WCS U12 girls go from worst to first, advancing to state

Wright County Soccer club’s U12 girls C3 team includes back row from left, Sarah Volden, Olivia Uecker and Jordan Hutchcraft. Middle row, Peyton Diel, Olyvia Boyum, Samantha Campbell, Jada Habisch, Kaylin Strike and Bailey Linna. Front row, Hannah Helmbrecht and Carly Garrett.

Wright County Soccer club’s U12 girls C3 team includes back row from left, Sarah Volden, Olivia Uecker and Jordan Hutchcraft. Middle row, Peyton Diel, Olyvia Boyum, Samantha Campbell, Jada Habisch, Kaylin Strike and Bailey Linna. Front row, Hannah Helmbrecht and Carly Garrett.

BY DAVE PEDERSEN

It was an improbable run for the Wright County Soccer club’s U12 C3 girls soccer team that went from the bottom position in the West District last summer to be league champion this season.

The rise to the top included qualifying for the state tournament being played this week. The state title game is 9 a.m. Saturday, July 26 in Shakopee. First round games were Tuesday and Wednesday in Lakeville, after this issue went to press.

WCS takes a 10-1-1 record to state. To get to state the Rockstars defeated Wayzata 5-1, Edina 4-0 and Eden Prairie 3-1 in the playoffs. Against Wayzata, Jada Habisch scored just 20 seconds into the game.

Coach Andy Frechette said the last few years have been a learning and growing process for the team. Player and parent dedication culminated in the best season ever for the group.

“The girls learned how to work together and truly became a team,” said Frechette. “We lost every game last year but only lost once this year. Good soccer isn’t winning with one person or a set of positions. We had to be strong all around. We also had to be in the right frame of mind or it isn’t going to happen.”

Frechette played soccer for 18 years before knee problems forced him to the sideline. He played in the state high school tourney for St. Cloud Cathedral and was the boys junior varsity coach when the school returned to state.

The Rockstars started the season by winning the Maplebrooke tournament. The team competed at a tournament in Duluth as part of the learning process.

Josh Hutchcraft served as the assistant coach. Because of the success this season, the team will be promoted to the C2 division next season.

 

 

 

 

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