Olivia Mattis of Lakeville North scored while being defended by Stillwater's Grace Lilla and Tara Naugle in the state quarterfinal game Tuesday at Minnetonka High School. Photo: Jerry Holt • Jerry.firstname.lastname@example.org
When Lakeville North coach Laura Childs saw that the Panthers had drawn Stillwater as its quarterfinal opponent, she smiled. Stillwater had come out on top when the teams had met in April, but it was a matchup Childs wanted.
“They were our first game of the season and we were working on new things offensively,” Childs said. “I knew that if we got the chance again, it could be a very different game. When we drew them, I was very excited. We wanted redemption.”
The Lakeville North offense looked much more polished this time around in an 18-15 victory on Tuesday at Minnetonka High School. Junior attacker Olivia Mattis and Chloe Fisher each scored five goals for the Panthers, and Mattis added four assists.
“Definitely a lot of emotions coming in,” Mattis said. “We’d lost to them before, so we were hungry for a big game today.”
Stillwater and Lakeville North took turns trading runs – and momentum – in a showcase of offense. In the end, Lakeville North outscored Stillwater 18-15 to advance to Thursday’s semifinals.
Olivia Mattis and Chloe Fisher scored 5 goals each for the Panthers (13-4).
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