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Boys Soccer: Brainerd and Tech tie in weather-delayed contest

Brainerd and St. Cloud face off in the a Central Lakes Conference match

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Brainerd Warrior Adam Klecker heads the ball against a St. Cloud Tech defender Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at Adamson Field. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
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After an hour weather delay and an overtime, Brainerd and St. Cloud Tech tied 1-1 in a Central Lakes Conference match Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Adamson Field.

With 2:47 left in the first half, lightning struck too close to the playing field forcing the official to issue a delay with the score 0-0.

Storm cells with multiple lightning flashes moved through the Brainerd area before 8 p.m. After a little more than an hour, both teams resumed action and neither team could solve each other’s defense.

“We just kept our chill during the delay,” Brainerd’s Ryan Westerberg said. “We just talked it through and talked about what we needed to correct and just kept going.”

Brainerd had some good chances in the second half. Kyle Duff nearly found the net, but St. Cloud Tech’s goalie Nicholas Lalonde made one of his many saves to keep it scoreless.

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In the first overtime period, the Warriors started with possession and were on the attack from the whistle. Adam Klecker nearly broke the tie 10 seconds into the overtime, but again Lalonde made the save.

With 2:34 left in the second overtime period, a foul in the 18-yard penalty box gave Brainerd a penalty kick to break the tie. Klecker nailed the penalty kick, which was his fourth goal of the season and third penalty kick goal.

“It’s real confidence,” Warriors head coach Tom Grausam said. “We trust him and he’s just Mr. Reliable.”

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brainerd Warrior Cruz Megazzini heads the ball against a St. Cloud Tech defender Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at Adamson Field. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd enjoyed its one-goal lead for only 57 seconds as Tech’s Khalid Yussuf tied it back up with a goal with 1:30 left to play.

“It was a bit frustrating that such a simple mistake could lead to the tie,” Westerberg said.

The game then ended in a 1-1 draw.

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“I thought we played really well even with the long delay,” Grausam said. “We kept our intensity up the entire game. It was solid all the way around and they are applying what we are teaching them in practice. We had a little mental delay in the last two minutes of the game because we just relaxed a little too much.”

St. Cloud Tech 0 0 0 1 — 1
Brainerd 0 0 0 1 — 1

Overtime 2: Brd-Adam Klecker (PK) 2:34; SCT-Khalid Yussuf 1:30

Warriors 1, Tech 1

Conference: Brd 0-0-1, SCT 1-0-1.

Overall: Brd 1-1-1, SCT 2-0-1.

Next: Brainerd at Sartell 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9.

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CONRAD ENGSTROM may be reached at 218-855-5861 or conrad.engstrom@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/the_rad34.

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brainerd Warrior Cruz Megazzini heads the ball against a St. Cloud Tech defender Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at Adamson Field. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

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brainerd Warrior Cruz Megazzini heads the ball against a St. Cloud Tech defender Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, at Adamson Field. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

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