By Bob San
Throughout the 2012 soccer season, Maple Grove senior forwards Haley Nelson and Kailey Beatt struck fears in opponents’ defenses with their scoring prowess. The two were honored at the recent State Soccer Tournament and All-State Banquet when they made the AA All-State Team.
It was an appropriate end to the high school careers for Nelson and Beatt, who have played soccer together for many years. Familiarity breeds success as the two have developed a unique chemistry that made them very effective on the field.
“Kailey and I first started playing together on a traveling team in fourth grade and we both stayed on that team through our U15 year,” Nelson said. “We’ve also played on the same freshman, JV team, and both got pulled up to varsity as freshmen. It’s amazing how naturally it comes with our play together. We have joked about it many times that we have the “Haley, Kailey combo.'”
The success of Nelson and Beatt helped the Crimson to a banner season, during which they captured the Northwest Suburban Conference championship. Nelson was quick to point out that a total team effort contributed to the Crimson’s success.
“Everyone contributed to our success,” Nelson said. “Casey Autey and Marissa Hamilton both did a great job in goal providing us with a solid backbone. Angie Davison kept the defense in line in the back and provided great talk from the back. Throughout the midfield we had great speed and pressure from Anna Sivanich, Mariah Morrisette, and Michelle Jancaric, who also delivered great balls out to our wings and forwards.”
Nelson, Beatt, Davison, Morrisette and Autey were named all-conference.
Nelson and Beatt will go their separate ways in college — Nelson will go to Mankato State University while Beatt will attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth.