Winning traditions are something that take time to build and develop and over the last eight seasons under the direction of now Stillwater head coach Jake Smothers, Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village boys’ soccer developed quite a reputation for winning and being a very tough opponent to eliminate from section play.
One year after making it the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division III National Tournament, the Anoka-Ramsey Community College women’s soccer team is once again making progress toward the ultimate goal: a national championship.
Eighth-ranked Anoka-Ramsey Golden Rams men’s soccer program has grown a lot in four seasons.
The team is coming off a 10-2-3 overall record and 5-0-1 in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference’s Southern Division was within one win of reaching the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III National Tournament before losing to a club from the Chicago, Ill.-area after being ranked as high as fourth in the nation.
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.
Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony started the boys’ soccer season with three wins and two ties but back-to-back losses against high quality opponents, Benilde-St. Margaret’s (2-1 on Sept. 10) and Mounds View (4-0 on Sept. 14) gave the Panthers a dose of reality before hitting the busiest part of their schedule.