Upsets galore in 5AA boys soccer

The four highest-seeded teams in the Section 5AA boys soccer tournament all hosted quarterfinal matches on Saturday. The home-field advantage was not there, however, as all four top seeds lost one-goal contests.

Mounds View and Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village were among the lower seeds to pull off upsets while Irondale was one of the home teams that saw their seasons come to a premature end.

 

Mounds View

The Mustangs suffered through a 10-game winless streak during the regular season and as a result tumbled all the way down to the eighth seed in Section 5AA. That meant Mounds View would be forced to play in the eight vs. nine play-in match just to reach the quarterfinals.

Mounds View topped ninth-seeded Osseo 1-0 in the first-round match on Oct. 13 and followed that up with a 2-1 upset of top-seeded and fourth-ranked Park Center on Oct. 15.

The Mustangs head into their semifinal match on Tuesday at Roseville riding a season-high four-game winning streak. Mounds View closed out the regular season with back-to-back victories over Woodbury and Park-Cottage Grove.

Roseville and Mounds View played to a 1-1 tie on a rainy evening in mid-September. Roseville, seeded fifth, upset fourth-seeded Irondale in the quarterfinals.

 

Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village 

A 1-0 victory over Mounds View in the regular season helped the Panthers avoid the Section 5AA play-in game. As the seventh seed, SLP/SAV ventured to second-seeded Champlin Park, which beat the Panthers 2-1 on Oct. 3.

The score of their playoff match-up was the same but this time it was the Panthers who came out on top. 

Next up for the Panthers is a semifinal match on Tuesday at sixth-seeded Centennial. The Cougars upset third-seeded Prairie Seeds Academy 1-0 in the quarterfinals. SLP/SAV beat Centennial 2-0 on Oct. 13.

 

Irondale

Unfortunately for the Knights, they were one of the quarterfinal upset victims. After shrugging off a 0-5 start to the regular season, Irondale went on a seven-game unbeaten streak and earned a home playoff match, its first since 2013.

Irondale hosted fifth-seeded Roseville on Saturday and lost 3-2. The Knights finish the season with a record of 5-9-3.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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