MVHS girls soccer caps historic run

For only the second time in school history, the girls soccer team from Mounds View High School advanced to the final day of the state tournament. The Mustangs might not have been playing in the preferred game that day but it was still better than not being on the field at all.

Mounds View closed out its season by playing in the Class AA state tournament's third-place game at Mahtomedi High School against Lakeville North. The Panthers scored the only goal of the game in the first half and claimed the third-place trophy with a 1-0 victory.

The loss, something Mounds View experienced this season only in the state tournament, sends the Mustangs home with a final season record of 19-2-1. It was also the only time all year that they were shut out.

Mounds View managed 12 shots against the Panthers and Lakeville North goalkeeper Taylor Lock was forced to make three saves.

Mariah Northrop led the Mustangs with three shots while Sierra Smith and Sarah Johnston had two apiece. Lauren Wikstrom, Johnston and Grace Kruger were credited with shots on goal.

Mounds View keeper Olivia Elvidge saw eight shots and made saves on five. The only shot that got past Elvidge was Temi Carda's header off of Hannah Cade’s corner kick in the 24th minute.

That Mounds View and Lakeville North faced each other on the last day of the tournament was not a shocker but it was somewhat of a surprise that they met in the third-place game. Lakeville North was the No. 1 seed in the tournament and Mounds View was the No. 2 seed so a meeting in the championship game might have been more expected.

Neither Eagan nor Eden Prairie stuck to the script, however. Eden Prairie, the fifth seed, edged fourth-seeded Wayzata in the quarterfinals and then battled Lakeville North to a scoreless draw after 80 minutes of regulation play and 20 minutes of overtime. The Eagles secured their spot in the title match by outscoring Lakeville North 4-2 in the shootout.

Eagan, the 2014 state champion, showed off its offensive prowess in the semifinals by beating Mounds View 4-2. The Wildcats broke open a tie game with three second-half goals to return to the title game for the second year in a row.

The Wildcats opened the scoring in the fourth minute on a goal by Sydney Flannery but Mounds View responded 24 minutes later when Rachel Boyer redirected Northrop's free kick into the net.

The two teams went to the locker room at halftime tied at 1-1 but Eagan wasted little time retaking the lead in the second half. Sydney Sherek deflected a free kick past Elvidge fewer than three minutes into the half. Taylor Kenealy gave the Wildcats a two-goal lead 12 minutes later and Eagan put the game away in the 70th minute on a goal by Jade King.

Mounds View got to within two goals in the 76th minute when Northrop scored on a penalty kick after being tripped in the box.

Eagan outshot the Mustangs 12-7 and Elvidge and Eagan keeper Megan Plaschko made three saves each.

Northrop led the Mustangs with three shots and all three were on goal. Kruger, Boyer, Julia Anderson and Wikstrom also recorded shots.

The four goals were the most Mounds View allowed in any one game all season. The previous high was two in the season opener back on Aug. 27. The last time the Mustangs gave up more than four goals in a match was in the 2012 season when they lost 7-1 to Woodbury in early October.

The Eagan-Mounds View match was the sixth of the tournament and the six goals were as many as were scored in the first five matches (four quarterfinals and the Eden Prairie-Lakeville North semifinal).

The Boyer sisters — Rachel and Emily — were named to the 16-player all-tournament team.

Eagan went on to successfully defend its state title with a shootout win over Eden Prairie, which was also playing in the state final for the second consecutive year.

The other soccer state champions crowned last week were Benilde-St. Margaret's for Class A girls, Orono for Class A boys and Anoka for Class AA boys.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


Class AA girls soccer tournament
Quarterfinals

Game 1 — Lakeville North 2, Blaine 0
Game 2 — Eden Prairie 1, Wayzata 0
Game 3 — Mounds View 2, Centennial 0
Game 4 — Eagan 1, Rogers 0

Semifinals
Game 5 — Eden Prairie 1, Lakeville North 0, shootout
Game 6 — Eagan 4, Mounds View 2

Third-place game
Game 7 — Lakeville South 1, Mounds View 0

Championship game
Game 8 — Eagan 1, Eden Prairie 0, shootout

Class AA girls soccer all-tournament team
Blaine — Emily Brown, keeper.
Centennial — Mikayla Iaquinto, defender.
Eagan — Jade King, attacker; Taylor Kenealy, attacker; Kate Woodcock, midfielder; Emma Brechlin, midfielder.
Eden Prairie — Lindsay Eliasen, keeper; Kara Bean, defender; Meghan Verkinderen, defender.
Lakeville North — Hannah Cade, midfielder; Temi Carda, defender; Lauren Witte, midfielder.
Mounds View — Emily Boyer, midfielder; Rachel Boyer, attacker.
Rogers — Kate Heimer, midfielder.
Wayzata — Morgan Turner, attacker.

 

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