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Mustangs girls soccer still aiming high following stellar season
The Mounds View High School girls soccer team put together probably the best regular season in the history of the program last year. With a solid nucleus returning from that team, the Mustangs are optimistic that the 2014 campaign can be another for the ages.
Mounds View brings back eight starters and 13 letterwinners from last year’s team that entered the state tournament undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state and gave up a total of five goals in 18 victories.
“We believe we will be one of the top teams in the state again,” said head coach Terri Patraw. “There is too much talent at Mounds View right now for us not to be.”
Patraw is back for her second season coaching the Mustangs. She is a Mounds View graduate who went on to play and coach Division I college soccer before returning to coach her high school alma mater.
With three of its four starting defenders returning, it can be expected that the Mustangs will once again be stingy in the goals-against department. The returning defenders are juniors Julia Anderson, Lauren Wilkstrom and Emily Nash. The last line of defense, the goalkeepers, are senior Carlye Wright and junior newcomer Olivia Elvidge.
The team’s offense will be led by juniors Rachel Boyer and Mariah Northrop. Boyer finished among the top goal scorers in the state with 23 to go along with 10 assists while Northrop led Mounds View with 15 assists while also scoring four goals.
At midfield, Mounds View has senior tri-captains Marnie Zilka, Heather Ley and Emmy Michaelson.
“Those three are the heart and soul of our team,” Patraw said.
In addition to Elvidge, Mounds View has seven other newcomers on the roster. They are freshmen Shania Fleming, Isabelle Conlin, Clare Schooley, Grace Kruger, Brittany Benike and Rachel Schoneman and eighth grader Sarah Johnston.
“These young kids are a really talented group that will have a tremendous impact on our program,” Patraw said. “They are both fast and skilled.”
With all the pieces that Patraw has assembled this fall, the goals of the squad remain high. Those goals include defending the Suburban East Conference and Section 5AA championships won last year.
The even bigger goal, however, has to do with the state tournament. Last year, after the unbelievable regular season, Mounds View lost in the state quarterfinals to Eden Prairie. The Mustangs would like to see their stay in the tournament last longer.
The road to the state tournament begins this week as Mounds View opens the regular season with a pair of matches. The Mustangs kick things off Thursday at 7 p.m. with a match at Champlin Park. Game two is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Mustang Stadium against Osseo.
Next week, Mounds View faces a pair of teams that were ranked much of last season in Burnsville and Mahtomedi. Burnsville, which visits Mounds View on Aug. 26, was ranked No. 1 in the second-to-last coaches poll of the season before Mounds View unseated the Blaze in the final week. Mahtomedi, which hosts Mounds View on Aug. 28, was ranked as high as fourth last fall.
Brian Meyers can be reached at email@example.com.
2014 Mounds View High School girls soccer schedule
Aug. 21 at Champlin Park 7 p.m.
Aug. 23 vs. Osseo 1:30 p.m.
Aug. 26 vs. Burnsville 7 p.m.
Aug. 28 at Mahtomedi 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 vs. St. Francis 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 at Maple Grove 1 p.m.
Sept. 9 vs. Forest Lake 5 p.m.
Sept. 11 at Roseville 5 p.m.
Sept. 13 at Minnetonka 3 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Park-Cottage Grove 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 vs. Stillwater 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Centennial 11 a.m.
Sept. 23 vs. White Bear Lake 5 p.m.
Sept. 25 at East Ridge 5 p.m.
Sept. 30 vs. Cretin-Derham Hall 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Woodbury 7 p.m.