Winning close games is a sign of a good team but Coon Rapids head coach Jeff DeJoy has seen his share of tense endings to games this season. The Cardinals are 5-0 in games decided by two goals or less. Though two section games have been anything but close, beating Centennial and Osseo/Park Center by a combined 31-21.
Andover girls soccer earned its first trip to the state tournament after edging Coon Rapids 1-0 (4-2 in the shoot-out) for the Section 7AA title Oct. 15.
Defending the goal has been a consistent theme for the Coon Rapids girls’ soccer team all season. The Section 7AA top-seeded Cardinals posted its ninth shutout of the season and third over the last four games in a 1-0 win (3-1 shootout) against No. 4 seed St. Francis Saturday afternoon in Coon Rapids.
Coon Rapids girls’ soccer (5-3-1) has three losses on its schedule, two against teams ranked in the latest state coaches association poll, but it’s a lack of scoring that has coach Jeff DeJoy concerned.
After scoring 35 goals in its first two Section 7 games, Coon Rapids was held to five in a 8-5 loss in to Champlin Park at Irondale June 5.
For the first time in three seasons, Coon Rapids (7-2, 10-3) didn’t win the Northwest Suburban Conference girls’ lacrosse title after a 9-7 loss to Robbinsdale Armstrong (9-0, 11-1) in the final regular season game at Cardinals Stadium May 25.
For the first time this season Coon Rapids girls’ lacrosse was held to single digit goals but managed to top Blaine 8-5 to improve to 7-1 overall, 4-1 in the Northwest Suburban Conference, May 13.