An attacking style enabled the Fridley boys’ soccer team to score a total of 39 goals during an eight-game winning streak.
Junior forward Ivan Aquino Villalta led the way with 12 goals, junior midfielder Sharmake Nur had 10. Triggering the attack was senior midfielder Esteban Badillo, the state’s leader in assists with 13.
“We have an attacking six that has played together for about three years and they are very offenive-minded,” Tigers coach William Totimeh said. “They are a group of very technically gifted players.”
With all the attention paid to Stillwater’s top-ranked boys’ soccer team, the girls have toiled in relative obscurity. No more. The Ponies (11-1) shot up four spots to No. 2 in the most recent coaches rankings.
Leading scorers Kallie Clements (12 goals) and Julia Bernard (10) pace the offense. Goalkeeper Evie Kohn conceded just four goals and posted nine shutouts in the first 12 games.
Woodbury senior Jalen Morrison recently made a verbal commitment to the North Dakota football team.
He ranked second on the team in rushing through four games with 101 yards.
He missed Woodbury’s victory against Forest Lake while recovering from a concussion sustained the previous week.
David LA Vaque