After each of Champlin Park’s goal on Tuesday, a three-word battle cry was hurled from the Rebels’ bench: “Don’t let up.” Based on the game’s final score, it’s safe to say Champlin Park followed that phrase.
The Rebels put up six goals against Northwest Suburban Conference rival Blaine to cruise to a 6-1 triumph, allowing Champlin Park (10-1-0, 10-1-0) to claim the conference championship — a nice footnote to the regular season after being stunned in a 1-0 defeat to Robbinsdale Armstrong last Thursday.
“I was really motivated and our team was really motivated,” said Rebels senior forward William Heinen. “Getting that loss [last week] meant we had to win tonight, so I think that was a good motivator for us.”
With that blemish now behind the Rebels, ranked No. 3 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, they came back and looked like a squad ready to get back in the win column to claim the conference crown and perhaps make a run in the section playoffs.
After suffering its first loss of the season in a 1-0 defeat to Robbinsdale Armstrong last Thursday, Champlin Park responded in a big way to make sure it enters the postseason on a winning note. The Rebels poured in a flurry of goals on Tuesday night to clinch the Northwest Suburban Conference title in a 6-1 defeat of Blaine at Blaine High School.
The scoring for the Rebels, ranked No. 3 in the Class 2A coaches’ poll, started in the first half thanks to junior forward Yonas Canny. He emerged with the ball off of a set piece and converted on his chance to make it 1-0 about 20 minutes into the match.
From there, the scoring kept coming for Champlin Park (10-1-0, 10-1-0). The Rebels added two more goals in the first half with tallies from senior midfielder William Heinen and junior midfielder Cullen Mork.
The Rebels added another three goals in the second half, guided by sophomore forward Leo Conneh who had two goals in the half. Heinen added the third goal in the final minutes of Tuesday’s match.
A bright spot came for Blaine (7-2-2, 7-2-2) in the second half when junior forward Jack Moore scored to put the No. 10-2A Bengals on the board in the 59th minute.
Blaine goalkeeper Nick Sneen allowed the first four goals and made six saves. Sneen departed late in the second half after being given a yellow card. Parker Dahlman took over keeper duties, making three saves.
Junior goalkeeper Darius Givance made seven saves for the Rebels.
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