Gabrielle Ryan (9) finds an open net behind the reach of goalkeeper Bayliss Flynn and scores her third goal of the match. Minnetonka, No. 8-3A, defeated Lake Conference rival Edina, No. 5-3A, by a score of 3-1. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine
Heading into a Lake Conference game last week, Minnetonka’s Gabrielle Ryan told her coaches and teammates she was going for a three-goal night. Turns out, she was off by a week.
Tuesday night against Edina, Ryan achieved her feat, tallying all three Minnetonka goals as the Skippers defeated the Hornets 3-1.
Five days earlier against Eden Prairie, Ryan finished with two goals and one assist. It was a standout performance, but one that didn’t prevent her from trying again for the hat trick.
Minnetonka's Darby Allen (3) and Lauren Rusing (10) take the ball from Edina's Izzy Engle (3). The Skippers defense held the Hornets to a single goal on Tuesday night. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine
Gabrielle Ryan scored three times and Minnetonka turned in a strong defensive effort as the Skippers held off rival Edina for a 3-1 home victory on Tuesday.
Most of the first-half action between the Lake Conference foes took place around midfield as each side struggled to gain possession. Then, things began to shift toward the Skippers.
The momentum led to Ryan’s first goal, which came in the 33rd minute, as she broke free from a crowd of players to score and give the lead to Minnetonka, ranked No. 8 in the latest Class 3A coaches’ poll.
Ryan emerged once again in the second half after being set up by her teammates with just the Edina goalkeeper between her and the net. After some nifty footwork, Ryan found her way to an open net and made it 2-0 Minnetonka.
Edina came into the match averaging more than three goals per game but did not find the net until late in the second half when Izzy Engle scored her 10th goal of the season. Minnetonka goalkeeper Madeleine Schultz finished with a pair of saves in the win.
The Skippers (5-1-1, 3-0-1) regained their two-goal advantage when Ryan outraced a Hornet defender and once again ended up with an open net to give the junior a three-goal night. Goalkeeper Bayliss Flynn finished the match with three saves for the No. 5-3A Hornets (4-3, 2-2).
Edina's Izzy Engle (3) celebrates her goal, closing the gap to one goal in the 69th minute of the match. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine
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