New stadium is the goal for Mounds View girls soccer

Six years ago, the Mounds View High School girls soccer program entered the season having qualified for six of the previous nine state tournaments. Each time, the Mustangs lost in the state quarterfinals and were denied a chance to play in the Metrodome for the semifinals.

The 2016 team has a similar goal but it’s not bearing the weight of such a long streak. They even posed for a preseason team photo with one of the players holding a sign reading “#roadtothebank.”

“The girls have a goal to make it to state to have the opportunity to play in the new U.S. Bank Stadium,” said Mounds View head coach Katelynn Fast.

To get to play in the new stadium, teams must advance to the state semifinals. Twice in school history has Mounds View’s girls soccer advanced that far. The first was in 2010 and the second came last year.

There are nine players from last year’s roster back to take another shot at the state tournament. Five of those returners are starters.

Last year’s team allowed only seven goals in the regular season and among the defensive players who return are junior captain Elle Conlin and sophomore Sarah Johnston. Also returning are juniors Grace Kruger, who is also a captain; Emma Bangert and Shania Fleming.

Other returning varsity players include senior captain Hannah Van Sickle, junior Lucia Ranallo and senior Mary Wilhelmy. Newcomers expected to fill in some of the holes lefty by graduation include senior Sophia Marvin and juniors Lydia Bangert and Sarah Wendt.

Mounds View scored 68 goals in the regular season last year and more than half came off the feet (or heads) of seniors. Emma Bangert is the leading returning scorer after posting seven goals and five assists.

Fast likes the offensive potential of the team despite the loss of so many goals from last year.

“Our central midfield group is blessed enough to play club soccer together and really understand how to play with and off of each other,” said Fast. “We have speed up top and in the back and players who are willing to take shots from anywhere.”

In addition to winning the section tournament last year, Mounds View also captured the Suburban East Conference. Fast expects the conference schedule to be a grind again.

“Every game will be a battle,” Fast said of the Suburban East.

Mounds View opened the defense of the conference title on Aug. 31 with a home game against Woodbury and won 2-1. It was the Mustangs’ third victory in four games.

Mounds View opened the season on Aug. 25 with an 8-0 win over Champlin Park and followed that up with a 3-1 victory over Maple Grove, which began the season ranked fifth in the state in Class AA.

The only non-victory in Mounds View’s first four games was a 0-0 draw against Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village. No overtime was played in that game because of lightning in the area.

The 3-0-1 start has Mounds View up to No. 2 in the Class AA rankings, behind only defending state champion Eagan. The Mustangs began the season tied for sixth with Wayzata in the state rankings.

Mounds View is back in action three times this week, starting with a road trip to Rogers on Sept. 6. The Mustangs follow that up with a trip to Mahtomedi on Sept. 8 and then host Coon Rapids on Sept. 10.

 

The new coach

Fast took over for Terri Patraw, who coached the Mustangs the previous three seasons. Fast was an assistant to Patraw for all three years. 

 

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

 

2016 Mounds View High School girls soccer schedule

Aug. 25 at Champlin Park 5 p.m.

Aug. 27 at Maple Grove 1 p.m.

Aug. 29 at Spring Lake Park/SAV 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 vs. Woodbury 6 p.m.

Sept. 6 at Rogers 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Mahtomedi 7 p.m.

Sept. 10 vs. Coon Rapids 3 p.m.

Sept. 13 at Forest Lake 7 p.m.

Sept. 15 at Roseville 5 p.m.

Sept. 17 vs. North St. Paul 3 p.m.

Sept. 20 vs. East Ridge 7 p.m.

Sept. 22 vs. Cretin-Derham Hall 5 p.m.

Sept. 27 at White Bear Lake 5 p.m.

Sept. 29 at Stillwater 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Eden Prairie 11 a.m.

Oct. 6 vs. Park-Cottage Grove 7 p.m.

 

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