Prep soccer regular season wraps up this week

The high school soccer regular season has entered its final week. Some teams are spending this week trying to win conference championships while others are using their final games as tune-ups for the post-season. Here’s a look at where the Review-area prep teams stand.

 

North

The Polars boys team had four games last week and they did very well in the three that were completed before this edition of the Review went to press. North shut out a pair of Metro East Conference opponents and a non-conference foe. 

North (11-2) started out by blanking Henry Sibley 8-0 on Sept. 26 and followed that up with a shutout of South St. Paul the next night. Duluth East made the trek south to face the Polars on Sept. 28 and lost 3-0.

The three shutouts ran North’s streak of games in which it held its opponent scoreless to four and increased its overall number of shutouts this season to six.

North junior Ata Claremond held on to his Class AA lead in goals scored by netting seven goals in the three victories. His season total through 13 games is 26, which is second most in the state regardless of class.

A good number of Claremond’s goals have been set up by teammate Busquets Jeudi, whose 17 assists lead the state.

North closes out the regular season this week with matches at Tartan on Oct. 4 and St. Thomas Academy on Oct. 6. The St. Thomas Academy match-up should decide the conference title.

The Polars’ girls team (5-8-1) has two games remaining on its schedule and both are against Tartan. The Titans hosted the Oct. 4 match, after the deadline for this edition of the Review, and the Oct. 6 game is back at North.

Both North teams play in Section 4AA and the first round of the post-season is scheduled for Oct. 11.

 

Tartan

The soccer teams at Tartan haven’t been able to come up with many victories this season. The girls team has two victories while the boys squad has lost all but one of its matches.

The Tartan boys (0-11-1) closed out the regular season this week with a game against North on Oct. 4 and a non-conference game at St. Paul Highland Park on Oct. 6.

The Titans girls squad (2-10-1) faced North on Oct. 4 and and will do so again Oct. 6. Tartan hosted the first game and travels to North for the second.

Both Oct. 4 games were played after the deadline for this edition of the Review.

Both Tartan teams play in Section 4AA and the first round of the post-season is scheduled for Oct. 11.

 

Hill-Murray

After starting off the season with only one win in their first five matches, the Hill-Murray girls soccer team (7-6) pushed its record above .500 thanks in part to a four-game winning streak. 

Starting on Sept. 8, Hill-Murray beat North, Tartan, St. Paul Central and Cristo Rey Jesuit. Three of those victories were via shutout.

The Pioneers hosted Simley on Oct. 4 and travel to South St. Paul for the regular-season finale on Oct. 6.

The Pioneers boys team (4-8-1) hasn’t been quite as successful although it hasn’t lost in the last three games. Hill-Murray snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over White Bear Lake on Sept. 24 and followed that win by beating Henry Sibley 2-0 and tying Mahtomedi 2-2 last week.

Hill-Murray closes out the regular season this week with a home game that was played against Simley on Oct. 4 and a trip to South St. Paul on Oct. 6.

The Oct. 4 games were played after the deadline for this edition of the Review.

Both Hill-Murray teams play in Section 4A and the first round of the post-season is scheduled for Oct. 13.

 

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

 

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