Wayzata vs. Blake

7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12

Wayzata was cruising along without a care in the world to start the season. Three games, two wins, one tie.

Easy, peasy.

Then the Trojans, who finished second in last year’s Class 2A state tournament, were tossed into the crucible that is Lake Conference play. An 8-0 loss to Edina, ranked No. 3 in the Class 2A coaches' poll from Sept. 1, started Wayzata's week last Tuesday, and the Trojans also had single-goal setbacks to St. Michael-Albertville on Sept. 5 and No. 2-2A Minnetonka two days later.


All is not lost for Wayzata (2-3-1, 0-3). A nonconference victory against No. 6-1A Blake in our Top Game of the Week could serve as a much-needed elixir.

For the No. 5-2A Trojans to rebound, they’ll need top offensive threats, such as Maya Turner and Claudia Otero, to boost their production for a club that has scored more than two goals just once this season.

Blake’s struggles came early. The Bears (4-2-0, 2-0) lost their first two games of the season but have been perfect since, reeling off four straight triumphs by a combined score of 18-2.

Catherine Moe scored both Bears' goals in a 2-1 win over Benilde-St. Margaret's on Aug. 29.