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Andover girls sneak past Champlin Park

By Luke Hanlon, SportsEngine, 05/04/22, 7:30PM CDT


A back and forth contest from the start, the Huskies held on by a goal to beat the Rebels.

Scoring the winning goal in the closing minutes for Andover is Elizabeth Schrubbe (21). The Huskies held on to defeated the Pirates at home Wednesday night 7-6. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

In a game that features 20 players on the field at a single time, it can be rare to see an individual take over. But sometimes that’s needed to get a team going. 

With Andover down 3-0, about 90 seconds remaining in the first half, Claire Nelson received the ball from a teammate roughly 25 yards away from the goal. She looked around for a teammate making a run towards the net. When there weren’t any promising outlets, she decided to take care of things herself. 

“I kind of focused on my strides, especially on the transition, and I know I can get there and get ahead, and the girls support me on that, they cut through, they got me, they know what I’m going to do,” Nelson said. 

Once her teammates cleared a path for her, she darted past two defenders and eventually found a shooting lane. 

“I go ahead and shoot the ball hard I guess, that’s what you’ve got to do,” she said. “The first ones weren't falling for me so I was kind of apprehensive, but you’ve got to go hard for each one and see where it goes.” 

This one went exactly where she planned, as her shot bounced into the net to make it a 3-1 game heading into halftime.

Claire Nelson (23) of Andover had two goals and three assists Wednesday night in Andover’s 7-6 win over Champlin Park. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner SportsEngine

First Report

Andover pulled off a dramatic comeback at home on Wednesday night to defeat Northwest Suburban Conference foe Champlin Park 7-6. 

The Rebels (4-3, 4-2) got off to as hot of a start as possible, as their first three shots all turned into goals. Fayedra Vang, Chalize Vang and Annabelle Johnson all scored in a span of 4:11 of game time to give Champlin Park an early 3-0 lead. 

The first half was goalless for almost 18 minutes after Johnson scored. Both teams had chances but Kate Ferguson and Eva Bock both made multiple stops. Ferguson finished the game with seven saves, while Bock had six. 

Claire Nelson opened the scoring for the Huskies late in the first half, converting after a solo run of over 20 yards. 

The Huskies (6-1, 6-0) tied the game up under seven minutes into the second half. Goals from Claire Lickfelt and Mallory Eldien less than 90 seconds apart made it 3-3 with most of the half remaining. 

Nelson scored her second goal of the game midway through the second half to give the Huskies their first lead of the game. 

Pandemonium broke out from there. Six goals, three by each team, were scored in the next 7:20 of game time. The winning goal came from Lizzy Schrubbe, who was set up by Nelson, who finished the game with two goals and three assists.

Annabelle Johnson of Champlin Park tallied two goals Wednesday night in the Pirates 7-6 loss to the Huskies. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

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