By PATRICK SLACK
The Little Falls defense tightened up in its second game against host Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Monday, but couldn’t find the back of the net, falling 2-0.
Little Falls posted perhaps its best season in school history last fall, going 13-3 and earning a share of the Granite Ridge Conference title as departed graduate Grant Bell set the state record for career goals.
In addition to Bell, Frank Jeffries, Mitch Welinski, Derek Toso, Nick Retka, Jared Rickert and An Trihn graduated from last year’s roster.
“We are having to replace a very solid defensive group from last year with some athletes that have no previous varsity playing experience,” Little Falls head coach Julie Bell said. “It will take some time to learn, but I am confident they will improve with every game.”
Returning starters from last year’s team are seniors Taylor Kottschade (forward), Nathan Masog (midfield), Kyle Gapinski (defense) and Joe Kornbaum (defense) and sophomore Thomas Bell (midfield).
Looking to step into more prominent roles will be senior Gabe Ploof (goalkeeper), Greg Ross (defense), Garrett Horejsi (defense) and Canyon Hoheisel (defense) and juniors Tim Infinger (forward) and Jake Loukinen (midfield).
Little Falls hosts Princeton, Tuesday.