Prep boys soccer: Parker Chastey's late goal lifts Duluth Denfeld past Duluth Marshall

The Hilltoppers have scored just one goal in three games this season.

Duluth Denfeld beats Duluth Marshall
Duluth Marshall's Bowen Linville, 19, competes with Duluth Denfeld's Matthew Eklund during the Hunters' 1-0 win Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, at Public Schools Stadium.
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DULUTH — Duluth Denfeld senior Parker Chastey was finally in the right position when teammate Caleb Kilroy found him in front of the Duluth Marshall goal Thursday at Public Schools Stadium.

Chastey put the ball past Hilltopper goalkeeper Thomas Falgier in the 69th minute to break a scoreless tie and lift the Hunters to a 1-0 win.

“Someone played the ball to (Kilroy) — he’s got really good touch inside like me,” Chastey said. “I had a guy in front of me so I had to get a couple touches around them and drew a few people in and hit it as soon as I could get it up in the corner.”

Duluth Denfeld beats Duluth Marshall
Duluth Denfeld's Parker Chastey, 8, handles the ball in front of Duluth Marshall's Briar Mrozik during the Hunters' 1-0 win Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. Chastey scored the game's lone goal.
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Denfeld dominated much of the first half, keeping pressure on the Marshall defense, but weren’t able to get solid shots on goal.

“We weren’t as crisp as we wanted to be, for sure,” Hunters coach Scott Anderson said. “Their goalie, he made some fantastic saves, but the one I’m going to emphasize coming off this is finding the right spot and putting it past.”


The second half was more up and down, with the Hilltoppers generating some offense and a few shots on Hunter goalie Camden Rask. Anderson thought the nearly 90-degree heat Thursday was a factor in the defensive lapses.

“I think having a little water break helps too,” Anderson said. “I could gather them in — soccer needs a timeout somewhere in the game like hockey does — but I was able to say here’s the objective, here’s what we need to do and they started putting it back together.”

Duluth Denfeld beats Duluth Marshall
Duluth Marshall's Gabe French, 5, tries to keep the ball away from Duluth Denfeld's Parker Chastey in the Hunters' 1-0 win Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, at Public Schools Stadium.
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Chastey said it also had to do with the pace of play and trying to get a few more quality shots.

“In the first half, we didn’t have too many chances, but we pretty much controlled it,” Chastey said. “In the second half, we let them have a bit more, but we had a lot more. I think it was more like risk/reward and we got rewarded.”

The Hilltoppers have scored just one goal in their first three games of the season — all losses.

“Where we’re finding ourselves having issues is with the midfield connection with our forward to generate that attack,” Marshall coach Mike Sengbush said. “We didn’t create much in the first half, I think we did better in the second, but there’s a level of disconnect that I have to filter through.”

Duluth Denfeld beats Duluth Marshall
Duluth Marshall goalkeeper Thomas Falgier makes one of his 11 saves in the Hilltoppers' 1-0 loss to Duluth Denfeld Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, at Public Schools Stadium in Duluth.
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Falgier played well for the Hilltoppers, making 11 saves and keeping his team in the game, but the team will need to generate more goals to get back to the Section 7A championship game again in 2022.

Denfeld is a much younger team than last year’s squad that went toe-to-toe with Cloquet-Esko-Carlton in the Section 7AA championship game, but Chastey believes they can still contend for a trip to the state tournament.


“I think we’ve got the right characters, the right people and the right work ethic where we can challenge as a team and then hopefully take that next step.

Denfeld (2-1) will next host Delano at 2 p.m. Friday.

Marshall (0-3) will play CEC 7 p.m. Tuesday in Cloquet.

Duluth Marshall 0-0—0

Duluth Denfeld 0-1—1

First half scoring — No scoring.

Second half scoring — 1. DD, Parker Chastey (Caleb Kilroy), 69th.

Saves — Thomas Falgier, DM, 11; Camden Rask, DD, 3.

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Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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