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Minneapolis Washburn takes down Stillwater with lone late goal in clash atop Class 2A

By Adam Holt, SportsEngine, 09/15/18, 6:30PM CDT


Millers senior Otis Anderson netted his third of the season in the 72nd minute, upending the Ponies.

Minneapolis Washburn players celebrate with defenseman Otis Anderson after the senior scored the lone goal of the night. The Millers took down Class 2A's top-ranked Stillwater on Saturday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Ty Benjaafar (7) leaps past Stillwater defender Hunter Stormoen at midfield. The Millers prevailed on a late-game goal to take down the top ranked Ponies 1-0 at Stillwater Area High School. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Stillwaters senior midfielder Logan Huber (5) redirects a corner kick sending it just wide of the net. Class 2A No.1 ranked Stillwater fell 1-0 to Minneapolis Washburn at Pony Stadium on Saturday night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

First report

There might be a new No. 1 in the rankings next week.

Minneapolis Washburn, No. 2 in the Class 2A state coaches' poll, broke through late Saturday against No. 1-ranked Stillwater, with Otis Anderson’s goal in the 72nd minute powering the Millers to a 1-0 nonconference victory at Pony Stadium.

With less than nine minutes to play, Anderson, a senior center back, stepped up in transition and found himself open outside the 18-yard box. He fired a low line drive to the far corner, finding the net for his third goal of the season.

The teams played a scoreless first half, although both sides had chances. Stillwater (8-1-1) had two headers off set pieces — one cruised  narrowly over the bar and one  tipped over by Washburn (4-0-2) goalkeeper Ben Schliemann, who finished with three saves on three shots on goal.

Stillwater had numerous chances off set pieces, coming close on long throws from Spencer Scott and a handful of corner and free kicks. The Ponies' leading scorer, Logan Huber, headed two chances wide and one over.

Stillwater’s Rayce Johnson had three saves on four shots on net.

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