Park girls soccer: Wolfpack off to 5-0 start
Two games, two more wins for the Park girls soccer team.
The Wolfpack is now 5-0 to start the 2013 season after non-conference wins over Rochester Century and St. Michael-Albertville last week.
Park (5-0) beat Rochester Century 1-0 on Tuesday at home then beat St. Michael-Albertville 3-0 in Cottage Grove on Friday. The Wolfpack has outscored its opponents 15-0 to start the year.
Park senior Temi Ogunrinde scored the lone goal of the game – her second of the year – in the win over Rochester Century (0-3-1) on an assist by fellow senior Katelyn Floysand. Park junior goalie Emily Lange stopped three shots for her third shutout of the season.
Park junior Haley Mead netted two goals for Park in the Wolfpack’s win over St. Michael-Albertville (2-1), while junior Maddie Castro had a goal and an assist. Lange made three saves in her start in goal, while Emily Haffner stopped two shots down the stretch as the two keepers combined for the shutout.
It’s the second straight season Park has gotten off to a hot start.
The Wolfpack began last season 8-0-1 before going 1-3-2 in its final six regular-season games. Park finished 11-4-3 and reached the Section 3AAA championship game. However, the season ended in heartbreak, with a shootout loss to Eastview in the finals.
Park has been to three section finals in the past five years. In each of those championships, it has played Eastview and in every of those games Eastview has beaten the Wolfpack in a shootout.
In last year’s section final, Park – the No. 2 seed - was denied its first trip to the state tournament in 20 years after top-seeded Eastview outscored the Wolfpack 3-1 in a shootout to earn a trip to state. The state champion in 1990, Park hasn’t reached a state tournament since 1992.
Park didn’t allow a goal in its three section playoff games and allowed only 10 goals all season and a majority of the key players from last year’s squad return to the field for Park this season.
Though it could be on the verge of blossoming, Park begins the season a little under-the-radar. The Wolfpack are ranked 15th in Class AA to start the year – behind four Suburban East Conference schools (No. 4 Woodbury, No. 5 East Ridge, No. 7 White Bear Lake and No. 11 Stillwater) and three Section 3AAA teams (No. 6 Burnsville, No. 9 Eastview and No. 12 Rosemount).
Next, Park opens conference play against rival East Ridge on Thursday, Sept. 5, at Park.