So, Andover coach John Schlichtmann, what lift did your team receive by scoring first against undefeated Stillwater?
“It would have gave us a better lift if they hadn’t scored about a minute later,” Schlichtmann said.
Actually, it took just 16 seconds. After falling behind early Monday in the historic first state tournament game played at U.S. Bank Stadium, Stillwater surged to a 6-1 rout.
No. 4 seed Andover (15-3-2) led in the 8th minute on a goal from Hector Coronado. The play served as a triple espresso for No. 1 seed Stillwater (21-0).
“We kind of snapped out of whatever we were in,” senior defender Patrick Allan said.
Or as Stillwater coach Jake Smothers put it, “We came to realize that we were actually in a soccer game, that this isn’t a tour of U.S. Bank Stadium, that it’s time to start playing soccer.”
Allan tied the game and goals from teammates Kohei Adams and Colman Farrington made it 3-1 at halftime. Adams later completed his hat trick as the Ponies outshot Andover 25-6 overall and 13-4 in shots on goal.
“They have so many kids who can score and do things with the ball,” Andover senior midfielder Alex Gutenberg said. “They just kept moving it around and managed to find the exact spots where we weren’t.”
Disappointed to lose, Gutenberg still enjoyed playing at the Vikings’ $1.1 billion home.
“This was probably the most amazing experience of my life so far,” Gutenberg said.
Stillwater remained undefeated by routing Andover 6-1 on Monday in the historic first state tournament game played at U.S. Bank Stadium.
No. 4 seed Andover (15-3-2) took a lead in the 8th minute on a goal from Hector Coronado. From there, however, it was all Stillwater.
The No. 1 seed Ponies (21-0) answered with a goal from Patrick Allan just 22 seconds later. Goals from Kohei Adams and Colman Farrington made it 3-1 by halftime.
Stillwater advances to play in the championship game at 3 p.m. Thursday and will face the winner of the second semifinal between No. 2 seed Wayzata and No. 3 Edina.
Stillwater last made the final in 1996 when the Ponies won a second-consecutive state championship.
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