For most teenage soccer players, scoring 10 goals in a season is quite a haul. Not Elliot Cassutt. The Minneapolis (Minn.) South High standout decided 10 was a reasonable haul for a game, then went out and scored 10 in a recent game against Minneapolis (Minn.) Henry High.
Cassutt's 10 goals were part of an embarrassing 18-0 South rout which kept the Tigers on track to dominate the Twin Cities area. Unsurprisingly, the 10 goals were good for a single-game state record in Minnesota.
Despite the final score, Cassutt's single-game explosion was no fluke. The senior is the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year for boys soccer in Minnesota and scored an astonishing 46 goals in 2010. That mark is good for a state record itself.
On a national scale, he was an NSCAA All-American to go with his All-State and All-Metro honors. Still, his goal haul as a junior was much more modest, with 15 goals and 12 assists to his name by the end of his third varsity season.
Considering his 10 goals against Henry, it seems overwhelmingly likely that Cassutt will easily pass that number as a senior.
As it is, before Tuesday Cassutt was already one of the names on the top line in the state record book for most goals in a single game; he had previously notched seven in one contest, which was tied for best in state history.
Who knows if the budding scorer will be able to match his Tuesday heroics in the future. Still, even if he can't, his unstoppable output against Henry High won't be forgotten anytime soon, by fans of South High, Henry High or Minnesota soccer in general.
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