BY DAVE PEDERSEN
The girls on the Wright County Soccer club’s U15 C2 team was not ready to claim a third straight second place tournament finish when playing for the title of the Eden Prairie Cup tourney Sunday.
Coach Andrew Taylor said his team had extra incentive when going 5-0 to capture the championship when outscoring opponents 12-1. The team had taken second at tournaments in Plymouth and Brooklyn Park.
The Blue Lightening includes players from Rockford, Delano and Buffalo. There were three brackets of four teams playing a round robin in pool play. WCS defeated St. Louis Park 4-1, Waseca 2-0 and Rochester 1-0.
The top team from each bracket advanced to the playoffs. The Blue Lightening faced Lakeville in the semifinals, a team that also went 3-0 in pool play. WCS won 2-0 before defeating another Rochester team 3-0 in the title game.
“I think we played stronger as the team went along,” said Taylor, who also is President of the Wright County Soccer Association. “Most of the players have been together since they were 9. They have slowly progressed and have a goal to move up to the C-1 level next year.”
Taylor said his defense came up big in this tourney, as did goalie Paige James who posted four shutouts in five games. Paige Pettit anchored the defense.
At the other end of the field, Abby Munsterteiger scored two of the three goals in the final. Allie Kurre was the leading scorer in the tournament with five goals.
Most of the WCS players will take part in the annual MVP Summer Camp, July 15-19. The camp is open to players age 6 to 17.
Then comes the district tournament. The WCS U15 team is 5-2-2 in the tough West Division. The top six teams from the district tourney advance to state at the end of July. This group of players has not yet played in a state tourney.