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Photos: Heartbreak at the Bank; Maple Grove Girls Soccer Falls in Final Seconds to Eagan

Nov 03, 2017 06:31AM ● Published by Doug Erlien

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The Maple Grove Crimson and Eagan Wildcats gave fans at U.S. Bank everything they could have asked for in the 2017 Class AA championship girls soccer game. There were fantastic offensive opportunities, amazing saves, and a Eagan Wildcat goal off a corner kick with six seconds remaining in the game.

In the end, the Crimson girls soccer team lost to Eagan 2-1. 

“We’re proud of everything this group accomplished,” Head Coach Ben LeVahn said. “The poise of not having been in the state tournament and to play our way through was big for this group.”

The Crimson took a 1-0 lead at 17:24 of the first half when Meredith Haakenson scored on a header off a free kick. From there, the Crimson seemed to control play, pressuring the Wildcats until late in the first half.

That’s when Eagan scored the equalizer. Jessica Van Wyk scored unassisted on a free kick from 45 yards placing the ball just out of the reach of Crimson goal keeper Sarah Cortez with eight minutes remaining before halftime.

With the score tied at one, the teams traded chances in the second half and with the Crimson pressuring, appeared on the cusp of taking the lead.

“We were making plans for when, not if,” LeVahn said about the second half. “When we get this one, what are we going to shift.”

The second goal never came and with the clock ticking down in the second half and overtime looming, the Eagan Wildcats put one last ball in play in regulation. Ellen Pagois headed the corner kick into the back of the Crimson net giving Eagan the 2-1 lead and the championship.

“Something that the coaches said is it’s never over until it’s over,” Haakenson said about the team being set for the final kick. “It’s something that we’re all going to with we had back.”

The Crimson finish the season with a program best 19-3 record.

 

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