Wayzata’s 2-0 semifinal victory kept the Trojans perfect against Edina while setting up a showdown with fellow unbeaten Stillwater.
Erik Aadalen and Maclane King scored second-half goals and the defense held Edina to just two shots on goal. In three games against Edina this season, Wayzata won 2-0 each time.
With the victory Monday, No. 2 seed Wayzata (18-0-3) advances to play in the championship game at 3 p.m. Thursday against No. 1 Stillwater (21-0). The game will feature contrasting styles. The Ponies score at will while the Trojans’ defense (12 shutouts) breaks the will of opponents.
“Collin [Kubinski] did a great job in net and I thought everyone in front of him did a great job as well,” Wayzata coach Dominic Duenas said. “It’s tough to keep [Edina] off the scoreboard and we’ve been able to do it three times now.”
Knowing the objective — to score goals — didn’t make the job any easier for No. 3 seed Edina (16-4-1) and coach Dave Jenson.
“Their defenders just did what they’ve done all year, and that’s just stay on top of the box,” Jenson said. “It takes a lot of hard soccer to get to the corners on Wayzata and that wore us down a little bit.”
Kubinski praised his back line players for their efforts.
“Our defensemen are amazing this year,” Kubinski said. “Whether it’s picking up their men on the backside or simply staying in front of the forwards, they block as many shots as they can.”
Wayzata won its third meeting with Edina this season, this one in the all-important state tournament semifinal game.
The Trojans scored twice in the second half to earn a 2-0 victory, the third time they beat No. 3 seed Edina (16-4-1) by that score this season.
Wayzata advances to play in the championship game at 3 p.m. Thursday against Stillwater. The game features a showdown of unbeaten teams. No. 1 seed Stillwater is 21-0 while the second-seeded Trojans are 18-0-3.
Wayzata finished second in 2014, 2009 and 2007. The Trojans last won a state title in 2005.
Erik Aadalen scored in the 56th minute and Maclane King doubled the Wayzata lead in the 62nd minute.
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