November 03, 2018 12:23 AM
Minnetonka was the No. 5 seed to begin the Class AA tournament on Oct. 23 at Prior Lake High School. The Skippers outlasted No. 4 Maple Grove for a 2-1 shootout victory in the quarterfinals. A week later, Minnetonka needed a shootout as well to record the upset of the season with a 1-0 victory over top-seeded Eagan, the defending Class AA champion.
The toppling of higher-seeded opponents culminated with a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Wayzata in the Class AA championship game on Nov. 2 at U.S. Bank Stadium. It was the third championship for the Skippers and first since 2013. The other came in 2001. Minnetonka (16-4-1) is 3-0 in championship game appearances.
Wayzata (17-4-0) was attempting to match Mahtomedi, who earlier in the day had won its state-best eighth championship with a victory over Orono in the Class A title game.
Senior forward Riley Brackin scored the only goal the Skippers would need in the 28th minute when she took a through-ball from senior midfielder Grace Weisman on a diagonal run. Wayzata mounted continuous surges, especially in the second half when they held a 14-1 advantage in shots. Wayzata outshot Minnetonka 18-4. Wayzata senior goalkeeper Paige Kahlmeyer made 10 saves.
It was Minnetonka’s first victory in three matches with Wayzata during the 2018 season. During Lake Conference matches, Wayzata recorded a 4-0 victory on Sept. 17 and a 2-0 win on Oct. 2.
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Updated: November 03, 2018 12:23 AM
Created: November 02, 2018 06:55 PM
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