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Prior Lake routs Breck to reach girls' championship game

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 06/13/19, 3:45PM CDT


Midfielder Josie Kropp scored a team-high six goals and won 16 of 22 draws to pace the No. 2-seeded Lakers to a 21-3 victory.

Prior Lake's Josie Kropp (8) wound up to take a shot as Breck's Alex Kozikowski (8) tried to defend in the second half of the semifinal game Thursday at Chanhassan High School. Photo: RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥ renee.jones@startribune.com

Breck knew what Prior Lake midfielder Josie Kropp could do. The Mustang coaches scouted her and consulted other coaches on how to defend her. Heck, Breck coach Ashley Nelsen coached her in the summer in club lacrosse.

And still it didn’t matter. Kropp scored six goals and won 16 of 22 draws to lead the No. 2-seeded Lakers to a 21-3 rout of No. 3-seeded Breck in a state tournament semifinal Thursday at Chanhassen.

“We spent a lot of time trying to prepare for her, but it just goes to show the kind of unpredictable and dominant player she is,” Nelsen said.

Breck’s inability to read Kropp’s intentions kept the Mustangs defense off-balance all game.

“A lot of unforced turnovers,” Nelsen said. “Breck helped Prior Lake beat Breck and you don’t like to see that.”

First report

Prior Lake’s wealth of talent, coupled with midfielder Josie Kropp’s knack for winning draws and repeatedly giving the Lakers ball possession, proved to be a lethal combination for Breck as the Lakers overwhelmed the Mustangs 21-3 in the semifinals Thursday at Chanhassen High School.

Kropp scored a team-high six goals and won 16 of 22 draws to pace the No. 2-seeded Lakers.

Check back later for more on the game.

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