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Zephers Looking for Three in a Row
By: Russell Schouweiler
It took twenty-eight minutes for Tippy Jordan to put Mahtomedi in front of Mounds Park Academy, and it took a goal mouth scramble and goal from Sophomore Brittney Henry just two minutes from half-time for Mahtomedi to move the Panthers further in the rear view mirror.
Henry would double her tally half-way through the second half to put the final nail in the coffin for Mahtomedi. The match ended 3-nil, and look out for not only the number one team in the state of Minnesota in girl's soccer, but also a team ranked 7th nationally as they look to three-peat in the state tournament.
Kane able to get Mounds View Back to State
By: Mark Genosky
NEW BRIGHTON - Mounds View was looking for revenge against Spring Lake Park
in their Boys’ Class 2A Section 4 soccer final Tuesday… and they found it pretty quickly.
Billy Kane scored just 15 seconds into the game, Mounds View had 3 goals before the 7th minute, and the Mustangs made it to state with the 4 to 1 win. Spring Lake Park
beat Mounds View in the section final last year, so this was really sweet.
“It’s amazing, it’s nice to be back,” said Kane, who scored twice for the Mustangs. “We wanted this so bad, we wanted it more than them, and we got 3 goals in 7 minutes, which is a nice way to start out.”
The crowd had not even begun to realize how cold and windy it was by the time Kane netted the first goal. Mounds View got the ball deep into the Panthers end on the side of the goal. The ball popped loose, and Kane, much to his surprise put it in.
“I couldn’t believe it. It just came and hit my foot and went in the net, and I was like ‘Oh my God’, it was amazing.”
The Mustangs took advantage of the blustery conditions two and a half minutes later. Tommy McNamara took a free kick from 45 yards out, and with the wind at his back, drove it all the way to the goal. This seemed to take Panthers goalie Wyatt Justinak by surprise, as the ball bounced past him and in to put Mounds View up two nil.
Kane struck again four minutes later. Quinn Evans carried the ball down the sideline, and crossed it into the mixer. Again, a loose ball seemed to find Kane, who buried it from ten yards out.
Spring Lake Park settled down after that, and had some chances, but couldn’t convert. Meanwhile, play got a little chippy, with the ref handing out three yellow cards to the Mustangs.
Mounds View notched their final goal on a set piece with six minutes left in the first half. Spencer Menk drilled the shot from the top of the box off of Justinak’s fingers and into the corner.
The Panthers got on the board with three minutes left in the half when Dan Krueger took a free kick from forty yards out and snuck in between Mustangs goalie Jamie Splett’s legs. The Mustangs didn’t want the winds of change to be whipping up.
“They came back with the wind against them,” Kane said when explaining the level of concern in the Mustangs huddle at the half. “We thought, if anything, they’d come back in the second half when they had the wind. So we had to come out relaxed and possess the ball, which we did, and they didn’t get another goal.”
Relaxed, in control of the ball, all while sneaking a peak at the clock as it ticked down towards a trip to state.
“It seemed like forever,” Kane said smiling and shaking his head, as if he still did not believe the game was over. “I just kept looking up and only a minute had gone by and I was like ‘oh come on’. Then I finally heard one minute left and I was like ‘yes, yes’”.
Rosemount 2, Rochester John Marshall 1Rosemount is on their way to state for the first time after defeating John Marshall 2-1 in the Class 2A, Section 1 final. Jon Evans scored the game winner off a corner kick in the 73rd minute, with Scott Latski picking up the assist. Alex Kuehl of John Marshall, and Sam Howard of Rosemount, made several key saves to keep their teams in the game. John Marshall defeated Rosemount 2-0 in the first game of the season, with Rosemount getting revenge when it mattered the most.