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Holy Angels takes Class 2A, Section 3 title

By Blaze Fugina, SportsEngine, 10/19/21, 7:00PM CDT


The Stars used a goal early in the first half to hold off the Spartans in the victory.

Holy Angels' Carter Hermanson (22) sprints past Richfield defender Elijah Bishop. Hermanson was fouled on the play and the Stars received a penalty kick to set up their first goal. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Very few high school athletes get an opportunity to win a section championship and compete at the state level.

But for a select few Academy of Holy Angels boys’ soccer players, the number of section championships they have experienced is close to the number of years they will spend in a high school classroom.

The Stars (13-3-2) clinched a Class 2A, Section 3 championship with a 2-0 win vs. Richfield at Two Rivers High School on Tuesday. As the third seed in the section bracket, another section title was no guarantee this fall.

But head coach James See said he started to notice the team’s mentality switch in the past two weeks as the regular season came to a close. The improvement culminated into a win vs. second-seeded Two Rivers, 1-0, on Oct. 14 as well as against the top-seeded Spartans on Tuesday.

“You can put together a fun and attractive team, and a team that has a good style of play,” See said. “But ultimately, the beauty of high school sports is everyone makes the playoffs. So you’ve got to be efficient in those moments.”

Holy Angels' Mitch Lovett (26) and Richfield's Yulian Rodriguez fight for the ball near the Richfield goal in the first half. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

First Report

For the fourth straight season, Holy Angels has clinched a section championship.

The Stars defeated Richfield 2-0 at Two Rivers High School on Tuesday to clinch another title, this time in Class 2A, Section 3.

The scoring started when Shalim Montes Hernandez caught a rebound off a penalty kick, netting the ball to put the Stars (13-3-2) ahead 1-0 with less than 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Richfield goalkeeper Carlos Luiz Ibarra initially made a diving stop off the penalty kick attempt by Aidan Smith, but Montes Hernandez caught the rebound in the box.

Beniel Solomon scored another goal late in the second half to double the lead in the section championship game.

Luiz Ibarra made nine saves for Richfield (15-3-1), while Holy Angels goalkeeper Landen Kampf stopped seven shots.

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Holy Angels goaltender Landen Kampf (1) goes up to make a save late in the Stars' 2-0 victory over Richfield in the Class 2A Section 3 championship. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

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