Seventh-ranked Blaine boys’ soccer handed sixth-ranked Anoka a bit of an upset by a 3-1 score at Bengals Stadium Tuesday night.
Quality play is one way to describe the potential for boys’ soccer this fall, given the Class AA state runner-ups (Blaine) return several players alongside traditional powerhouse Anoka.
Among the story lines coming into the season ranging from Blaine looking to return to state, Anoka breaking through to state and Andover repeating its second place finish in the Northwest Suburban Conference standings including a 13-win regular season.
Blaine’s magical 2012 boys’ soccer season came to a close Thursday as the Bengals (16-4-1) lifted the runner-up trophy after Eastview (15-2-5) won the Class AA State Championship finals 3-2 at Metrodome. Early scoring put the Lighting ahead only 2:12 into the contest before Blaine’s Mitch Boege put in a loose rebound four minutes later [...]
Defending Class AA state champion Wayzata (16-2-2) showed why it deserves to play in the state championship game following a 4-1 win over Blaine (15-5-1) in the semifinals Oct. 30.
Blaine has a chance to do something of a first at Blaine – win a state soccer championship. The Bengals trailed 1-0 in the opening 15 minutes after Bloomington Jefferson converted a penalty kick only to respond with three goals in a 3-1 final in the Class AA semifinal game played at Mall of America Field at Metrodome Oct. 29.
Blaine senior Mitch Boege scored twice in the second half as the Bengals upset No. 1 seed Champlin Park 2-1 in the Class AA State Quarterfinals played at Park, Cottage Grove Oct. 25.