By Matthew Davis
Sun Press Newspapers
Tyler Ezell scored two goals as Anoka-Hennepin won its first PI state adapted soccer championship since 2007 on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Ezell and company had been close to a title before as recently as last year in a 2-1 loss to Robbinsdale-Hopkins-Mound Westonka, but the Mustangs finished victorious this time with a 9-0 unbeaten season. A District 11-wide co-op including Champlin Park, Anoka-Hennepin beat the Robins 2-0, ending the program’s seven-year reign at the top.
The Mustangs also swept the Robins in three meetings this season with the other two coming by a goal each time. The Robins finished 8-3 as all three of their losses came against the state champions.
Anoka-Hennepin cruised through the tournament earlier with a 6-0 semifinal win over fourth-place Park Center in the morning on Nov. 21 and a 9-1 rout over South Suburban on Friday, Nov. 20. Ezell and Hana France both scored two goals against Park Center, which helped the Mustangs roll to a 5-0 first-half lead. Stevey France and Mohammed Sahel each had two goals in the quarterfinal win over South Suburban in addition to Ezell’s pair.
Mustangs CI team takes third at state
Anoka-Hennepin also did well in the CI adapted soccer state tournament on Nov. 20-21 at Stillwater with a third-place finish.
The Mustangs beat Minneapolis Roosevelt 12-8 in the third-place game on Nov. 21 to bounce back from a tough 1-goal loss to state runner-up North Suburban earlier in the day. Cole Denny scored a hat trick for the Mustangs in the semifinals, but his team fell 5-4 in the end.
Denny had a big tournament overall with a hat trick in the quarterfinals on Nov. 20 as the Mustangs beat defending state champion South Washington Country 7-3. Jean Achicha and Tyler Baron also chipped in for the Mustangs with two goals apiece.
Anoka-Hennepin finished 10-3 for the season.
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