Lakeville North will play Centennial in the Class AA third-place game at 4 p.m. Tuesday
by Andy Rogers
The Class AA girls soccer semifinal game between Wayzata and Lakeville North took a shootout to decide a winner on Monday night at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
The Panthers entered the contest undefeated but fell one shot short in a 1-0 (5-3) shoot-out loss to Wayzata.
“It’s always disappointing to lose in a shoot-out,” co-coach Bulut Ozturk said. “It’s pretty much a coin flip, but congrats to Wayzata. They deserved it.”
Lakeville North’s Erica Elias, Lauren Sherry and Simone Kolander made their penalty kicks, but Wayzata connected on all five chances to win.
The Trojans went on to play in the Class AA final against Burnsville, while Lakeville North will play for third against Centennial on Tuesday.
It was not an ideal way to end the game, but Lakeville North was prepared for it.
“We practiced for a shoot-out,” Ozturk said. “We were preparing for a shoot-out. We were confident that if it came to a shoot-out we would win there.”
Lakeville North, which allowed just six goals in 20 games, and Wayzata, which allowed just 12, are known for playing tight defense.
Wayzata had the upper hand during regulation with 10 shots to Lakeville North’s three. The Trojans also had four corner kicks, including one in the final 10 seconds to Lakeville North’s two. But the teams finished regulation with a 0-0 tie.
“We weren’t on our game today,” Ozturk said. “We wanted to see a little more pressure and possess the ball a little bit more, but the blame goes to us, the coaching staff. The girls played their hearts out.”
In sudden death overtime, the Panthers asserted themselves a little more, but still nothing got through Wayzata. With a little more than a minute left, Lakeville North had a nearly successful header off a corner kick, but Wayzata’s keeper Delane Swanson stopped it just short of the goal.
“It would have been great to win in overtime, but we never panicked,” Ozturk said.
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