WITH the weekend’s severe weather playing havoc with sporting fixtures throughout the state, the Minnesota State Cup also fell victim to the monsoon like conditions.
Just a handful of scheduled games actually took place with all of Sunday’s listed championship deciders cancelled as torrential rain, thunder and lightening as well as a tornado alert ensured that the safety of players had to be taken into account.
None of the planned boys’ semi-finals were able to take place and have now been re-fixed for Saturday, June 4, with the finals now down for decision a day later.
Some games did manage to go ahead and on Friday, the final group games in the girls U13 category were completed although Saturday’s semi-finals were also put back by two weeks.
In Group A, Minnesota Thunder West’s 1-0 win over Tonka United made little difference as United still advanced as group winners thanks to their earlier win over Thunder Elite who signed-off with a 6-2 victory over Prior Lake. Elite missed out due to the head-to-head tie break.
Tonka will now face Minneapolis United from Group D who finished their group campaign with a 100% record thanks to their 4-1 defeat of Thunder North, while Arsenal enjoyed a 2-1 win over Plymouth to complete the section.
The other semi-final will be between the winners of Groups B and C who were Dakota Rev (2) and Centennial Soccer Club.
In Group B, a 1-0 win for Rev’s second string over their first team ensured they pipped their club mates to top spot in the group as they advanced with a point to spare, while a 0-0 draw between Woodbury and St Croix was the other result in the group.
It was goal-difference that ensured Centennial emerged from Group C at the expense of Eagan Wave and Eden Prairie as all three sides finished with six points.
Wave’s 4-0 win over Burnsville Fire was not enough as a 2-0 win for Centennial over EP ensured they would advance to the semi-finals.
The planned final group games at U14 girls were also victim to the weather and will now be played tomorrow (Wednesday) with a 6pm start, and the U15 semi-finals have also been rescheduled for June 4 as there will be no soccer action this weekend as it is the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Some semi-finals did manage to be completed early on Saturday morning, and at U16, Wayzata overcame Twin Cities Fire 2-1 to book their place in the championship game against Minnesota Thunder East who extinguished Burnsville Fire’s hopes of glory with a 3-1 win.
The final was due to be played on Sunday but will now be decided on Sunday, June 5.
This will also be the case with the girls U17 and U18 categories that both managed to squeeze in their semi-final ties but were unable to play their deciders.
At U17, Thunder East enjoyed a 2-1 win over Thunder Elite (1) and will meet St Croix who dispatched the Elite second string by 3-1.
Eden Prairie’s U18 continued their impressive march through the competition as they eased to a 4-1 win over Bloomington and it will be St Croix who has the task of trying to stop the pre-tournament favourites in the championship game after they secured a 2-0 win over Thunder Elite on Saturday morning.