Eden Prairie's Brooke Lewis (8) scored in the first half against Stillwater. Photo: CARLOS GONZALEZ • firstname.lastname@example.org
After her team's 17-7 victory over Stillwater, Eden Prairie co-head coach Judy Baxter reminded her players to enjoy themselves.
“Okay, we should be celebrating,” Baxter told them in her postgame comments.
Such is the case for a team for whom nothing short of state championships will satisfy.
“That’s obviously the goal,” said junior Brooke Lewis, who scored five goals for the Eagles. ”Right now, we’re on the road to our fourth state championships. That’s our ultimate goal.”
Eden Prairie, seeking its fourth consecutive state championship, took care of the business at hand, roaring out to a 13-3 halftime lead en route to a 17-7 quarterfinal victory over Stillwater.
Using their trademark pinpoint passing Tuesday, the Eagles (15-2) got six goals from sophomore Maggie Brown and five from leading scorer Brooke Lewis.
Stillwater (11-6), which lost to Eden Prairie by identical 15-14 scores in two previous state tournament meetings, cut deficit to eight goals early in the second half, but could never get closer in the game at Minnetonka High School.
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