Four soccer title games set inside Dome for last time

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  • Updated: October 30, 2013 - 10:09 PM
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Matthew Kratz (19) will try to help Eastview win its second Class 2A state title in a row Thursday. The Lightning will play North St. Paul.

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Minnesota high school soccer’s Metrodome era draws to a close Thursday with four games that will crown boys’ and girls’ state champions in Class 2A and 1A.

In 2014 and 2015, the semifinal and championship games will move outside for the first time since 1987 because the Metrodome will be demolished early next year to make room for a new Vikings stadium.

The soccer matches will most likely be held on the St. Cloud State campus, according to the Minnesota State High School League. Some of the state quarterfinals are already played in St. Cloud. A look at Thursday’s championship matchups:

 

CLASS 2A

Boys’ final

Eastview (15-3-1) vs. North St. Paul (19-1-1), 5:30 p.m.

Experience vs. inexperience: Eastview has become the face of boys’ soccer in the past three years. The Lightning is making a third consecutive appearance in the Class 2A championship game and playing for back-to-back titles. North St. Paul is making the program’s first appearance in the championship game. The fourth-seeded Polars advanced past undefeated Prairie Seeds Academy and Andover, which upset No. 1-ranked Minneapolis Southwest in the quarterfinals.

Supporting casts: The state championship will feature some of the state’s elite talent. The Oliver brothers, Tyler and Justin, lead North St. Paul. All-Metro honorees Sam Fluegge and Pierce Erickson have been at the front of Eastview’s program for the past several years. The talented pairs will draw so much defensive attention that the game could be won or lost by supporting casts. North St. Paul received goals from Tyler King and Adam Hildebrandt in its semifinal victory. Jack Teske’s shootout goal secured Eastview’s semifinal victory.

JASON GONZALEZ

Girls’ final

Lakeville North (15-2-3) vs. Minnetonka (16-2-2), 3 p.m.

Best defense against best defender: Lakeville North has become confident that one goal will lead to a win. The Panthers advanced to Thursday’s state title game with 1-0 victories in the first two rounds. Lakeville North’s defense is on a six-game shutout streak, not giving up a goal since Oct. 3. Minnetonka’s Elizabeth Endy, the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year and arguably the state’s top defender, has moved to forward to create more scoring chances for the Skippers in the postseason. Her defense also has been relied on to help secure leads.

Late turnaround: A month ago, neither team in the championship game appeared primed for a title run. Minnetonka started the regular season 10-0-1, then went 1-2-1 and lost out on a Lake Conference championship. Lakeville North had a similar finish. After a 9-1-1 start, the Panthers were 1-1-2 in their final four regular-season game. The late slump cost them a chance at the South Suburban Conference title. Both teams, however, recovered nicely. Lakeville North’s five playoff victories have been by a total score of 11-0, Minnetonka’s by 16-2.

JASON GONZALEZ

 

CLASS 1A

Girls’ final

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