After scoring four unanswered goals, Chanhassen appeared to have a shot at upsetting Eden Prairie. But the Eagles’ veteran midfielders and forwards had other plans.
Thirty-four seconds after the Storm’s tying goal to make it 7-7 in the second half, Eden Prairie senior forward Brooke Lewis converted on a pass from fellow senior Abby Johnson and the Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the state coaches’ poll, regained the lead. That goal sparked a run of four goals in less than two minutes, which was enough for Eden Prairie to hold off Section 2 foe Chanhassen 16-9 on Tuesday at Eden Prairie High School.
For the Storm, the tilt was a chance to make a statement against one of the state’s premier teams. Though Chanhassen had climbed the rankings to No. 3, it doesn’t quite have the winning tradition of other top programs in the state.
“These are the games we love,” Storm coach Rachel Aiken said. “We want to schedule the best teams. The girls love these games and they make us better.”
After Chanhassen rallied from a four-goal deficit to tie the game 7-7 early in the second half, the Storm looked like they had a chance to top Eden Prairie. But the Eagles, ranked No. 1 in the state coaches’ poll, had other ideas as they outscored the Storm 9-2 the rest of the way to pull away for a 16-9 victory on Tuesday at Eden Prairie High School.
With rainy conditions, the game was moved inside the Eden Prairie dome. But the shift inside didn’t slow the Eagles offense early. Eden Prairie (6-0, 3-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 1 minute, 11 seconds as freshman forward Josie Lillquist and junior midfielder Maggie Brown scored. Brown finished with five goals, including four in the second half.
The No. 3 Storm fell behind by as many as four goals in the first half, but fought back to cut the lead to 7-5, thanks to goals from junior midfielder Elle Wagner and freshman midfielder Leah Hodgins, who led Chanhassen (3-1, 0-0) with four tallies.
With the game tied at 7 in the second half, Eden Prairie responded with four goals in less than two minutes. Senior midfielder Brooke Lewis started the run and finished with five goals.
Strom sophomore goaltender Kaylyn Cater attempted to quell the Eagle offense by making nine saves. Eden Prairie goalie Emilie Bloyer stopped five shots.
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