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Metro girls' soccer preview: Ten players to watch before the shortened season ends

By Star Tribune, 09/09/20, 7:15PM CDT


With fewer games, condensed schedules and no state tournament, 2020 promises to be a season like no other.

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.

Ten players to watch in 2020

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


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

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