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Park girls soccer: Wolfpack’s season ends in shootout with Rosemount

Like last year, the season came to an end for the Park girls soccer team in a shootout loss in the section tournament.

Park, the fifth seed in Section 3AA, lost a 3-2 shootout with fourth-seeded Rosemount on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Rosemount in the opening round of the playoffs after the two teams were tied 0-0 after regulation and overtime.

In last year’s section final, Park — which was the No. 2 seed at the time — 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. Last year, Park didn’t allow a goal in its three section playoff games and allowed only 10 goals all season.

This year Park once again didn’t allow a goal in the playoffs, but was unable to advance to state.

Rosemount(10-6-2) went on to lose 3-1 to top-seeded Burnsville in the section semifinals. The Blaze, ranked No. 2 in Class AA, take on second-seeded Eastview in the final.

The Wolfpack allowed a mere seven goals on the year while amassing an 11-5 overall record. In 2011, Park allowed just five goals in its 16 regular season games – the fewest in all of Class AA during that season and a total thought to be the lowest in Park High School history. Park finished the year 5-4 in the Suburban East Conference this season, which was good fifth place.

With wins over intra-district and conference rivals East Ridge and Woodbury Park was ranked as high as eighth in the Class AA coaches poll this season.

The Wolfpack lose nine seniors from a very stacked lineup — Emma Waller, Katelyn Floysand, Jenna Swenson, Temi Ogunrinde, Sydney Wylie, Alissa Troje, Megan Palmer, Erin Diamond and Emily Burazin.

—Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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