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Offense dominates as Benilde-St. Margaret's cruises to win over Mahtomedi

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 04/27/19, 4:00AM CDT


Buoyed by Matt Dowden, who netted four goals, and a core shutdown defense, the Red Knights beat the Zephyrs handedly in a rematch of last year's state semifinal.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s Matt Dowden (5) scrambles though traffic in front of Mahtomedi’s net early in the first half, scoring the game's first goal. The Red Knights went on to defeat the Zephyrs 9-3 on Saturday. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

With 8:39 remaining in the third quarter on Saturday, it looked as if Mahtomedi had a chance to erase a first-half deficit and keep up with Benilde-St. Margaret’s. The Zephyrs had just scored to make it a two-goal game. But any hope soon dissipated.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s goaltender Jack Keller stopped 14 of 17 shots keeping the Zephr’s from finding the back of the net. The Red Knight’s beat the Zephr’s 9-3 at Mahtomedi on Saturday. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

First report

Heading into Saturday’s tilt against Mahtomedi, Benilde-St. Margaret’s had not lost a regular season game in two years. That didn’t change Saturday when the Red Knights topped the Zephyrs 9-3 at Mahtomedi High School.

Despite taking three penalties in the opening quarter, Benilde-St. Margaret’s (3-0, 1-0) grabbed a 2-0 lead after 10 minutes. Sophomore attacker Matt Dowden got the Red Knights on the board before finishing with a game-high four goals.

After jumping ahead 4-1 in the second quarter, the Red Knights, ranked No. 3 in the state coaches’ poll, took control in the third, with three different players, including Dowden, finding the back of the net. Red Knights junior goaltender Jack Keller stopped 14 of 17 shots.

Mahtomedi (1-4, 1-1) continued its slow start to the season after advancing to the state semifinals a season ago. Senior midfielders Ryan Pilla and Sam Donna, along with sophomore Levi Lemke scored the Zephyrs’ goals on Saturday. Meanwhile, goaltenders Gustaf Magnusson and Xander Williams combined to make 10 saves on 19 shots.

Mahtomedi’s E.J. Charpentier scores an unassisted goal in the second half against Benidle-St. Margaret’s. The Zephyr’s lost on Saturday to the Red Knights at home 9-3. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

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