Wayzata eliminated Apple Valley in the Boys' AA State Soccer Semifinals Tuesday at the dome, meaning there will be four new state champs.
The Tornadoes of Anoka are making their 10th state tournament appearance and first since 2000. They did finish second in 1991 and now will have another chance to win a championship after defeating the Eagles of Eden Prairie 2-1. Anoka (20-0-2) maintained a 2-0 lead until deep into the second half. Senior Alex Casey scored first, at 6:52, on an assist from senior defender Josh McElmury. Junior midfielder Brian Haukos scored Anoka’s second goal at 32:09 on an assist from senior attacker Robert Botchaway. Eden Prairie (18-3-2) was prolific in shooting, taking 21 shots to Anoka’s 10, half of which were on goal. Senior Anoka goalkeeper Nick Svedin earned the win making those nine saves. The Tornadoes will play for the championship at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1. The Eagles, whose goal was scored by senior defender Andrew Cregg on an assist from sophomore attacker Nuradin Yusuf, will play for third place at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1.
Wayzata 2, Apple Valley 1
The defending champions from Apple Valley (18-2-2) were unseated 2-1 by Wayzata and will have to settle for either third- or fourth place this year. Both teams scored within the first 20 minutes of the game. Wayzata (17-1-3) drew first blood on junior forward Brandon Kalivoda’s goal, assisted by senior forward Tyler Vint. Senior forward Mike Hutton was credited with an unassisted goal about six-and-a-half minutes later. The game then turned defensive until senior Colin Monasterio saw an opening and drilled one high and into a corner from about 25 yards out for the game-winner at 71:27. Wayzata had the No. 3 seed in the tournament and Apple Valley was No. 2. The Trojans will play for their third title at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1. The Eagles will play for third at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1.