Perhaps no two girls’ soccer teams have been more evenly matched over the past two seasons than Blake and Benilde-St. Margaret’s.
The teams have played each other in the past two Class 1A state championship games, with each winning once — Blake in 2011, Benilde-St. Margaret’s in 2012 — by a single goal.
They squared off in a big early-season match on Aug. 27 that featured plenty of top-notch soccer but absolutely nothing decided.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s took a 1-0 lead early in the first half on a goal by Jordan Maddeus and it appeared that goal might hold up.
Blake rallied late, however, and got the equalizer with 7 minutes, 25 seconds left in regulation when Jess Horrick scored her first goal of the season on a feed from Lydia Sutton. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Stay tuned. This rivalry is far from over.
Mistakes cost Edina
Edina’s 21-19 loss at Blaine on Thursday night is further proof of just how important a role turnovers play in a football game.
The Hornets led the Bengals in nearly every statistical category and finished with more than twice the total yards of Blaine (367 for Edina, 181 for Blaine). But Edina quarterback Troy Peterson, who scored all but one of the Hornets points on three rushing touchdowns, threw a pair of interceptions. Edina also fumbled the ball away once. Blaine had no turnovers.
Edina had a shot late in the game, scoring 13 fourth-quarter points, but Peterson was stopped short of the end zone on a two-point conversion try with three minutes to go in the game.
The Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys’ soccer team, ranked No. 2 in the Class?1A preseason coaches poll, bounced back from an uncharacteristic performance in a 4-3 loss to Breck. The Red Knights, who had not given up that many goals in any game since 2009, played a much crisper game in a 1-0 victory over Eden Prairie, which was ranked No. 8 in Class 2A.
Big night at Rockford
Rockford High School will hold the grand opening of newly renovated Rocket Stadium on Friday when the football team plays host to Eden Valley-Watkins at 7 p.m. It will be the first game to be played on the new multipurpose artificial turf field. Rockford also renovated its track.