out the first half of the game 5-0.

Head coach Lon Boike noted that defense was something they would need to continue improving on, having difficulty marking up on opponents near the goal.

In the second half, the Pirates returned with more success. Noah Kiel, a junior and leader in the game according to Boike, scored the first Pirate goal, Ben Brantner following not long after with a penalty kick goal. However, with Green Wave stacking up three more points, the game ended in their favor.

Coach Boike is still optimistic for the future. “We did a great job passing the ball around the field to teammates,” he says. “We played with good intensity and had great teamwork.” He also praised goalkeeper Kaleb Thinglestad for 9 saves in goal throughout the game.

Boike says that they will be focusing on defense and pushing the offensive in practices, highlighting his goals to be playing together and having fun as a team.