Mounds View girls soccer looking for similarities to end

The Mounds View High School girls soccer team is going to the state tournament. (courtesy of Ann Nash Photography)
The Mounds View High School girls soccer team is going to the state tournament. (courtesy of Ann Nash Photography)

As the season progressed it was more and more difficult to ignore the similarities between the 2015 Mounds View High School girls soccer team and the 2013 squad. Both teams had powerful offenses and stingy defenses that put up similar numbers. They both finished the regular season unbeaten and cruised through the section playoffs. Even their seed in the state tournament and the location of the first state-tournament matches were the same.

That's about as far as this year's Mounds View team wants the similarities to go. Two years ago the Mustangs lost in the quarterfinals and are ready to make that different this year.

In order to do that, Mounds View must get past a familiar foe in the first round on Wednesday. The second-seeded Mustangs take on Section 5AA champion and unseeded Centennial at 5:30 p.m. at St. Cloud State University.

Mounds View head coach Terri Patraw also coached the 2013 team and believes the experience from two years ago will help this time around.

"This is just a more veteran team," Patraw said. "We have more seniors than we did that year. That team was really talented but it was new to everybody to be at state. Now we have a lot more veteran savvy this year."

In 2013, Mounds View was also the No. 2 seed and wound up facing an experienced Eden Prairie team that had also been to state the previous year. The Eagles jumped out to a two-goal lead and held on to win 2-1.

"We got a really tough draw that year and then lost a player right away to a major injury," Patraw said.

Mounds View missed the state tournament last year as injuries sidelined three of its top players. Rachel Boyer, who scored 25 goals as a sophomore, was one of those players lost for the season due to an Achilles injury. Her sister Emily also missed 2014 because of a knee injury.

Both are back and have been healthy all year. Rachel again leads the team in goals with 24 and she also has nine assists. Last week she was named a finalist for the Class AA Ms. Soccer award.

"We definitely learned from Eden Prairie in the quarterfinals so I feel like we're a lot smarter and a lot more experienced," Rachel Boyer said. "That was our first year going to state so we didn't really know what to expect and how to play. I feel like this year we’re going to take it to them right away."

Senior Mariah Northrop is second on the team in goals with 18 and also has a team-leading 23 assists. Northrop earlier this season broke the school record for career assists. She is also the only player on the roster with a state-tournament goal after notching Mounds View's only score against Eden Prairie two years ago.

Centennial is one of the surprises in the tournament this year. The Cougars were the third seed in Section 5AA but upset second-seeded Coon Rapids and top-seeded Maple Grove to reach state. The Cougars are in the state tournament for the second year in a row after beating Mounds View in the section final last year.

A win over Centennial would send Mounds View to the semifinals — something only one team in school history has accomplished — on Monday back in St. Cloud. That game would be against either second-seeded and defending state champion Eagan or unseeded Rogers.

The top seed is Lakeville South, Wayzata is the fourth seed and Eden Prairie is seeded fifth. The other unseeded team is Blaine, which advanced to state as the No. 6 seed in Section 7AA.

The third-place and championship games are Nov. 5 at Mahtomedi High School and St. Cloud State, respectively.

Section final

After dispatching Tartan and White Bear Lake in the first two rounds of the Section 4AA playoffs, Mounds View took on an upstart Stillwater team in the section final. The Ponies were the No. 6 seed but pulled off upsets of third-seeded North St. Paul and second-seeded East Ridge.

Mounds View did not take Stillwater lightly, however.

"Quite honestly, this team played us as well anyone all year," Patraw said. "We didn't really ever talk about them being a six seed. I was nervous. They played us really gritty the first time we played them."

Mounds View won the regular-season match-up against Stillwater 1-0 but the section final wasn't close. The Mustangs scored twice in the first half and rolled in the second half to an 8-1 victory.

Rachel Boyer had a monster game with four goals and two assists.

"Every game I want to play my best," Boyer said. "I don't have a set amount of goals I want to score but it's really cool to be able to do that tonight."

Northrop added a goal and two assists and Mounds View's other goals came from Julia Anderson, Emily Nash and Lauren Wikstrom. Grace Kruger, Emily Boyer, Anderson and Shania Fleming also recorded assists.

Mounds View improved to 8-1 in section playoff games under Patraw.

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


Class AA girls soccer state tournament

Seed, record in parentheses

Quarterfinals
Thursday at Chisago Lakes High School

Game 1 — Blaine (Unseeded, 8-6-5) vs. Lakeville North (No. 1, 16-1), 5:30 p.m.
Game 2 — Eden Prairie (No. 5, 13-3-3) vs. Wayzata (No. 4, 14-4-1), 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday at St. Cloud State University
Game 3 — Centennial (Unseeded, 13-3-2) vs. Mounds View (No. 2, 18-0-1)
Game 4 — Rogers (Unseeded, 15-3-1) vs. Eagan (No. 3, 16-2-1)

Semifinals, Nov. 2 at St. Cloud State University
Game 5 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 9 a.m.
Game 6 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 11 a.m.

Third-place game, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. at Mahtomedi High School
Game 7 — Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser

Championship game, Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m. at St. Cloud State
Game 8 — Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner

Section 4AA girls soccer playoffs

Quarterfinals
Game 1 — Mounds View 8, Tartan 0
Game 2 — White Bear Lake 3, Woodbury 2, OT
Game 3 — Stillwater 2, North St. Paul 1
Game 4 — East Ridge 5, Roseville 0

Semifinals
Game 5 — Mounds View 3, White Bear Lake 0
Game 6 — Stillwater 4, East Ridge 3, SO

Championship game
Game 7 — Mounds View 8, Stillwater 1


State tournament teams

Section 1AA champion — Lakeville North

Record: 16-1, Goals for: 41, Goals against: 3

Notes — Have won 12 in a row and haven’t given up a goal in that streak; 15 shutouts total. South Suburban Conference champion.

 

Section 2AA champion — Eden Prairie

Record: 13-3-3, Goals for: 31, Goals against: 9

Notes — 11 shutouts. Avenged a regular-season loss by beating Chanhassen in the section final. Finished second in the Lake Conference.

 

Section 3AA champion - Eagan

Record: 16-2-1, Goals for: 58, Goals against: 11

Notes — 11 shutouts. Beat eighth-ranked Burnsville in the section final. Finished second in the South Suburban Conference. Ranked as high as third in the USA Today national rankings earlier this season.

 

Section 4AA champion — Mounds View

Record: 18-0-1, Goals for: 87, Goals against: 7

Notes — Only undefeated team in the state. Had streak of seven consecutive shutouts; 13 total shutouts. Suburban East Conference champion. Ranked 14th nationally in the USA Today rankings.

 

Section 5AA champion - Centennial

Record: 13-3-2, Goals for: 42, Goals against: 5

Notes — Upset top-seeded Maple Grove in the section final. Finished fifth in the Northwest Suburban Conference 12 shutouts.

 

Section 6AA champion - Wayzata

Record: 14-4-1, Goals for: 53, Goals against: 16

Notes — Lake Conference champion. Beat fourth-ranked Minneapolis Washburn in the section final. 10 shutouts.

 

Section 7AA champion - Blaine

Record: 8-6-5, Goals for: 23, Goals against: 20

Notes — Seeded sixth in its section; upset top-seeded St. Francis in the section final. Finished eighth in the Northwest Suburban Conference.

 

Section 8AA champion - Rogers

Record: 15-3-1, Goals for: 74, Goals against: 20

Notes — 11 shutouts. Mississippi 8 Conference champion.

 

 

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