Soccer heads to sections

Brenna Cook and Sarah Brandt

Teams begin playoffs

As the varsity boys’ and girls’ soccer team reaches the ends of its season, they looks to achieve in state sections.
The boys’ team will play against Armstrong in its first game of sections at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at home. The girls’ team will also play against Armstrong at 7 p.m. away. If the teams wins, they will advance to the semi-final game of sections.

Senior boys’ captain Sam Brimacomb said he thinks the Oct. 11 game will be crucial.

“It’s definitely the most important game of the playoffs for us because if we don’t win the first one, we don’t have a chance to win the rest,” he said. “It also could be the seniors’ last game and our assistant coach Kevin’s last game since this is his last year.”
Senior captain Riley Riordan said she thinks the girls’ team has improved this season.
“We’ve come a long way this season,” she said. “We got to know each other as players and come to be one team (and) one family.”
According to girls’ head coach Benjy Kent, some of this improvement is from challenges the players faced this season.
“They said we want a tougher schedule, so we scheduled high quality teams,” Kent said. “We really had a tough, tough schedule. I would say we achieved many of our goals.”
Riordan said the team looks forward to playing in sections.
“Everyone really wants that game,” Riordan said. “We’re not getting ahead of ourselves, but we’re taking it one game at a time.”

Brimacomb said the support his team has received throughout the season has played a crucial role in the team’s high spirits.

“The support has definitely helped our team a lot in games and out of games. It makes me smile walking around the school seeing all the (road to the dome) shirts, and then at the games the noise level helps a lot, he said.”
If the boys’ team wins it will play the winner of the Wayzata vs. Hopkins game Oct. 13. Similarly, if the girls’ team wins, they will play the winner of the Wayzata vs. Cooper game Oct. 13.

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