Blake Perry (19) had a goal and an assist for Team Built Different. Built Different beat Team Earn It 5-1 on Oct. 30.
Photo by Holden Law
The match on Oct. 30 marked the final match of the 2020 Yellowjacket Super Series for the men’s soccer team. Whether you like offense or defense, Friday’s match gave some of both, depending on which half you were watching.
After playing to a scoreless tie in the first half, Team Built Different scored five times in the second, including four unanswered goals to close the scoring, on the way to a 5-1 win over Team Earn It at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.
For the second match in a row, Protus Babaya (Elk River, Minn./Elk River) netted the game-winning goal, this time scoring in the 60th minute to put Built Different in front for good.
Built Different had some good chances to score early in the match, but Blake Doyea (Ramsey, Minn./Anoka) rang shots off the crossbar on two different occasions, the first coming just five minutes in and the second 10 minutes later.
On the other side, Sam Waylee Jr. (Abidjan, Ivory Coast/Morning Glory International School) had a great chance to give Earn It the early lead, but the long pass that would have sent him in on a breakaway was broken up by goalkeeper Ulrik Lager (Vollen, Norway/Asker VGS).
The ice was finally broken early in the second half when Doyea put Built Different ahead 1-0, just 1:43 into the second half.
It took 47 minutes for a team to get the lead, but less than a minute for the match to once again be tied. In a bid for the highlight-reel goal of the Super Series, Archie Gjerdrum (St. Paul, Minn./ Como Park) sent a rocket of a shot into the net from about 30 yards out, tying the match for Earn It just 58 seconds after Built Different went in front.
Babaya scored the game winner 14:42 into the second half, streaking down the right side and converting a pass from Brandon Conklin (Superior, Wis./Superior Senior) to make it 2-1.
Just over eight minutes later Built Different got some insurance. Dylan Hanegraaf (Rose Creek, Minn./Austin) started the play, moving the ball up the left side before passing to Blake Perry (Anoka, Minn./Anoka), and the dynamic junior took it from there, scoring with his right foot in the 68th minute to push the lead to 3-1.
It went to 4-1 a few minutes later when Perry moved the ball to William Maanstroem (Oestersund, Sweden/Jaemtlands Gymnasium), whose shot was stopped by Earn It goalkeeper Payton Anderson (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing). The rebound was there and Mason Tynsky (Rochester, Minn./John Marshall) booted it into the net to extend the lead.
Doyea closed out the scoring, picking up his second goal of the match with 3.4 seconds left to play, making the final score 5-1.