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Stillwater girls thump Suburban East foe White Bear Lake in regular-season finale

By John Wagner, SportsEngine, 10/03/19, 5:00PM CDT


The Ponies galloped to an easy victory, led Sophia Steblay's hat trick and a defense that shut out the Bears.

Stillwater's Sophia Steblay (21) had three goals in the first half of Thursday's match against visiting White Bear Lake. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Marissa Bonilla (9) had four assists for the Ponies in a 5-0 victory over White Bear Lake to close the regular season. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

For the Stillwater girls’ soccer team, a Suburban East Conference title was not on the line Thursday when they hosted White Bear Lake at Pony Stadium.

But the Ponies certainly made a statement in their final match of the regular season, stampeding to a 5-0 victory to deny the Bears an outright Suburban East Conference championship.

"The worst thing would be to [enter section play] with two losses," Stillwater coach Mike Huber said. "A win like this can be a statement win. This kind of win gives us a lot of momentum going into sections."

Stillwater goalkeeper Sydney Gritters challenges a White Bear Lake player for one of her seven saves in a 5-0 shutout victory Thursday. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First report

The Stillwater girls' soccer team made a statement in its final game of the regular season Thursday by stampeding White Bear Lake 5-0 at Pony Stadium.

The Ponies, ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A state coaches' poll, scored four times in the first half and coasted to the win.

Junior Sophia Steblay scored three times in the game's first 16 minutes for Stillwater — with sophomore Marisa Bonilla assisting on all three goals — while junior Lexi Huber scored once in each half for the Ponies (13-3, 7-2).

Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Gritters stopped all seven shots she faced as the Ponies posted their 12th clean sheet of the season.

Senior Ella Janicki finished with eight saves for the Bears (11-3-1, 8-1), who saw an eight-game win streak snapped with the loss.

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