Prep soccer season winding down

All six Bulletin-area prep soccer teams have reached the final week of the regular season. The section playoffs begin next week so for most of them this week provides a final tune-up prior to the post-season.

One team has a little more than that on the line this week, however. The Mounds View High School girls team sits in first place in the Suburban East Conference and needs one more victory to claim the conference championship.

The Mustangs' first chance came Tuesday they visited Woodbury, after the Bulletin's deadline. Mounds View also plays Thursday at 5 p.m. at Park-Cottage Grove.

East Ridge is the only team that has a mathematical shot at catching Mounds View in the conference standings but would need the Mustangs to lose at least once and either tie or lose the other game.

Neither of those scenarios appears likely considering Mounds View has yet to lose this season and came up with its biggest victory of the year on Saturday. The Mustangs, ranked No. 2 in the state, blanked fourth-ranked Eden Prairie 2-0.

In 14 matches, Mounds View (13-0-1) has given up six goals and no more than one a game since a season-opening, 8-2 victory over Champlin Park.

Regardless of what happens this week, Mounds View will be the No. 1 seed in the Section 4AA playoffs that begin on Oct. 13. East Ridge is the likely No. 2 seed.

Mounds View's boys team was ranked as high as No. 3 in the Class AA state coaches poll earlier this season but a three-game losing streak dropped the Mustangs out of the top 10.

Since the skid, Mounds View righted the ship with a 3-2, overtime win against Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village and a 2-1 victory over White Bear Lake. The Mustangs closed out last week with a 2-2 tie against Stillwater.

Mounds View plays a pair of 7 p.m. road games this week, which started Tuesday at Woodbury, past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin. The Mustangs then travel to Park-Cottage Grove on Thursday.

The Mustangs are third in Section 5AA in the QRF rankings. Park Center, third overall in Class AA, is No. 1 and Prairie Seeds Academy is second. Park Center handed Mounds View its first loss of the season back on Sept. 19.

Irondale

Victories have been hard to come by for the Irondale soccer squads. Both teams earned their first wins of the season last week.

The boys team nabbed win No. 1 on Sept. 29 by beating Robbinsdale Armstrong 3-2. The Knights followed that up by tying Maple Grove, which was ranked No. 9 in the Class AA coaches poll at the time. Irondale closed out the week with a 2-0 loss to Totino-Grace.

The girls team picked up its first win on Saturday in a 1-0 victory over Roseville. The Knights also have four ties on its record this season.

Both Irondale squads are in action twice this week. They hosted Anoka on Monday night, past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin. The season finale for both teams is Wednesday at Elk River.

Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village

The Panthers are in a similar boat as Irondale. Wins have been few and far between.

The boys' team owns victories over Centennial and Irondale while the girls' squad has beaten Elk River and Park Center this fall. Both teams enter the final week of the regular season having lost five in a row.

The Panthers hosted Robbinsdale Armstrong on Monday, past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin. They close out the regular season with matches at Blaine on Thursday.

—Brian Meyers

 

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