Tom's tips: Flyers, Crusaders pair up for soccer doubleheader

Tom's tips: Flyers, Crusaders pair up for soccer doubleheader

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Tom's tips: Flyers, Crusaders pair up for soccer doubleheader

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Little Falls has had one of the better boys soccer programs in the area for the past decade and again are competitive.

The Flyers are rebuilding a bit after losing Times player of the year Grant Bell, who is a regular on the Division I Bradley University men’s soccer team this season.

They bring a 3-4-1 record into this week, with two intriguing games, first with St. John’s Prep at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Belle Prairie Township and then with St. Cloud Cathedral at 5 p.m. Thursday at Whitney Park.

The Little Falls-Cathedral match-up is part of a boys-girls doubleheader. The Flyers’ girls team plays Cathedral at 7 p.m. at Whitney.

Little Falls has four starters back from a 13-3 team that lost to Cathedral 3-1 in Subsection 8A play last season. The Crusaders eventually lost 2-1 in overtime to Sartell for the section championship.

Kyle Gapinski, Nate Masog, Thomas Bell and Taylor Kottschade return. Thomas Bell, a sophomore, is Grant Bell’s brother. Their mom is the Flyers’ head coach, Julie Bell.

“Hopefully, we can be prepared for them (the Crusaders),” Julie Bell said. “We keep improving and we need to keep improving.”

The Flyers are 3-1 in the Granite Ridge Conference. Cathedral is 4-0 in the conference, 8-0-1 overall. Little Falls’ lone conference loss is 2-1 to St. John’s Prep.

“We lost 2-1 but we technically scored all three goals,” Julie Bell said. “We should’ve won that game.”

Cathedral is emerging as a Section 8A favorite again as is St. Cloud Apollo (9-1-1), who lost 2-0 to the Crusaders.

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