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Prep soccer: Aultman brothers lead CEC past Duluth Denfeld for ninth straight win

The Lumberjack defense has allowed eight goals and has five shutouts through 12 games this season.

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s Elijah Aultman (5) moves the ball up the field in front of Duluth Denfeld’s William Foldesi (9)
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s Elijah Aultman (5) moves the ball up the field in front of Duluth Denfeld’s William Foldesi (9) in the first half of the game in Cloquet on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.
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CLOQUET — Cloquet-Esko-Carlton junior Elijah Aultman scored early in the first half and added three assists in a 5-1 win over Duluth Denfeld Thursday at Bromberg Field.

Aultman’s goal came about eight minutes into the game, when he punched a shot past Hunter goalkeeper Camden Rask. Three minutes later, Elijah tapped a pass over to brother Jordan Aultman for a point-blank shot to give CEC a 2-0 lead.

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s Jordan Aultman (7) watches the ball rocket towards the goal from his head
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s Jordan Aultman (7) watches the ball rocket towards the goal from his head in the first half of the Lumberjacks’ game with Duluth Denfeld in Cloquet on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.
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Jordan also had a second-half assist to Collin Young on the Lumberjacks’ final goal Tuesday.

CEC coach John Sundquist said the “chemistry” between the two is always strong, but the goal from Elijah’s assist to Jordan Monday was about as good as it gets for them.

“We’ve kind of mixed them and matched them, playing one behind the other,” Sundquist said. “They’re falling into a groove where they know where they’re going to run and they know when they’re going to run. We don’t want them to take too many touches, just get that shot off early. You say a lot of things, play fast, but relax. That goal between them there, that was them relaxed, playing well, playing quickly and it all coming together.”

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While the Aultmans' offensive production was impressive, the Lumberjack defense was perhaps even more effective. Denfeld’s only goal was a penalty kick from senior Parker Chastey in the 28th minute, but otherwise, the Hunters didn’t put many good shots on CEC keeper Lucas Rauner.

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s Ben Schramm (1) kicks the ball up the field in front of Duluth Denfeld’s Parker Chastey (8)
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s Ben Schramm (1) kicks the ball up the field in front of Duluth Denfeld’s Parker Chastey (8) in the first half of the game in Cloquet on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.
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“Their defense man-marked our forwards pretty well,” Denfeld coach Scott Anderson said. “We were trying to find our way around that, we had a couple of little chances but we couldn’t put it through today.”

The Lumberjacks typically play with three men back, but CEC defender and senior captain Noah Knutson said during the team’s 4-0 win over Princeton Saturday they started adding a fourth defender to the back line.

“When we have the four back, that allows our outside mids to stay up,” Knutson said. “When our mids get the ball, the outside mids are wide open, so they can push the ball up the middle.”

Duluth Denfeld’s Caleb Kilroy (14) takes a ball off the side of the face in the first half of the game in Cloquet
Duluth Denfeld’s Caleb Kilroy (14) takes a ball off the side of the face in the first half of the game in Cloquet on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.
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Dropping a fourth man back has been a good change the last two games for CEC, but the defense has been outstanding all season. The Lumberjacks have allowed just eight goals through 12 games this season and have five shutouts. The only game where CEC has surrendered multiple goals this season was their 3-2 overtime win over Duluth East Sept. 15.

“They’ve been so disciplined, defensively, and really making it a priority,” Sundquist said. “We have a group of five right now that are just fantastic and they just take a lot of pride in what they do.”

Denfeld has struggled to score in its last two games, a 2-0 loss to Duluth East Thursday and Tuesday’s loss to CEC.

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s Brody Dushkin (17) deflects the ball up the field in front of Duluth Denfeld’s William Foldesi (9)
Cloquet-Esko-Carlton’s Brody Dushkin (17) deflects the ball up the field in front of Duluth Denfeld’s William Foldesi (9) in the first half of the game in Cloquet on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022.
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“The last couple of games we haven’t really been getting up and getting the decent, quality shots that we need to get,” Anderson said. “It’s something to work on — it’s finding that lane to run through and trying that opening. Even just find those small openings and take the chance, because we’re not taking those right now, we’re wanting that wide open shot.”

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Cloquet (10-2) has now won nine straight games and will play at Hermantown at 1 p.m. Friday.

Denfeld (7-4-1) will host Proctor at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Duluth Denfeld 1-0—1

Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 3-2—5

First half scoring: 1. CEC, Elijah Aultman, 8th; 2. CEC, Jordan Aultman (E. Aultman), 11th; 3. DD, Parker Chastey, 28th (pk); 4. CEC, Max Sundquist (E. Aultman), 34th.

Second half scoring: 5. CEC, Noah Hansen (E. Aultman), 55th; 6. CEC, Collin Young (J. Aultman), 67th.

Saves: Camden Rask, DD, 6; Lucas Rauner, CEC, 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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