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Harper helps Centennial girls find answer to its previous Maple Grove problem

By Matthew Davis, SportsEngine, 09/03/19, 7:30AM CDT


The Cougars, who have struggled against the Crimson in recent years, were lifted by Khyah Harper's goal with just over 12 minutes remaining.

Centennial’s Khyah Harper tries to dribble around Maple Grove's Emma Fournier during Tuesday’s conference match. Harper had a goal and an assist in the Cougars’ 2-1 victory over the Crimson at Maple Grove High School. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

University of Minnesota recruit Khyah Harper feels right at home in her second season with Centennial.

The Cougars junior forward posted three goals and three assists in her first three games this season. Harper’s biggest performance yet came against one of the teams she and her teammates wanted to beat the most — Maple Grove.

Centennial senior Olivia Lovick looks for an open teammate during the second half of Tuesday’s match against Maple Grove. Lovick scored the Cougars’ first goal in their 2-1 victory over the Crimson. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

First Report

Centennial junior forward Khyah Harper scored the game-winning goal as the Cougars beat Maple Grove 2-1 Tuesday, ending the Crimson' three-game winning streak.

A University of Minnesota women’s soccer recruit, Harper found an open net to break a 1-1 tie with 12:17 left in the game. She also assisted on Centennial’s first goal of the game, a score by senior forward Olivia Lovik, in the first half.

Maple Grove, ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A coaches' poll, controlled possession most of the game but didn’t score until the second half. Junior forward Emma Fournier found the net, giving the Crimson (3-1, 1-1) a game-tying goal with 19:54 left in the game.

Centennial (2-1, 1-1) bounced back from a 6-2 loss to Andover Aug. 27 with the win.

Maple Grove’s Emma Fournier and Centennial's Sydney Kubes battle for position on a loose ball during the first half of their match in Maple Grove. The Crimson fell to the Cougars 2-1 Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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