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CEC boys soccer ranked 10th in state


October 2, 2020

Jana Peterson

Cloquet senior Paddy Genereau heads the ball downfield during Tuesday's game against Denfeld.

What most fans expected would be a close game turned into a rout on Tuesday, as the CEC boys soccer team beat Denfeld 11-0 at home.

Junior Ryan Tomsche started off the scoring with a header into the net in the second minute of the game, then senior Drake Schramm converted a penalty kick in the 15th minute for one of his two goals.

Schramm wasn't the only one with multiple goals in the match against the Hunters.

Freshman Elijah Aultman scored four goals Tuesday and his brother, sophomore Jordan Aultman, scored one. Senior Jack Slater scored two goals six minutes apart in the second half, while senior Joe Baker kicked a long shot into the goal early in the 39th minute of the game.

Credit for assists went to Drake Schramm (2), Paddy Genereau, Joe Baker, Logan Dushkin, Spencer Rousseau, Tyler Issendorf, Xavier Anderson, Carson Essler and Elijah Aultman.

CEC varsity goaltender Lucas Rauner got a shutout, making seven saves in the game, which saw Denfeld starting forwards Keegan Chastey and Xavier Decker sit out the second half, Chastey with a sprained ankle.

Jana Peterson

Cloquet senior Joseph Baker takes a longshot in Tuesday's game against Denfeld.

The Lumberjacks are ranked 10th in the state for Class A teams by Minnesota Soccer Hub and are one of two undefeated (with no ties) teams in the top 10. Additionally, senior forward Drake Schramm was ranked ninth in the state this week for goals with 14, and second in state for assists, also with 14. has the CEC boys team ranked sixth, sitting easily at the top of Section 7A.

CEC head coach Dave Bergan was happy with his team's performance, and played a wide range of players in the second half after the Lumberjacks were up 8-0 at the half.

"I'm just so happy for the boys and all the notice they are getting," he said. "Each and everyone of them deserves this."

Bergan was also happy to learn that there will be playoffs, although a decision by the Minnesota State High School League on a state tournament is still up in the air. Teams have been limited to regional opponents.

CEC plays Hermantown at home Saturday starting at 11 a.m. and Marshall at home again on Monday at 4:45 p.m.

Playoffs will begin the week of Oct. 12.


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