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.
About midway thought the season and coach Paul Anderla has the Anoka girls’ soccer team 2-3-0 (3-5-0 overall) and in sixth place in the Northwest Suburban Conference.
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.
Seventh-ranked Blaine boys’ soccer handed sixth-ranked Anoka a bit of an upset by a 3-1 score at Bengals Stadium Tuesday night.
Coming off a near month-long NASL break, Minnesota United looks to get back on the winning track and regain their NASL form against the Spring Season Champion, Atlanta Silverbacks – the team that clinched the Spring Season crown on United’s home field back in the Spring Season finale on July 4th.
Through the weekend and opening day of the 29th annual Schwan’s USA CUP the competition has been fierce. Conditions have been seasonably warm with an equally strong passion from the global soccer community.