For the third consecutive season, Wayzata and Minneapolis Washburn battled in the Class 2A, Section 6 girls’ soccer final.
After two fortunate bounces, the No. 2 Trojans are headed back to the state tournament for the ninth time in the past 11 years, upending the No. 1 Millers with a 2-1 victory Tuesday night.
Midway through the second half, Trojans’ senior Sophie Triplett won a one-on-one battle near midfield and carried the ball upfield before delivering a well-placed touch pass across the field to Emily Dillon. She slipped the shot past the charging Millers’ goalkeeper.
Less than five minutes later, Trojans junior Eva Bruer took advantage of a failed clearing attempt by the Millers’ defense and launched a shot into the far top corner for a 2-0 Trojans lead with 18 minutes to play.
Class 2A, Section 1: Lakeville North defeated Farmington 5-0 in the section final on goals from Anna Steel, Emma Risteau, Haley Steel, Natellya Henry and Alayna Westerman.
Class 2A, Section 3: Junior Grace Sjoberg’s left-footed shot from 15 yards out caught the inside of the far post and caromed into the net with 37.1 seconds left, giving No. 9-ranked Eagan a 2-1 victory in the section final over Rosemount. The Wildcats junior goalkeeper Megan Plaschko, who has committed to the Gophers, opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 70th minute. The Irish tied it three minutes later when Lauren Bangh deflected Megan Dahl’s crossing pass by Plaschko. The Wildcats’ victory avenged a 2-1 setback to the Irish in the section final a year ago. Eagan won the state championship in 2014 and 2015.
Class 2A, Section 5: After losing the section final to Centennial each of the past two seasons, Maple Grove got its revenge with 3-0 victory this time. Shelby Handberg redirected a shot into the net in the 22nd minute to open the scoring. Mannon McMahon extended the Crimson lead later in the first half. Meredith Haakenson clinched the victory for the Crimson late in the second half. Crimson goalkeeper Sarah Cortez stopped five shots to earn the Crimson’s 14th shutout of the season. The Cougars won the Class 2A state title last season.
Class 2A, Section 7: Erin Becker scored with 2:09 left in overtime to lift Andover past Blaine in the section final
Class 2A, Section 4: Max Stauffer scored on a loose ball in front of the net with 10:50 left to give defending state champion Stillwater a 1-0 victory over Woodbury. Fred LeClair stopped two shots for the shutout.
Class 2A, Section 6: Wayzata scored four goals late in the second half to knock off St. Louis Park 5-1 in the section final. The Trojans’ Patrick Weah netted the game-winner off a corner kick midway through the second half.
Class 2A, Section 7: Forest Lake’s Cinderella run through the section tournament as the seventh seed ended with a 7-1 loss to top-seeded Duluth East in the final.