Stillwater's Marissa Bonilla battles for the ball along the sideline late in the second half. Stillwater shut out the host Bears for a 2-0 win that keeps them in first place atop the conference standings. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
This season is not what Stillwater expected coming off a Class 2A state tournament appearance last fall. And while this season has been shorter than what’s standard, the Ponies’ experienced offense hasn’t missed a step.
The Ponies defeated Suburban East Conference foe White Bear Lake 2-0 on the road Tuesday, helping Stillwater (8-0-1, 8-0-1) cross the finish line of an undefeated regular-season schedule.
Looking back at the Ponies’ nine games to date, it’s hard to miss their offensive production.
Stillwater, ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, has scored 36 goals this season, averaging four goals per contest in that span.
Ask coach Mike Huber what has spurred the scoring, and he will give credit to a veteran front line. Led by seniors Sophia Steblay and Lexi Huber, and junior Marisa Bonilla, the three are in their third season as starting forwards.
"Probably across the state, if you look at it, I don't know if there is really as talented a group as those three," Mike Huber said. "Most teams are lucky to have one or two good forwards, and we're very fortunate to have three good forwards that have played together for the past three years."
Stillwater forward Lexi Huber dribbles past White Bear Lake defender Maren Schoeberl near midfield during the first half Tuesday night at White Bear Lake High School. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine
Stillwater continues to roll without a loss this season after defeating White Bear Lake 2-0 on the road Tuesday to wrap the regular season.
A first-half goal from Sophia Steblay and a second-half strike by Lexi Huber helped the Ponies, ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, keep its spot atop the Suburban East Conference standings in a pandemic-shortened season. Huber’s tally was her 13th goal of the season to lead Stillwater (8-0-1, 8-0-1).
White Bear Lake (7-2-0, 7-2-0) used its usual two-goalkeeper rotation, with Tristian Lehner and Haley Vokaty each playing one half for the No. 7-2A Bears in Tuesday's match. Each made three saves.
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