Centennial's Khyah Harper (7), one of the state's top players, controls the ball against Maple Grove's Avery Toms (11) in a game on Sept. 2 at Centennial. Harper had the lone goal in the Cougars 1-0 victory. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
School just started this first week for many, but fall sports athletes are on a fast and strange track to the shortest season in memory.
Many swimmers, divers and cross-country runners are competing with no fans on site. Some swim meets are held with teams in different pools, while runners go off in waves that require checking chip times to determine how they placed. The girls’ tennis regular season ends in three weeks.
Those sports along with boys’ and girls’ soccer are playing shortened schedules against a limited number of opponents, making it harder to assess season favorites. Postseason plans haven’t been announced and state tournaments won’t be held.
But the games, meets and matches in this pandemic-scarred season still matter. Here are some of the best metro girls' soccer players doing battle this fall.
Andi Barth, forward, Visitation, senior
Megan Carlson, forward/midfield, Champlin Park, senior
Maddie Dahlien, forward, Edina, junior
Emma Fournier, midfield, Maple Grove, senior
Khyah Harper, forward, Centennial, senior
Lexi Huber, forward, Stillwater, senior
Kenzie Jacobson, forward/midfield, Rosemount, senior
Meriel Orham, goalkeeper, St. Michael-Albertville, senior
Kendall Stadden, forward, Blaine, sophomore
Mia Van der Heide, forward/midfield, Holy Angels, senior
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Senior Mia Van der Heide (white jersey), a Holy Angels forward/midfielder, controlled the ball in a game against Visitation on Sept. 3. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine