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Photos: Maple Grove Girls Soccer Ready for Biggest Tests of the Season

Sep 10, 2017 10:25PM ● Published by Doug Erlien

Maple Grove defeated Spring Lake Park 3-0. Photo by Maple Grove Voice

Gallery: Maple Grove 3 Spring Lake Park 0 [29 Images] Click any image to expand.

The 2017 Maple Grove Senior High Girls Soccer season couldn't have started better.

The Crimson have started with six straight victories, including their 3-0 victory over Spring Lake Park on Saturday, Sept. 9. Maple Grove picked up their first goal on a great centering pass to sophomore Abby Schulte (3) in the first half. Senior Meredith Haakenson scored her sixth goal of the season later in the half to give the Crimson a 2-0 lead heading into the half. 

The second half saw more of the same offensive pressure as the Crimson controlled the ball and picked up their third goal of the game when junior Mannon McManon scored her fourth goal of the season. 

Sophomore goal keeper Sarah Cortez picked up her sixth shutout victory in the win. 

(Photos above)

Big Week Ahead

Admittedly, the team has had Tuesday, Sept. 12 circled on their calendar all summer.

It's the day they face Centennial - game time is 7 p.m. Tuesday at Maple Grove Senior High. 

While Head Coach Ben LeVahn points out that most of his players in his 16 seasons as head coach haven’t carried revenge type feelings from year to year, but added that the Crimson are sick and tired of hearing about the Cougars.

A year ago, the Crimson appeared ready to make their first state tournament appearance as they led Centennial 2-1 with seven minutes left before watching the Cougars score to force overtime, then score to advance en route to winning a state championship.

Off to their best start in their 21 year history, the Crimson are 6-0 and although the start is not surprising, they have yet to give up a single goal. The game against Centennial is the first in a pair of hurdles this week.

Senior captain Emma Travis suffered an ACL injury last year and has watched her teammates strong start to the season. She knows the Centennial game is huge from a mental perspective.

“This year we have the capability to beat them,” Travis said. “After last year, losing in the section final, we just don’t want to put up with it anymore.”

Then on Saturday, Sept. 16, the Crimson travel to Washburn to face the Millers. Washburn enters the week 6-0 as well and the match up provides a battle of the second and third ranked teams in the state.

“It will be fun to have a playoff feel,” Levahn said. “There will be a different edge to the game and it’s fun to have those in early September.” 

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