Rams earn trophy at adapted soccer tournament

The weekend didn’t start off all that great for the Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville PI division adapted soccer team but things turned around eventually. The Rams shrugged off an opening-round loss to earn the state consolation championship.

After getting shut out in the first round, the Rams, playing in the state tournament Nov. 18-19 at Stillwater Area High School, won their next two games to bring home a trophy.

The Rams, the North Division No. 4 seed, faced a tall task in the first round as they went up against the South’s top seed Dakota United. They had trouble stopping the Hawks’ offense and generating any of their own. Dakota United rolled to a 9-0 victory.

Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville goalkeeper Hadley Eby finished with four saves in the loss.

Dakota United went on to lose in the semifinals and win the third-place match.

The first round was played on Nov. 18 and after a good night’s sleep, the Rams were back at it the next morning. Things went much better as they knocked off the South No. 3 seed St. Paul Humboldt 11-5 in the consolation semifinals. Humboldt had opened the tournament with a 12-1 loss to Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka.

The tandem of junior Grant Drew and eighth grader Diana Garcia provided the offensive punch as they combined to score nine of the team’s 11 goals. Drew amassed five scores while Garcia ended up with four. The Rams’ other two goals came from sophomore Morgan Ouellette.

With a confidence-building victory under their belt, the Rams went after a season-ending victory in the consolation championship game. Waiting there was Minneapolis South, the South No. 2 seed, which lost to Park Center in the quarterfinals and beat South Suburban in overtime in the consolation semifinals.

A new leading scorer emerged for the Rams, who beat the Tigers 6-1. Junior Mark Lippert accounted for all of the Rams’ half-dozen markers. Garcia assisted on three of Lippert’s scores.

Eby was also key in the victory as she made 11 saves.

Garcia earned a spot on the 12-player all-tournament team.

The Rams entered the tournament having won only once during the regular season but they finished the season with a record of 3-9.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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