Eden Prairie's Claire Holtan (18) knocked the ball from Lakeville North's Madison Woody (31) as Eden Prairie's Maggie Brown (5) trailed behind in the first half Thursday at Chanhassen High School. Photo: RENEE JONES SCHNEIDER ¥ firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakeville North simply wouldn’t go away. No. 1-seeded Eden Prairie had taken four-goal leads twice in the first half, only to see the Panthers battle back and cut the lead to two.
A goal just before halftime gave Eden Prairie a three-goal lead at the break, but to Eagles coach Judy Baxter, it was time for a little strategy.
Employing slow-down tactic that took valuable time off the clock, Eden Prairie scored five consecutive goals to start the second half and rode them to a 13-8 semifinals victory Thursday at Minnetonka High School.
Baxter called it working the clock.
“You know, the clock is your enemy when you can’t be assured of winning the draw,” she said. “We went through a period where we weren’t winning them. We needed to ask if it was worth it to score but give them a chance to go down and get a couple.”
Lakeville North coach Laura Childs called Eden Prairie’s strategy something else.
Leading by just three goals at halftime, Eden Prairie scored five consecutive times to open the second half en route to a 13-8 victory over Lakeville North in the second semifinal game Thursday at Chanhassen High School.
Brooke Lewis had six goals and two assists for the No. 1-seeded Eagles, who advanced to the championship game for the 12th time in 13 seasons.
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