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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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2013 State Boys' and Girls' Soccer Tournament

By Howard Voight, MSHSL
Minneapolis, MN

Three of four teams will attempt to defend titles at the 2013 State Soccer Tournament — Rochester Lourdes in the Class A boys’ tournament, Benilde-St. Margaret’s of St. Louis Park in the Class A girls’ tournament, and Eastview of Apple Valley in the Class AA boys’ tournament. Of the 32 qualified teams, only 10 teams played in the 2012 state tournament. Five schools have qualified both a boys team and a girls team — Hill-Murray of Maplewood, Totino-Grace of Fridley and Sartell-St. Stephen in Class A, and Andover and Elk River in Class AA.

Como Park is the No. 1 seed for Class A boys. Minneapolis Southwest is the No. 1 seed for Class AA boys. The Blake School of Minneapolis is the No. 1 seed for Class A girls. Burnsville is the No. 1 seed for Class AA girls.

Class 1A Boys Highlights

[None of the Class A boys’ teams played each other this season.]

(Section 3) St. Paul Como Park (16-0-3) vs. (Section 2) Waseca (17-0-1) — 5:30 p.m., Oct. 25, at St. Louis Park High School: The St. Paul Como Park Cougars are making their second consecutive and overall appearance and bowed out in the 2012 quarterfinals. They were ranked No. 2 in the final coaches association poll. The team has averaged 3.4 goals per game while allowing only 0.8 per game. Junior Will Kidd leads the Cougars with 21 goals and 10 assists and was switched from his usual midfielder position to attacker this season. He was named St. Paul City Conference Player of the Year. Senior goalkeeper Doug McCune-Zierath has 117 saves to his credit. Five senior starters are among the Top 10 in GPA. Following the Cougars’ season opener at Austin, the team bonded during a succeeding overnight camping excursion. The unranked Bluejays of Waseca are making make their first appearance. The Bluejays have averaged 4.4 goals per game while allowing just 0.8 per game. Five players have accumulated 15 or more points, led by ninth-grader Cristian Castro with a team-leading 19 goals and 12 assists, both single-season school records. Senior goalkeeper Josh Metzdorff had 93 saves and set a school record with his 16 wins. Team records were set for most wins (17), goals scored (80) and fewest goals allowed (14).

(Section 8) Sartell-St. Stephen (15-2-2) vs. No. 5 Seed (Section 1) Rochester Lourdes (13-5-2) — 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25, at St. Louis Park High School: The unranked and fourth-seeded Sabres of Sartell-St. Stephen are making their second tournament appearance. The Sabres averaged 3.6 goals per game while allowing just 0.79 per game. Senior Kyle Erickson leads the team with 19 goals and 21 assists. Sophomore Colin Johnson minds the net. The unranked and No. 5-seeded Eagles of Rochester Lourdes are making their fourth consecutive and 11th appearance. The Eagles are the defending champions and also won titles in 1998 and 1999. The Eagles averaged 2.55 goals per game while allowing 1 per game. Senior Johnny Lawson leads the team with 27 goals and 6 assists. Junior Nicolas Villarraga has seen the most time in net and has 62 saves.

(Section 6) Waconia (16-1-2) vs. (Section 7) Hermantown (12-6-2) — 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25, at Chisago Lakes Area High School: The Wildcats of Waconia are making their second consecutive and overall appearance. The Wildcats bowed out in the 2012 quarterfinals. They were the No. 6 team in the final coaches poll. The Wildcats averaged 3.2 goals per game while allowing 0.57 per game. Three seniors lead the scoring attack, with Marcel Montiel the top goal scorer (11) and James Nash the top player in assists (14), a school record. Senior John Rogers is the primary goalkeeper and has 108 saves. This season the team’s entire defense and keeper had to be replaced and responded with 11 shutouts. The unranked Hawks of Hermantown are making their second appearance and finished as runners-up in 2009. The Hawks averaged 2.1 goals per game while giving up 1.1 per game. Hermantown won only two games last season. Senior attacker Kori Ochs leads the team with 24 goals plus 1 assist. Sophomore attacker Sijilfredo Gonzalez leads the team with 10 assists plus 8 goals. Senior goalkeeper Josh Lenard has 108 saves so far.

(Section 4) Hill-Murray, Maplewood(11-4-3) vs. (Section 5) Totino-Grace, Fridley(10-10-0) — 5:30 p.m., Oct. 25, at Chisago Lakes Area High School: The unranked Hill-Murray Pioneers return to make their third appearance and finished as runners-up in 1983. The Pioneers defeated Class AA qualifier North, North St. Paul, 1-0 during the regular season. Seniors Shae Bottum and Austin Olson lead the Pioneers with 19 and 16 points, respectively. The team doubled its scoring output from the previous season. Senior goalkeeper Joseph Schaefer has 184 saves on the season. The unranked Eagles of Totino-Grace are making their eighth appearance. They won titles in 2002 and 2004 and finished as runners-up in 2008. The Eagles averaged 3.4 goals per game while giving up 0.7 per game. The team provided no individual statistics, but recorded 13 shutouts on the season. In the section tournament they scored 13 goals and only gave up one.

Class 2A Boys Highlights

(Section 6) Minneapolis Southwest (16-1-1) vs. (Section 7) Andover(14-4-1) — 5:30 p.m., Oct. 24, at Chisago Lakes Area High School: The Lakers of Minneapolis Southwest were the No. 1 team in the final coaches poll and they are making their eighth tournament appearance. The Lakers were the 2010 runners-up. They defeated Eastview of Apple Valey 3-1 early in the season. The Lakers averaged 3.65 goals per game while allowing 0.88 per game. Their No. 1 ranking is the team’s highest since 1991 when alumnus and head coach Jamie Plaisance was a senior. The team provided no individual statistics. The Huskies of Andover, who were unranked in the final coaches poll, are making their second appearance and first since 2004. The Huskies lost to conference rival Elk River/Zimmerman 3-0 early in the season. The Huskies averaged 3.05 goals per game while allowing 1.1 per game. Senior Andrew Bird leads the team with 16 goals and 9 assists. Seniors Colton Syler and Andrew Gruenwald share goalkeeping duties. The team survived three overtime victories in the final two weeks, including both the section semifinal and championship games.

(Section 4) North, North St. Paul (17-1-1) vs. No. 5 Seed (Section 5) Prairie Seeds Academy, Brooklyn Park(14-0-0) — 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24, at Chisago Lakes Area High School: The Polars of North return for their sixth appearance and tied for the second spot in the coaches poll. North dropped a 1-0 game to Class A qualifier Hill-Murray of Maplewood early in the season. The Polars averaged 4.2 goals per game while allowing 0.78. Senior Justin Oliver, with his 37 goals, is the statewide leader in that category. He added 16 assists. Senior Tyler Oliver led the team with 30 assists, also atop the statewide leader board, and added 18 goals. Senior Tommy Molski minds the net and has 153 saves. The team’s 80 goals is a new school record. The Lycans of Prairie Seeds Academy, who opted up to Class AA, were unranked in the final coaches poll and are in the hunt for their second title. The Lycans, who were disqualified from the 2012 Class A tournament for using an ineligible player, won the 2010 Class A title and finished second in 2011. The Lycans averaged 7 goals per game while allowing 0.64 per game. Senior Mounir Peterson-Darbaki leads the team with 25 goals and 21 assists. Sophomore Alieu Kamara has a team-leading 25 assists plus 11 goals. Three primary goalkeepers share the net – seniors Moise CJ Damey and Mualigbe Keita and junior Jose Cendejas Montoya.

(Section 2) Edina (14-2-3) vs. (Section 8) Elk River/Zimmerman (13-3-3) — 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24, at Park High School, Cottage Grove: The unranked Hornets of Edina are making their eighth tournament appearance and first since 2002. The Hornets averaged 2.1 goals per game while allowing 0.8 per game. Seniors Trip Adams and Armeen Shahriar and junior Matt Dahl each have 5 goals and 5 assists between them. Junior Tanner Morrison is the primary goalkeeper. The unranked Elks of Elk River/Zimmerman are making their debut tournament appearance, although Elk River Area made six previous appearances. The Elks defeated conference rival Andover 3-0 early this season. The Elks averaged 1.57 goals per game while allowing 0.68 per game. Seniors Storm Heyer and Joey Benz lead the Elks with 19 and 10 points, respectively. Senior goalkeeper Cody Christ has 81 saves.

(Section 3) Eastview, Apple Valley (13-3-1) vs. (Section 1) Owatonna (15-1-2) — 5:30 p.m., Oct. 24, at Park High School, Cottage Grove: The defending champion Lightning of Eastview, who also earned runner-up honors in 2011, return for their third consecutive and overall appearance. They were ranked No. 8 in the final coaches poll. The Lightning lost to top-seeded Minneapolis Southwest 3-1 early this season. The Lightning averaged 2.41 goals per game while allowing 1.18. Senior Pierce Erickson is the team leader with 16 goals and 4 assists. Two other seniors, Sam Fluegge and Jack Teske, added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Sophomore Kyle Lamott is the primary goalkeeper and has 127 saves. The unranked Owatonna Huskies return to make their second consecutive and overall appearance. They bowed out in the 2012 quarterfinals. The Huskies averaged 3.2 goals per game while allowing 0.6 per game. Junior Dexter Leer has 8 goals and 21 assists, and sophomore Jared Santibanez has 16 goals and 7 assists. Senior Carter McCauley has the bulk of the minutes in the net and has 109 saves. The team has 10 shutouts so far.

Class 1A Girls Highlights

(Section 3) The Blake School, Minneapolis(15-3-1) vs. (Section 8) Sartell-St. Stephen (14-4-2)—5:30 p.m., Oct. 24, at St. Cloud State University: The Blake School Bears, who were the No. 2 team in the final coaches association poll and the 2011 and 2012 runners-up, are returning to make their fourth consecutive and ninth overall appearance. The Bears won titles in 2000 and 2011 and also finished second in 1997, 2007 and 2009. They played a 1-1 draw against top-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret’s of St. Louis Park early in the season and lost their last regular season game 2-0 to Class AA qualifier Lakeville North. The Bears averaged 3.6 goals per game while allowing 0.47 per game. Senior Lydia Sutton and sophomore Sylvie Wallin each have 11 goals and 5 assists. Junior Maya Coyle has 10 goals and 7 assists and sophomore Annie Lyman has 8 goals and 12 assists. Sophomore Robyn Lipschultz is the primary goalkeeper and has 44 saves. The team recorded 11 shutouts. The unranked Sabres of Sartell-St. Stephen are making their inaugural tournament appearance. The Sabres were unranked in the final coaches poll and have not played any tournament qualifiers this season. The team averaged 2.6 goals per game while allowing 0.7 per game. Senior Katie Stuttgen leads the offense with 22 points on 16 goals and 6 assists. Sophomore Amanda Flemming has 7 goals and 9 assists and senior Sophie VanSurksum has 10 goals and 2 assists. Two ninth-graders, Allie Hemmesch and Maia Trombley, mind the net for the Sabres.

(Section 5) Totino-Grace, Fridley(12-4-4) vs. No. 5 Seed (Section 4) Hill-Murray, Maplewood(11-6-1) — 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24, at St. Cloud State University: The Eagles of Totino-Grace, ranked No. 7 by the coaches, are making their third consecutive and 13th overall appearance. They finished fourth in 2012. They lost 4-0 to top-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret’s midway through the regular season. The Eagles averaged 2.55 goals per game while allowing 0.65 per game. Sophomore Nicole Newman leads the team with 14 goals and 8 assists. Junior Gabrielle Eisfelder minds the net and has 143 saves and recorded 12 shutouts. The ninth-ranked Hill-Murray Pioneers, making their fourth appearance and first since 1987, lost two of their games 5-1 and 2-1 to Class AA qualifier Mahtomedi. The Pioneers averaged 3.5 goals per game while allowing 1.2 per game. Senior Julianna Gernes leads the offense with 28 goals and 6 assists. She had four consecutive games during the season in which she scored at least 3 goals. Sophomore Emma Sloot is the primary goalkeeper.

(Section 6) Benilde-St. Margaret’s, St. Louis park(15-3-1) vs. (Section 7) Duluth Denfeld (13-3-3)— 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24, at St. Louis Park High School: The defending champion Red Knights of Benilde-St. Margeret’s are in the hunt for their second title in their fourth consecutive and ninth tournament appearance. The Red Knights also finished second in 2005, 2006 and 2011. They were ranked No. 1 in the final coaches poll and tied The Blake School 1-1 early in the season, dropped a 1-0 game to Class AA qualifier Minnetonka and defeat Totino-Grace 4-0. The Red Knights averaged 5.47 goals per game (104 total) while allowing 0.52 (10 total). Senior Kelly Pannek has 44 points on 25 goals and 19 assists. She is the second-leading scorer in the school’s history with 120 points on 69 goals and 51 assists. Sophomore Aleksa Tataryn added 42 points on 18 goals and 24 assists. Senior Angela Charley is the primary goalkeeper and has made 51 saves. The unranked Hunters of Duluth Denfeld return for their second appearance and first since 2000. They did not play any tournament qualifiers during the regular season. The Hunters averaged 2.79 goals per game while allowing 0.84 per game. Senior Paige Kessler has a team-leading 11 goals plus 4 assists. Seniors Emily Fleissner and Taylor Olson each have 9 goals and 9 assists. Senior Megan Lazzaro is the primary goalkeeper and has 71 saves.

(Section 1) La Crescent (17-1-0) vs. (Section 2) Mankto West (12-6-2) — 5:30 p.m., Oct. 24, at St. Louis Park High School: The Lancers of La Crescent, who were ranked No. 6 in the final coaches poll, are making their sixth appearance. They did not play any tournament qualifiers during the regular season. The Lancers averaged 4.22 goals per game while allowing 0.72 per game. Senior Brielle Bierman leads the offense with 51 points on 25 goals and 26 assists. Ninth-grader Emmalee Finn added 19 goals and 7 assists. Ninth-grader Maddie Nelson is the leading goalkeeper and has made 45 saves. The team has recorded 9 shutouts and is on a 14-game winning streak since its only loss on August 29. The unranked Scarlets of Mankato West are making their second tournament appearance. They did not play any tournament qualifiers during the regular season. The Scarlets averaged 3.1 goals per game while allowing 1.25 per game. Senior Madison Burandt leads the offense with 28 goals and 9 assists. Junior Aisha Abdo added 9 goals and 14 assists. Senior Katie Lauer minds the net and has made 116 saves.

Class 2A Girls Highlights

(Section 3) Burnsville (16-0-3) vs. (Section 7) Andover (10-8-1)— 5:30 p.m., Oct. 23 at Park High School, Cottage Grove: The Blaze of Burnsville were the second-ranked team in this year’s final coaches poll. It is the 11th appearance for the Blaze who won titles in 1992 and 1993 and finished second in 1986, 1991 and 2011. During regular-season play No. 4-seeded Lakeville North edged the Blaze 2-1. The Blaze averaged 2.63 goals per game while allowing 0.632. Senior Abby Soderholm leads the offense with 10 goals and 7 assists. Three other players, junior Megan Engle, senior Hannah Keirstead and sophomore Ashley St. Aubin, also have accumulated double-figure points. Junior Darby Lofthus is the primary goalkeeper and has made 73 saves. The team held the top QRF (Quality Results Formula — minnesota-scores.net) the last three weeks of the season. The unranked Huskies of Andover are making their inaugural tournament appearance. During the regular season Andover was shut out 8-0 by No. 3-seeded Minnetonka and defeated Elk River 3-2. The Huskies averaged 2.3 goals per game while allowing 0.93 per game. Senior Raquel Thelen has 32 points on 13 goals and 19 assists. Sophomore Madison Griess has 20 points on 12 goals and 8 assists. Senior Shelby Fehringer is the primary goalkeeper. The team starts three ninth-graders and three sophomores and opened the season 1-5, allowing 26 goals, and finished 6-1, allowing just 5 goals.

(Section 1) Lakeville North (13-2-3) vs. No. 5 Seed (Section 4) Mahtomedi (17-1-1) — 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23, at Park High School, Cottage Grove: The Panthers of Lakeville North enter the tournament as the No. 9 team in the final coaches poll in their third consecutive and fourth overall tournament appearance. Lakeville North finished third in 2012. The Panthers dropped a 2-1 game to top-seeded Burnsville and defeated Class A qualifier The Blake School 2-0 in their regular-season finale. The Panthers averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 0.25. Seniors Lauren Sherry (6 goals, 8 assists) and Sarah Fisco (4 goals, 8 assists) lead the offense. Senior goalkeeper Alexis Joyce recorded 13 shutouts and gave up only 6 goals all season. The eighth-ranked Zephyrs of Mahtomedi are making their 11th appearance. Mahtomedi won six Class A titles in 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Two of their wins came against Class A qualifier Hill-Murray, 5-1 and 2-1. The Zephyrs averaged 3.76 goals per game while allowing 0.62. The team provided no individual statistics.

(Section 5) Mounds View (18-0-0) vs. (Section 2) Eden Prairie(11-5-2) — 7:30 p.m., Oct. 23, at St. Cloud State University: The coaches association’s top-ranked Mustangs of Mounds View return to make their 11th appearance. They did not play any tournament qualifiers this season. The Mustangs averaged 3.39 goals per game while allowing 0.28 and recording the best season in the school’s history. Sophomore Rachel Boyer is the leading female goal-scorer in Class AA with 24, adding 11 assists. Three other players, sophomore Mariah Northrop, junior Emily Michaelson and sophomore Julia Anderson, each have points in double figures. Senior Erika Johnson is the primary goalkeeper and has 82 saves. The Eden Prairie Eagles, who were not ranked in the final coaches poll, are making their second consecutive and eighth overall tournament appearance. They lost in the 2012 quarterfinals. The Eagles split a pair of games with third-seeded Minnetonka, losing 2-1 and winning 1-0. The Eagles averaged 1.78 goals per game while allowing 0.72. Junior April Bockin has 22 points on 15 goals and 7 assists. Senior Kendal Jacobus has 11 points on 5 goals and 6 assists. Bockin has made a verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota. Jacobus will attend Lehigh University next fall. Senior Katie Fuhs is the primary goalkeeper and has made 86 saves and will attend Dartmouth next fall.

(Section 6) Minnetonka(14-2-2) vs. (Section 8) Elk River (10-6-3) — 5:30 p.m., Oct. 23, at St. Cloud State University: The sixth-ranked Skippers of Minnetonka are making their fifth tournament appearance. They won a title in 2001. Minnetonka shut out Andover 8-0, split a pair of games against Eden Prairie, winning 2-1 and losing 1-0, and downed Class A qualifier Benidle-St. Margaret’s 1-0. The Skippers averaged 2.2 goals per game while allowing 0.4. Junior Ellen Mau has 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists), ninth-grader Gabby Pitera has 11 points (9 goals, 2 assists), and senior Elizabeth Endy has 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) for Minnetonka. Senior Allison Haworth is the primary goalkeeper and has made 51 saves. The team recorded 11 shutouts. The unranked Elk River Elks are making their fifth appearance. They were edged 3-2 by conference rival Andover during the regular season. The Elks averaged 1.42 goals per game while allowing 1.1. Senior Logan Daulton leads the offense with 13 goals and 2 assists. Junior Madyson St. Germain added 3 goals and 4 assists. Senior Meagan Marsh is the primary goalkeeper and made 114 saves while recording 8 shutouts, seven of which came in the last 11 games.

The Seeding Process

The seeding process had all 32 coaches of the section champions log onto a special page of the League Web site. Each coach then ranked the other teams one through seven. The highest and lowest rankings for each team were discarded, leaving five rankings for each team. From those rankings, the top five teams were seeded. In conference calls with all eight head coaches of each class and gender, League Associate Director Jody Redman announced the top five seeds. Coaches association representative Greg Juba blindly drew three teams to establish the opponent for the top three seeded teams. Numbers four and five automatically play each other.

The Schedule

After this week’s quarterfinal rounds outdoors Wednesday through Friday, all games will be played inside the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Class A girls’ semifinals will be played at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, followed by the Class A boys’ semifinals at noon and 2 p.m., and the Class AA boys’ semifinals at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Class A boys will play their third-place game at 8 a.m., followed by the Class A girls’ third-place game at 10 a.m. The Class AA girls will play their semifinals at noon and 2 p.m., followed by the Class AA boys’ third-place match-up at 4 p.m.

The tournament concludes on Thursday, Oct. 31, with the Class AA girls’ third-place game at 8 a.m., followed by the Class A girls’ championship game at 10 a.m., the Class A boys’ championship game at 12:30 p.m., the Class AA girls’ championship game at 3 p.m., and the Class AA boys’ championship game at 5:30 p.m.

Web Streaming

All four championship matches will be webcast live and free on www.Prep45.com.

Official Tournament Ball

The official state soccer tournament ball is the Nike Catalyst (SC2273-167).

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