Girls’ Soccer loses in penalty shootout

Adam Tremblay, Sports Editor

The Lakeville North girls’ soccer team’s season came to an end on Thursday night after losing to Centennial in a shootout, in the first round of the state tournament.

Lakeville North went into the game as a 4 seed matched up against the 5 seed, making it the only game with two seeded teams in the first round.

North scored first about 15 minutes into the game, but Centennial answered with a goal of their own less than 10 minutes later. The game remained even after that as the two teams went back and forth without being able to score. When regulation ended it was 1-1 and at the end of the 20 minute overtime it remained tied at 1 goal each.

In the penalty shootout North was not able to get the victory and lost in the shootout 3-1, ending their season.

However, their season was not a failure due to the fact that the team won, not only their section, but their conference as well. This is North’s fifth straight year in the state tournament without winning it.

They will have quite the task next year in reaching this stage again, losing players like goalkeeper Taylor Lock, who will play D1 next year, and defender Temi Carda, who was nominated for Ms. Soccer Minnesota. However they will still have the talent of players like Rachel Preston and Grace Butler, who both have already committed to play D1 and look to help bring North back to the state tournament.