THERE was also a plethora of girls State Cup action at Isanti at the weekend with games from U15 to U18 coming thick and fast.
In Group A at U15, Eden Prairie will feel they have one foot in the semi-finals thanks to two 5-0 wins over Dakota Rev and MapleBrook while North Metro defeated MapleBrook 1-0 but succumbed to Dakota Rev 2-0 on Sunday.
St Croix are the front runners in Group B after they recorded wins over Minnesota Thunder North (3-2) and Centennial SC (7-0) to lead the way. In the other games, Edina had a fine 3-0 win over Centennial on Saturday but fell to Thunder North on Sunday, losing 3-1 to dent their hopes of qualification.
Group C saw Thunder Elite overcome Lakeville 8-2 and Dakota Rev secured a 2-0 win over Plymouth on Saturday, while on Sunday Dakota continued their good form with a 2-0 over Thunder Elite while Lakeville and Plymouth played out a 0-0 tie.
At U16, Thunder Elite have the advantage in Group A thanks to a 7-0 win over Woodbury and a 4-0 defeat of North Metro. Wayzata opened with a 3-0 win against Metro but failed to keep pace with Thunder Elite after they were held to a scoreless draw with Wayzata and must now defeat Thunder to finish on top of the pile.
Group B is all to play for as Burnsville Fire hold a slender advantage at the top after they tied 1-1 on Saturday with Chan/Chaska but followed this with a 2-0 victory over Eden Prairie on Sunday. This was a disappointment for EP following their opening 2-1 win over Minneapolis United who enjoyed a 3-1 win over Chan/Chaska on Sunday to leave things tight heading into the final round.
Things couldn’t be more different in Group C as Twin Cities Fire lead the way thanks to 1-0 and 3-0 victories over Blackhawks and Tonka United respectively. Tonka and Plymouth played out a 1-1 tie on Saturday but PSA gave themselves a chance to overtake TCF if they defeat the group leaders in the final game thanks to their 4-1 win over Blackhawks on Sunday.
With four groups at U17 only the winners of each section advance to the semi-finals and in Group A it seems Thunder Elite (19) have secured top spot thanks to their 5-0 and 6-0 wins over Shattuck-St Mary’s (18) and Wayzata. Dakota Rev (C1) opened with a 1-0 win over Wayzata but their 4-0 defeat to Shattuck on Sunday means they must defeat the leaders in their final game to have any chance of qualification.
Group B has a similar feel as St Croix lead they way after victories over Northern Lights (5-0) and Dakota Rev (4-1). Dakota had a 4-0 opening win over Twin Cities Fire who made amends the following day thanks to their 3-2 defeat of Northern Lights.
Thunder East lead the way in Group C after picking up maximum points over Twin Cities Fire (C1) (1-0) and Plymouth (5-0) at the weekend. Eagan Wave would have hoped to be in contention after a 5-0 opening victory against PSA but failed to build on this performance as they lost to TCF 1-0 on Mothers Day.
Group D has been decided following Thunder Elite’s (MW) 1-0 win over Eden Prairie on Sunday. Both sides enjoyed opening wins as EP defeated Tonka United 2-0, and Thunder had a 1-0 win over Minneapolis United heading into the game. EP will look back at the game on Sunday and wonder just how they lost as they enjoyed the bulk of possession and chances but were stung by a goal early in the second half from Thunder Elite who were able to hang on for the victory. Their passage is secure thanks to the head-to-head record along with Tonka and United’s goalless draw.
With just two groups at U18, the semi-finals will incorporate the top two from each section as Eden Prairie and St Croix already looked to have booked their places in the knockout stage.
Eden Prairie lead the way in Group A thanks to wins over Thunder Elite (1-0) and Wayzata (2-0), while on Saturday Shattuck got off to a great start with a well deserved 1-0 win over Wayzata. Shattuck scored the only goal of the game in the first half after a superb cross from the right was turned in. They could have added to their tally but Wayzata held firm and indeed had chances themselves to level but St Mary’s were full value for their win in the end. However, Shattuck were unable to repeat the trick the following day as they fell to Thunder Elite (1-0) – a result that keeps the group alive.
In Group B, St Croix scored 3-1 victories over both Eastside SC and Bloomington Youth to put one foot into the semi-finals. Both sides will go head to head in their final game with the second semi-final place up for grabs after both defeated Three Rivers – 5-3 and 5-1 respectively – to set-up a mouth watering winner takes all clash on Sunday.