Mounds View girls shooting for soccer glory

For the second time in three years, the Mounds View High School girls soccer team has completed the regular season without losing a game. The Mustangs look to continue those winning ways this week as the section playoffs begin.

Mounds View (15-0-1) is the No. 1 seed in Section 4AA and hosts eighth-seeded Tartan in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The Mustangs enter the post-season riding a 13-game winning streak and haven't given up a goal in their last five matches. The only non-victory of the season was a 1-1 tie against Burnsville back on Sept. 1.

In 16 games, Mounds View has surrendered only six goals and posted 11 shutouts. Those numbers are very comparable to two years ago, when the Mustangs went 15-0, gave up five goals and recorded 11 shutouts.

Mounds View has already clinched one championship this season. The Mustangs wrapped up the Suburban East Conference title with a 5-0 blanking of Woodbury on Oct. 6. They closed out the regular season two days later with a 1-0 victory over Park-Cottage Grove.

A victory over Tartan would move Mounds View to the semifinals on Thursday, again at home, against either fourth-seeded White Bear Lake of fifth-seeded Woodbury. Mounds View beat White Bear Lake 4-0 on Sept. 29.

The section final is set for Oct. 20 and Mounds View would host if it advances that far.

Others

The other Bulletin-area prep soccer squads face much tougher roads in their quest for a state-tournament berth.

Mounds View's boys team is the third seed and hosts sixth-seeded Osseo in the Section 5AA quarterfinals on Thursday. The Mustangs are 9-3-3 but just 3-3-2 in the second half.

After starting the season 6-0-1, Mounds View lost three in a row. The Mustangs bounced back by winning three and tying two in their last five matches.

A win in the quarterfinals sends Mounds View to the semifinals on Saturday against either second-seeded Prairie Seeds Academy or seventh-seeded Centennial. Mounds View would be at home if it plays Centennial in the semifinals.

The Irondale (2-12-1) and Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village (4-9-3) boys teams are seeded ninth and eighth, respectively, in Section 5AA. They play at Spring Lake Park High School on Tuesday at 7 p.m., after deadline for this edition of the Bulletin, for the right to face top-seeded Park Center in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

SLP/SAV beat Irondale 1-0 during the regular season. Both teams lost to Park Center this season.

On the girls side, Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village (2-12-2) is seeded sixth and Irondale (1-11-4) is seventh in Section 5AA. The Panthers play Tuesday at third-seeded and defending section champion Centennial while Irondale faces second-seeded Coon Rapids. SLP/SAV lost 4-0 to Centennial and Irondale fell 1-0 to Coon Rapids during the regular season.

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

 

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