Isaac Foster just decided to take matters into his own hands Thursday, Sept. 5, at Adamson Field in Brainerd.
After two attempts to set up scurrying teammates near the net, the ball bounced back out to the senior defender for a third time. This time Foster went for the net and it worked as he scored at the 2:43 mark of overtime for a 2-1 Brainerd Warriors victory over Sartell.
“It kept bouncing back out to me so I just hit it with a little spin and it was kind of lucky,” Foster said. “It just went over the goalie’s head.”
With the wind playing as an extra defender, the Warriors took advantage of it by winning the overtime coin flip and picking the goal to defend instead of the ball. The strategy worked as the Warriors worked the ball into Sartell’s end where Foster peppered the net leading to his goal.
It was Foster’s second goal of the night as he tied the score 1-1 at 29:47 of the second. This time he corralled a rebound and snuck it past Sartell keeper Brandon De la Rosa.
“I just ran through the line and I knew it was going to have a pretty good chance of going over with the wind,” Foster said. “The goalie fumbled it and so I just hit it in.”
Brainerd’s defense held Sartell to just one shot on goal. That happened to be the Sabres’ only goal, which came off a penalty kick 14:41 into the contest off the foot of Nick Sanderson.
“We did play well defensively,” Foster said. “We took balls out of the air, which is crucial with a wind like this. We played smart and kept our heads. They got frustrated and we came out with the win.”
Warriors head coach Tom Grausam said Brainerd’s defense was key. Other than the penalty kick Sartell didn’t muster much of an attack. The Warriors only allowed one goal against St. Cloud Tech, but it happened to be a game-winning penalty kick.
After Sartell scored its penalty kick, Grausam was worried of a repeat outcome.
“I was hoping it wouldn’t come down to that PK because two games in a row that’s really frustrating as a coach,” Grausam said. “I thought it was a little offside on the play, but it doesn’t matter. You can’t let the officials determine the game.”
The two goals has Brainerd’s point total up to nine goals in its first four games. However, Grausam is concerned with how Brainerd is getting them.
“Basically we just have to put more goals in from set plays,” Grausam said. “I think we have six set goals out of nine we’ve scored. We need to score from the field more -- just passing more.
“Our biggest factor is whether or not we can put goals in the back of the net during regular play and not just set pieces only.”
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Sartell 1 0 0 0 -- 1
Brainerd 0 1 1 0 -- 2
First half: Sar-Nick Sanderson PK 14:41
Second half: Brd-Isaac Foster (Nole Robertson, Eli Roberts) 29:47
Overtime: Brd-Foster 2:43
Shots on goal: Brd 7, Sar 1
Goalkeepers: Brd-Jude Hiltner (0 saves); Sar-Brandon De la Rosa (5 saves)
Warriors 2, Sartell 1
Key: Isaac Foster scored early in the overtime frame to give Brainerd the win
Conf: Brd 2-1, Sar 2-1
Overall: Brd 3-1, Sar 3-1
Next: Brainerd at Sauk Rapids 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9