Top-seeded Andover and fifth-seeded Anoka set up an Oct. 10 semifinal clash in the Section 7AA girls soccer tournament by virtue of quarterfinal shutouts Oct. 8.
Andover cruised past eighth-seeded Forest Lake 6-0 as it seeks another trip to the section finals. Mariah Nguyen sparked the Huskies with a hat trick, with Olivia Knoepfle adding two goals and Corynn Grabau one. Keepers Ava Braun and Annie Feine combined on the shutout.
Anoka persevered in a much tighter quarterfinal match on the road, edging fourth-seeded Coon Rapids 1-0 on the strength of a goal by Emma Huelsnitz.
The winner between the two teams will advance to the Oct. 15 championship against the winner between No. 2 Centennial and No. 3 Blaine, at the site of the high seed.
Coon Rapids took big strides throughout the fall in setting itself up for more future success, the biggest win a 2-1 victory over third-ranked Maple Grove to close the regular season Oct. 3. Trailing 1-0 late, Anna Koepke chipped the ball in off of a direct kick, Peyton Taylor pounced, turned and buried a game-tying shot over the Maple Grove keeper.
Moments later, Molly Terebayza was taken down on her way to the goal, giving Coon Rapids a penalty kick opportunity that Koepke converted to give the Cardinals the lead and signature win.
In Section 6A, PACT’s strong regular season carried over into its playoff opener as the sixth-seeded Panthers topped No. 11 Providence Academy 4-2, earning a spot in the quarterfinals against No. 3 Watertown-Mayer Oct. 10. The semifinals are Oct. 12 and the championship is Oct. 15.
In Section 7A, St. Francis earned the No. 3 seed and was scheduled to host No. 14 Legacy Christian Oct. 10. The quarterfinals are Oct. 12, the semifinals Oct. 15 and the finals Oct. 17. Chisago Lakes is the top seed and Cloquet-Carlton is the No. 2 seed.
Coon Rapids’ standout season came to an end with a narrow defeat in the Section 5AA quarterfinals, as the sixth-seeded Cardinals just missed upsetting No. 3 Delano in a 4-3 defeat.
Coon Rapids won its playoff opener 4-3 over No. 11 Anoka after the Tornadoes swept No. 14 Park Center 7-0 in the first round.
In Section 7AA, No. 9 Andover toppled No. 8 Hibbing 5-2 in the first round before falling 7-0 against top-seeded Elk River.
Individual singles and doubles were scheduled to take place throughout the week.
Andover, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Blaine, Spring Lake Park and Totino-Grace were scheduled to race in the NWSC Championships Oct. 10 in Elk River.
St. Francis hosts the Mississippi 8 Championships Oct. 15.
PACT/Legacy was scheduled to race in the MCAA Championships Oct. 10 in Crystal.
Girls swimming and diving
True Team section meets are scheduled to be held Oct. 12, with the State True Team Championships for both Class A and Class AA at the University of Minnesota Oct. 19.
St. Francis graduate Dakotah Lindwurm was the women’s runner-up in the Twin Cities Marathon Oct. 6, finishing in 2:32:49.
Track and field
St. Francis graduate Maggie Ewen finished fourth in the shot put at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.