Mounds View girls soccer keeps rolling along

Equaling last year's regular season was going to be tough to accomplish no matter how well the Mounds View High School girls soccer team performed this fall. Unbeaten seasons don't come along that often, and the Mustangs had one last year.

Mounds View isn't all that far off the pace, however. There are only two blemishes on the record, and the Mustangs haven't lost in their last six matches.

Following three victories last week, Mounds View's record was 7-1-1 overall and a perfect 2-0 in Suburban East Conference play.

The Mustangs began the season ranked No. 2 in the state in Class AA but a loss to Burnsville in game three dropped the Mustangs to No. 9. They moved up to eighth last week.

Mounds View picked up wins last week over Forest Lake, Roseville and Minnetonka, which began the season ranked No. 1.

The other non-victory result on Mounds View's schedule thus far was a 1-1 tie against sixth-ranked Maple Grove.

Leading the way offensively for the Mustangs is junior forward Mariah Northrop, who is tops on the team in goals (5) and assists (12). Heather Ley is one of three Mustangs with three goals and she also has three assists. Grace Kruger and Marnie Zilka also have three goals apiece.

On the docket this week are a pair of conference games and a non-conference match against a ranked opponent. Mounds View travels to Park-Cottage Grove on Tuesday and hosts Stillwater on Thursday.

On Saturday, the Mustangs pay a visit to fifth-ranked Centennial in what could be a key Section 5AA contest. The Cougars are 8-0-1, have given up only three goals and only a scoreless tie against Robbinsdale Armstrong is keeping them from being unbeaten.

--Brian Meyers


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