Two early hiccups put St. Maries’ boys soccer team in a tough position Oct. 15.
The Lumberjacks gave up a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of a district semifinal game against top-seeded Coeur d’Alene Charter.
After that, St. Maries’ responded with a strike from Grant Compton, but gave up a total of four goals in the 1-4 defeat.
Coeur d’Alene Charter would go on to win its first district title, defeating Bonners Ferry on penalty kicks the next day.
“They did really well,” Coach Chris Renaldo said. “We just didn’t have the horses.”
After conceding goals in the fourth and ninth minutes, St. Maries kept its opponent from scoring until the 37th minute.
Grant scored off a pass from Lance Hamblin early in the second half to bring St. Maries to within two goals before the Jaguars responded six minutes later.
Greyson Sands made 17 saves in the effort as his team was outshot 5-24.
“We have a good core group coming back for next year,” Coach Renaldo said. “We’ll get a full season and it will be exciting to see what happens. The boys did themselves proud, though.”
St. Maries closes its season with a 4-7 record.
St. Maries 1, CDA Charter 4
SM 0 1 1
CDA CH 3 1 4
Goals: Compton – 52nd (Hamblin)
Saves: Sands – 17
Shots on Goal: SM 5, CDA CH 24