Mustangs boys’ soccer goal is improvement

It might sound like a cliché but the main goal for the Mounds View High School boys soccer team is to get better each day. Head coach Chris Scanlon feels that if that goal is met, some other aspirations can also be achieved.

"Our main goal this year is to improve every game we play and throughout the season," said Scanlon.

If that happens, Scanlon believes that his team will be in line to compete for some championships.

"Winning the Suburban East is a goal and winning the section is a goal," said Scanlon. "I believe and the boys believe that winning a state championship is a possibility this year if we continue to improve."

Mounds View made a run at a state-tournament berth last fall but came up a victory short after losing to Maple Grove in the Section 5AA final.

Through three games this season, Mounds View was 2-0-1 with victories over Irondale and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and a tie against third-ranked Wayzata. The Mustangs played Grand Rapids on Friday but due to an early holiday deadline, results of that match were not available for this edition of the Bulletin.

Among the returning players who could factor into Mounds View's success this fall is senior forward Joshua Hintz, who scored a pair of goals in the 3-1 victory over Cloquet. Senior Michael DeGroot also tallied a goal against the Lumberjacks.

This is the second year of a scheduling agreement between Mounds View and the two northern teams. Last year, the Mustangs trekked north for back-to-back games.

"I think it's great," Scanlon said. "They show a type of soccer that we sometimes don’t see in the metro area. They’re always physical; they're always really hard-working. I’ve been really pleased with all the matches we’ve had with Cloquet and Grand Rapids."

The 1-1 tie against Wayzata came in the season opener on Aug. 27.

"You never know what you're going to get the first game out coming off a grinding tryout week," Scanlon said. "We didn’t start the way we wanted to but as the game went on we settled in."

Making a run at the Suburban East Conference title will be no picnic. Defending champion East Ridge began the season ranked No. 2 in the state and Woodbury was seventh. Park-Cottage Grove also received votes in the preseason coaches poll but didn’t crack the top 10.

Section 5AA has become more wide open with the departure of Maple Grove, which was the preseason No. 5 team in the state. After losing Maple Grove, Section 5AA gained Centennial and Roseville.

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

 

 

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