STMA United Soccer sends multiple teams to state

STMA Utd S.C. is proud to announce that four teams have qualified for this years State Championships.

It has been a long season for all our teams, but these four have done exceptionally well in their brackets to make it through.

U14 Girls coached by Tomas Rodriguez came out of the blocks relatively slow this season with the first four league games resulting in two wins and two draws. However, when June hit they spent the rest of the season undefeated and topping the table. This also means that they will be playing C1 soccer next season. To make it through playoffs the girls beat out Eden Prairie, 2-0, Tonka Utd 1-0 and finally Maplebrook 1-0. The U15 Girls coached by local legend and STMA Alumni Emmy Johnson took a similar path to State. They started off the season with two losses only to remain unbeaten the remainder of the season and giving up 3 goals in these games. The girls won their league on goal differential and will also play C1 soccer next season. Their path to state started where they beat out West Tonka 5-0. The next day they took on Wayzata and dispatched them with ease, 3-0. The final hurdle, Minneapolis Utd where beaten tonight 3-1 and the girls could finally celebrate going to state.

“Our U15 Boys coached by Mike Baldwin have had an absolutely cracking year,” STMA Director of Coaching Roger Derham said.

This season saw the boys step up to the C2 bracket and have done exceptionally well. In league play the team won all their games, bar one drawing 0-0. They conceded only 4 goals all season and scoring a massive 47 goals in league play (that’s 4.7 goals scored per game). To make it to state they had to beat out Edina, which they did 3-1.

“What a truly amazing season thus far, congratulations to all,” Derham said.

The U17 girls coached by Chas Billin went about qualifying the hard way. With a challenging league season that resulted in a number of games being narrowly beaten our by a goal, they ended regular play with a 3W-5L-2T. This meant they had to play and extra qualifying game on Saturday morning. They went on to win 4-1.

“With having to play the extra game also meant they had to play the same day against Waconia (#1 seed) who had only lost one game all season, until they met our U17 all stars,” Derham said.

In a very tight game the final score ended 1-1, which meant the game went into a penalty shoot out.

“The girls showed great character and nerve to WIN to take them into the next round,” Derham said.

The winner of the next game versus Eden Prairie would take them to state. The losing team would have second shot in a North vs West show down to claim a second seed place. In a very close game they lost out to Eden Prairie 1-0 but that second shot tonight.

“The team performed excellently, winning 3-0. Making four STMA Utd teams going to State,” Derham said.