Title chase continues for Mounds View girls soccer

The Mounds View High School girls soccer team is guaranteed two games to close out its season this week. The second game is on Thursday and could be in one of two locations and the location closest to Mounds View is the one that the Mustangs least want to visit.

Mahtomedi High School is the closer of the two game sites — that's where the third-place game is played. Mounds View would much rather make the trek up to St. Cloud and play for the championship.

In order to do that, Mounds View needed to get past Eagan in the semifinals, which took place Monday, past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.

Mounds View earned the shot at Eagan by taking care of Centennial in the quarterfinals on Oct. 28 at St. Cloud State University's Husky Stadium. The Mustangs, seeded No. 2 in the Class AA state tournament, bounced the unseeded Cougars 2-0.

Following a scoreless first half in which Mounds View didn't surrender a shot, the Mustangs scored twice in the second half to put the game away.

Senior Rachel Boyer scored the game-winner 14 minutes into the second half when she took possession of the ball near midfield, dribbled to within about 15 yards of the goal and drilled a shot into the lower right corner.

"During the game if I start thinking a lot, I start losing the ball," Boyer said. "So right then and there, I just went for it. I saw an opening. My club coach always talks about if you find a tiny spot just rip it."

Mounds View picked up an insurance goal 20 minutes later when Julia Anderson headed in a corner kick from Mariah Northrop.

Defensively, Mounds View played maybe as well as it had all season, which is saying something since the Mustangs gave up only seven goals heading into the state tournament.

"I thought our back line was nice and solid and organized," said Mounds View head coach Terri Patraw.

Centennial was held shot-less for the entire game, giving Mounds View keeper Olivia Elvidge possibly the easiest shutout of her career. Mounds View attempted 14 shots, five were on goal and Centennial goalkeeper Caitlyn Bangert made three saves.

The Eagan team that Mounds View faced on Monday was ranked No. 1 in six of the eight weeks that the coaches association put out its weekly poll.

Awaiting Mounds View on Thursday is either top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Lakeville North or fifth-seeded Eden Prairie. Lakeville North blanked Blaine 2-0 in the quarterfinals while Eden Prairie upset fourth-seeded Wayzata 1-0.

The third-place game is set for 1 p.m. on Thursday at Mahtomedi while the championship game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. at St. Cloud State.

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

Class AA girls soccer tournament

Game 1 — Lakeville North 2, Blaine 0
Game 2 — Eden Prairie 1, Wayzata 0
Game 3 — Mounds View 2, Centennial 0
Game 4 — Eagan 1, Rogers 0

Game 5 — Lakeville North vs. Eden Prairie
Game 6 — Mounds View vs. Eagan

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

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

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