Facing No. 1 St. Paul Academy/Summit School on Oct. 25, the unranked Waconia boys’ soccer team was eliminated from the state tournament in a 2-1 loss.
The first half was filled with intense play by both teams with few shots on goal thanks to a strong defensive effort by both the Wildcats and the Spartans. With the clock winding down to the half, St. Paul Academy was able to get a goal past Waconia’s senior goalie Brandon Gonzalez. The Spartans led 1-0 at halftime.
Just minutes into the second half, St. Paul Academy landed another goal, leading 2-0.
Two mid-period yellow cards against Waconia may have discouraged some teams, but the Wildcats refused to be shut down. They continued to pressure St. Paul Academy and with 8:43 remaining in the game, senior Nick Dirnberger scored for Waconia.
The Wildcats controlled the ball for much of the remaining minutes, but couldn’t find the back of the net for another goal. They lost the game 2-1.
“St. Paul Academy was clearly the best team we played all season but we thought we had a good chance,” head coach Tyrel Seim said.
Look for a full season wrap up in the coming weeks.