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Marquette rolls past Mountaineers

(Daryl T. Jarvinen photo) Marquette's Nick Asmus, left, battles Iron Mountain's Wyatt Richter for the ball during their high school boys soccer game played at Kaufman Sports Complex in Marquette on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

By RYAN STIEG

For The Daily News

MARQUETTE — The weather wasn’t ideal for a sporting event late Thursday afternoon with heavy rain earlier in the day combined with falling temperatures and an increasing wind.

However, the Marquette Senior High School boys soccer team shrugged off the conditions and rolled to a 9-1 mercy-rule win over Iron Mountain at the Kaufman Sports Complex.

Redmen sophomore Nick Asmus finished with four goals.

“We had this game circled on the calendar because we tied them earlier in the year and we just wanted to get back to this game and see what we could do, because we thought we left a lot on the field when we went to Iron Mountain last time,” Redmen head coach Dan Salmon said. “So we knew we could do better on the scoreboard.”

For the Mountaineers, it was a tough day on the pitch. Not just by the final score, but the fact that they rolled into town with a depleted roster, down more than half a dozen players.

Despite that, head coach Joe Pacheco was happy with how his team fought through adversity.

Trailing 2-0, the Mountaineers got on the scoreboard when senior Tyler Bengtson scored on a penalty kick.

The score was 3-1 at halftime, but the second half was almost all Marquette.

“We’re down seven players, so we were lucky in the first half to hold what we were holding,” said Iron Mountain coach Joe Pacheco.

“It was going to be a matter of a good team learning where our holes were today. We put seven new positions out today, including our keeper, with expectations of a more balanced game. My expectation was that it would be different, but we look at every opportunity to learn,” he said.

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