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Posted by Guest (jmillea@mshsl.org) - Updated 10/31/2013 1:06:45 PM

Thursday was not only Halloween and not only the day when state soccer championships were decided in the Metrodome. It also was the last day that MSHSL soccer will be played in the Metrodome.

The big building will be demolished after the Vikings season, and a new stadium on the same site is expected to be ready in 2016. So in 2014 and 2015 the state soccer semifinals and finals will be played outdoors at St. Cloud State’s Husky Stadium. The MSHSL will officially say goodbye to the Metrodome when the Prep Bowl football games are held on Thanksgiving weekend.

Here’s a recap of Thursday’s soccer action…

Class 1A Girls: Benilde-St. Margaret’s 1, Blake 0
A second-half goal by Aleksa Tataryn was the game's only score as Benilde-St. Margaret's defeated Blake in the title game for the second straight year. The two teams met in the final for the third straight year; Blake was the champion in 2011.

Tataryn’s goal, in the 70th minute off an assist by Maren Noble, came on a shot that sailed high into the corner of the goal. Tataryn also scored her team’s first goal (and had three assists) in a 5-1 semifinal victory over Mankato West. Thursday’s game was dominated by the defenses. Benilde finished with seven shots on goal and Blake had two.

The seven seniors on the Benilde roster finished their high school soccer careers with an overall record of 75-5-5 and four state appearances.

1A Girls All-Tournament Team: Megan Lazzaro, Duluth Denfeld; Sophie VanSurksum, Sartell-St. Stephen; Brielle Bierman, LaCrescent; Kenzie Prater, Hill-Murray; McKenna Peters, Madison Burandt, Mankato West; Chaselyn Miller, Danielle Brown, Totino-Grace; Korlekuor Akiti, Annie Lyman, Lydia Sutton, Lauren Kelly, Blake; Aleksa Tataryn, Megan Katopodis, Emma Van der Heide, Emily Schmitz, Benilde-St. Margaret’s.

Class 1A Boys: St. Paul Como Park 2, Hill-Murray 1
The Cougars won the state championship in their first appearance in the title game. Will Thor ended a scoreless tie with a long-range missile in the 65th minute and Seik Seik gave Como Park a 2-0 lead eight minutes later. Hill-Murray’s Jack Blaney made it a one-goal game with less than five minutes to play in regulation and Como Park held off the Pioneers the rest of the way.

Como Park was the top seed in the tournament field and finished unbeaten at 18-0-3. The Cougars had a total of seven shots on goal Thursday while holding Hill-Murray to three shots on goal.

1A Boys All-Tournament Team: Kori Ochs, Hermantown; Brandon Hilliard, Totino-Grace; Cristian Castro, Waseca; Johnny Lawson, Rochester Lourdes; James Nash, Nikolas Bohman, Waconia; Kyle Erickson, Colin Johnson, Sartell-St. Stephen; Jack Blaney, Peter Blaney, Joseph Schaefer, Shae Bottum, Hill-Murray; Will Kidd, Seik Seik, Abdikarin Diriye, Hsa D Moo, St. Paul Como Park.

Class 2A Girls: Minnetonka 1, Lakeville North 0
Ellen Mau scored on a header off a corner kick by Diana Draayer in the 55th minute as the Skippers captured the state title. Minnetonka had nine shots on goal to five for the Panthers.

2A Girls All-Tournament Team: Haydn Becker, Andover; Mariah Northrop, Mounds View; Chelsey Henry, Megan Koenig, Mahtomedi; Emma Tritten, Elk River; Abby Soderholm, Hannah Keirstead, Burnsville; Kendal Jacobus, April Bockin, Eden Prairie; Alexis Joyce, Lauren Sherry, Lauren Brownrigg, Lakeville North; Maggie Crist, Ellen Mau, Elizabeth Endy, Alli Bakken, Minnetonka.

Class 2A Boys: North St. Paul 4, Eastview 3 (5-4 shootout)
In a back-and-forth game, the Polars scored five goals in the shootout to four goals for Eastview. The teams traded goals in regulation, which ended in a 3-3 tie, and played scoreless soccer through two 10-minute overtimes.

2A Boys All-Tournament Team: Adam Ulring, Minneapolis Southwest; Jared Santibanez, Owatonna; Storm Heyer, Elk River/Zimmerman; Alieu Kamara, Mounir Peterson-Darbaki, Prairie Seeds Academy; Isaac Bloom, Nick Stastny, Edina; Ben Nivala, Emmanuel Ekunseitan, Andrew Bird, Andover; Brett Ladoux, Kyle Lamott, Jack Teske, Eastview; Tyler Oliver, Tommy Molski, Adam Hildebrandt, North St. Paul.

--To see photos from Thursday's games, go to the MSHSL Facebook page.

--My first Diet Coke of the day was a press-box treat courtesy of Benilde-St. Margaret’s student Andrew Birkeland, a talented reporter for his school’s newspaper, The Knight Errant.

--Diet Coke Count: 3 for the day, 9 for the state soccer tournament, 9 for the fall state tournaments.


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*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry: 4,658
(*During the 2013-14 school year)
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