Soccer playoffs set

All of the Bulletin-area high school teams are gearing up for the post-season, which starts at various times this week.

Here’s a look at where each team is headed.

 

Irondale boys

The Knights are one of the bigger surprises in high school soccer this fall. Irondale won just twice last season and started off 2016 with five straight losses but earned rebounded to earn a home playoff game.

After losing its first five games, Irondale went on a seven-game (4-0-3) unbeaten streak. The Knights won just one of their final four matches to finish the regular season with a record of 5-8-3.

The Knights, seeded fourth, open the Section 5AA playoffs on Oct. 15 with a 3 p.m. home game against fifth-seeded Roseville (4-6-5). 

Irondale is playing its first home playoff game since earning the No. 2 seed in Section 5AA in 2013. The Knights ended up losing 2-1 in overtime to seventh-seeded Champlin Park in that match.

The Knights’ most recent post-season win came in 2007, when they upset Osseo in the first round of the 5AA playoffs.

 

Irondale girls

The Knights are the No. 8 seed in Section 5AA and open the playoffs on Oct. 13 at top-seeded Centennial (12-0-3). Centennial beat Irondale 6-0 during the regular season.

Irondale enters the post-season with only two victories but one did come last week. The Knights beat visiting Elk River 3-0 on Oct. 6. Their other win this season was a 2-1 victory over Park Center on August 30.

Scoring goals has been a challenge for Irondale this fall. The Knights scored eight goals in the regular season and five of those came in their two wins. Of their 14 losses, 11 were shutouts.

 

Mounds View boys

The Mustangs struggled through a rough regular season that saw them win only five matches. The good news is that two of them came last week, possibly giving them some momentum heading into the post-season.

Mounds View beat Woodbury 1-0 and Park-Cottage Grove 4-1 last week to snap a 10-game winless streak that dated back to Sept. 8. The Mustangs’ other three wins came in their first four games as they beat Irondale, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton and Duluth East in consecutive contests.

The Mustangs are the No. 8 seed in Section 5AA and open the post-season at home on Oct. 13 against ninth-seeded Osseo. 

 

Mounds View girls

The Mustangs started out well and were ranked as high as No. 2 in Class AA but a four-game losing streak toward the end of the season dropped them out of the rankings. 

Mounds View is the No. 3 seed in Section 4AA and hosts fifth-seeded Roseville in the quarterfinals on Oct. 11. Mounds View beat the Raiders 2-0 during the regular season.

At one point this season, Mounds View had lost only once in its first 11 games. Then came a four-game losing streak to Cretin-Derham Hall, White Bear Lake, Stillwater and Eden Prairie. Mounds View snapped the losing skid with a 3-0 win over Park-Cottage Grove in the regular-season finale on Oct. 6.

 

St. Louis Park/St. Anthony 

Both of the Panthers teams are on the road in the first round of the section playoffs. The boys are seeded seventh in Section 5AA and play at second-seeded Champlin Park on Oct. 15. 

Champlin Park beat the Panthers 2-1 on Oct. 3.

The girls are seeded fifth in Section 5AA and visit fourth-seeded Coon Rapids on Oct. 13. The Panthers lost to Coon Rapids 2-0 on Sept. 29.

 

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

 

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