Edina's Izzy Engle runs past Lauren Rusing (10) at midfield. Engle helped the Hornets to a 3-0 win in the Class 3A, Section 2 final over Minnetonka scoring midway through the first half. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine
For the second consecutive year, Edina found itself celebrating a section championship on the field following a shutout victory over rival Minnetonka.
However, last year’s version of the Hornets and this year’s are quite different. The 2021 team was a heavy favorite with an unbeaten record. This year’s group is a younger one, filling some key holes and hitting its stride at the right time. Both teams ended up as section champions, as this year’s group defeated Minnetonka 3-0 on Tuesday at Prior Lake High School.
Coming off a year where Edina lost just once — in the state semifinal — the Hornets entered 2022 with a different looking group, especially on the back end of things. With Edina trying to find its way, the Hornets struggled at times earlier this season. That included a 3-1 loss to the Skippers on Sept. 13.
Edina's Grace Pohlidal (8) pulls the ball away from a Minnetonka player. Pohlidal scored first for the Hornets off a corner kick in the opening minutes of the match. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine
For the second consecutive season, Edina is off to the state tournament after a win in the Class 3A, Section 2 final over rival Minnetonka. The Hornets defeated the Skippers 3-0 on Tuesday at Prior Lake High School.
Edina (14-4-1) came in as an underdog as the No. 3 seed, having gone 0-1-1 against the top-seeded Skippers during the regular season.
That outlook changed, however, when Edina scored less than 5 minutes into the contest. Grace Pohlidal got things rolling with a goal off a Hornets corner kick.
The first half scoring continued when junior midfielder Izzy Engle got an open shot at the net and buried her chance to make it 2-0 on her 26th goal of the season. Late in the half, Taylor Howard found the back of the net to make it 3-0.
After allowing 4 goals against Minnetonka in their two regular-season meetings, the Hornets ratcheted things up defensively and kept the Skippers off the scoreboard. Edina goalkeeper Sydney Bakritzes earned the shutout with 8 saves.
While Edina’s offense was fruitful in the opening half, things weren’t quite as successful in the second half. Despite a barrage of shots, Minnetonka goalkeeper Madeleine Schultz finished the match with 9 saves.
Minnetonka goalkeeper Madeleine Schultz makes a high save late in the first half. Schultz tallied nine saves on Tuesday night. Photo by Cheryl A. Myers, SportsEngine
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