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Maple Grove Senior High Girls Soccer Chase for State Championship Continues

Oct 31, 2017 08:31PM ● By Doug Erlien
For Maple Grove and Lakeville North, 100 minutes wasn’t enough to determine who would advance to the 2017 Class AA girls soccer championship game.

The Crimson, making their first appearance in the state tournament, needed a shootout to secure the victory and send them to the championship game defeating the Panthers 1-0 Tuesday, Oct. 31.

“I felt the past three seasons of coming close was big,” Crimson Head Coach Ben LeVahn said. “This group has become really close and they trust and support each other.”

Deadlocked and scoreless after regulation and sudden death overtime, the teams headed to a shootout where the Crimson proved once again in a magical season they had yet another trick.
Lakeville North missed their first two shots and the Crimson capitalized. Juniors Mia Omar and Jasmine Gates found the back of the net giving Maple Grove the 2-0 lead. The Panthers closed the gap on a Natellya Henry made shot. With the score 2-1, Ms. Soccer and the MN player of the year Meredith Haakenson sent the Crimson to the championship with a 1-0 victory. 

“That’s big in these big game situations,” LeVahn said. “There’s been a lot leading to this point and they weren’t going to let it slip away.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Cortez registered her seventh shutout in her past nine games in goal for the Maple Grove.

The Crimson will face Eagan in the championship game on 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at US Bank Stadium.


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