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Hunters reflect on year full of adversity & triumph

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DULUTH, MN-- A team that went through a lot of adversity this season, would earn it Wednesday night as the Duluth Denfeld boys soccer team captured the Section 7A title with a 2-1 win over Princeton.

It's the teams 3rd section title win in the last five seasons.

The Hunters would adopt the underdog role come postseason. Completing upset wins over the previously unbeaten C-E-C Lumberjacks and the 2nd seeded Grand Rapids Thunderhawks.

Head Coach Scott Anderson says it was his team's determination that helped them succeed this year.

"I look at it as a team with tenacity. Just going through this whole year of 2020, the COVID situations, being uncertain with that kind of stuff. Then having a good season and all of sudden we hit Cloquet and fell apart. To comeback from that and do what they did and beating those higher seeds all the way, just says a lot about all of the young men on the team," said Anderson.

A Section 7A crown might not be the only hardware that senior midfielder Keegan Chastey will take home this year. Chastey is a finalist for the Mr. Soccer Award, which he says just being nominated is a honor.

"I think it's a testament of the hard work I've put in over the years and the coaching I've received from Denfeld soccer, gitch, lots of other things I've done throughout the years. It means a lot, I'm very thankful for the opportunities I've had with those programs to put me where I am now," said Chastey.

The award winner will be announced on October 31st.

Neil Vierzba

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