Owatonna Soccer Season Ends in Soggy State Quarterfinal Loss to Wayzata
Owatonna's six-game winning streak ended Tuesday in a 5-0 loss to Wayzata in a Class AA semifinal at Benilde-St. Margaret's High School in St. Louis Park.
The Trojans stayed unbeaten on the season at 17-0-3 by scoring twice midway through the first half and adding three in the second half. Wayzata scored in the 16th minute on a blast from Alex Bracken. In the 24th minute, leading scorer Maclane King deflected in a far post pass.
King tallied his second goal less than eight minutes into the second half off an assist from speedy freshman Patrick Weah. If the game already wasn't out of reach, Wayzata added another less than a minute later for a 4-0 advantage. They closed out the scoring late in the half.
Owatonna had a few scoring chances in the first half but no golden opportunities and only one shot on goal compared to about 10 for the Trojans. The Huskies had a few good chances later in the game but couldn't prevent Wayzata from recording its 11th shutout of the season.
Rain fell throughout the match. The reward to the victors is a trip to U.S. Bank Stadium for the semifinals Monday. Fans shouldn't need umbrellas there.
The Huskies (11-8-1) have a senior-laden team including Zakariya Abdi, Abukar Fakrudin, Cameron Trout, Daniel Keller, Mitch Mayer, Ryley Glynn, Brodee Stanford, Jamal Abderrahim, Brice Lauwers, Mohamed Dahir and Aidan Buryska. This year was Owatonna's third state tournament appearance in the past five years. They were section runner-up the other two seasons.