The theme for the Roseville girls' soccer team is to create a "new normal."
The reason is simple: the Raiders are not used to playing in, much less winning, games in the Class 2A, Section 5 tournament.
"Five years ago, we lost to Mounds View by I think a final score of 11-0," Roseville coach James Cave said. "At one point, Kallie [Tuominen] came to me and said, 'I'm not used to being in a section game where we're actually in the game.' It took the girls aback that they weren't going to lose a section game by a lopsided score."
The Raiders did more than avoid getting swamped, claiming a 2-1 victory over the Mustangs in penalty kicks in a Class 2A, Section 5 semifinal played at Roseville High School Saturday.
Roseville claimed a 2-1 victory over Mounds View in a Class 2A, Section 5 semifinal decided by penalty kicks Saturday.
With the victory, the Raiders advance to the championship against Champlin Park on Tuesday in a match set to begin at 7 p.m. in Champlin Park. The winner advances to the Class 2A state tournament.
Both Roseville and Mounds View notched a goal in the first half, with senior Lillian Nowatzke scoring at 9:53 for Mounds View while Roseville senior Kallie Tuominen found the back of the net off a free kick at 13:20.
From that point the two teams played a scoreless match through the second half and 20 minutes of overtime.
The No. 2-seeded Raiders took a quick lead in penalty kicks as Tuominen scored while goalkeeper Bella DiGiorno stopped the first shot she faced.
Roseville then got PK goals from Kimi LaPalm, Ava Benson and Raylee Wallis to win penalty kicks 4-2 and improve to 11-5-1 on the season with its fourth straight win.
Mounds View, which saw a six-game winning streak snapped with the loss, finished its season 11-7 despite PK goals from sophomore Ava Tomas and Ava Westlund.
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