Edina's Maddie Dahlien (5) outraced St. Michael-Albertville defenders Abby Buckmeier (15) and Rheana Zerna to score on this first-half shot. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Edina came into Saturday’s home match with its only loss this season coming against St. Michael-Albertville, a rival new to the Lake Conference this fall, in a 2-0 defeat on Sept. 12.
The Hornets (12-1-1, 8-1-1) had a chance to avenge their only blemish this season, but the Knights, who left the Mississippi 8 Conference to join the Lake after last spring, were able to secure a 1-1 draw on the road, once again doing what no other team in the state has been able to do this season: take points from Edina, the No. 1-ranked team in the Class 2A coaches’ poll.
“Maybe it’s because we’re new, and they haven’t played with a ton of these Lake teams before that they don’t know the Edina reputation. They just came out and played,” said St. Michael-Albertville coach Megan Johnson of her team. “We’re just going to play our game and worry about what we do.”
The match started in Edina’s favor, with Maddie Dahlien scoring the opening goal, slotting home from the right side of the 6-yard box after Emma Frommelt played her a perfect through ball. It was Dahlien’s 21st goal of the season, tying her for sixth-most in the state, according to stats submitted to the MN Soccer Hub.
Edina goalie Olivia Johnson came up empty in an attempt to stop a penalty shot by the Knights' Taylor Beeler late in the first half. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Edina and St. Michael-Albertville battled to a 1-1 draw at the Edina Community Center on Saturday afternoon in a duel between two of the Lake Conference’s top teams this season.
Maddie Dahlien opened the scoring just under 15 minutes into the game, as the Hornets (12-1-1, 8-1-1) converted on a counter-attack. They dispossessed the Knights (7-2-3, 6-1-3) in the middle of the field, and Emma Frommelt was able to play a through ball into the path of Dahlien, who slotted it home with ease.
The Knights, ranked No. 6 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, got the equalizer about 10 minutes later, as Mackenzie Bergen was fouled in the box, earning a penalty kick. Taylor Beeler stepped up to the spot and calmly slotted the ball right down the middle of the goal.
The second half was mostly controlled by the No. 1-2A Hornets, who racked up shots while keeping possession mostly in the Knights’ end. Edina had nine shots on goal in the game, tripling the three St. Michael-Albertville finished with.
At times it looked like the Hornets were going to break through, but Knights goalkeeper Meriel Orham made multiple saves to deny goal-scoring opportunities. Orham’s biggest save came in the first half of overtime, when she denied Dahlien from the penalty spot to secure the tie for her team.
St. Michael-Albertville goalkeeper Meriel Orham (0) made a save in front of Edina's Gwen Hendrickson (8) in the second half. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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