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Wayzata wins title, finishes undefeated with victory against Stillwater

11/02/2017, 4:45pm CDT
By DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune

The 2A championship match was a rematch of the teams that met in the 2016 final.


Wayzata defender Drew Galinson (3), far left, and his teammates celebrated their Class 2A championship victory Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

Taking everything into account, Wayzata’s undefeated season, several blowout victories and finally, redemption for last season’s title game loss to Stillwater, Daniel Welshons concluded, “It’s almost as perfect as it could have been.”

Welshons and the Trojans defeated Stillwater 2-0 in the Class 2A boys’ soccer championship game Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Sophomore sensation Patrick Weah scored in the 54th minute and Ethan Wagner added a tally with 16 seconds left.

No. 1 seed Wayzata (20-0-2) won its third state championship overall and first since 2005. The Trojans settled for second on four different occasions since their last title.

No. 2 seed Stillwater (18-2-2) had hoped join recent back-to-back champions Apple Valley (2009 and 2010) and Anoka (2014, 2015).

Trailing 1-0 late, the Ponies lost key forward Jorge Malon to a red card ejection with 2:24 to play. He made an obscene gesture toward the referee before walking off the field. The Ponies played a man down for the remainder.

Wayzata’s defensive strategy included keeping bodies around Malon and fellow attacker Spencer Scott, who ripped a blast in the second half that Welshons denied. Near-misses plagued Stillwater all game.

“We kept creating chances and had them fall to the keeper or go wide,” Ponies’ coach Jake Smothers said. “You start thinking, ‘Is this really going to be the day where things don’t break our way?’ It turned out that was the case.”

Meanwhile, Wayzata turned to Weah to ignite the offense. The cheers of the Trojans’ gold-clad faithful rang out after Weah’s second-half goal.

“Patrick is a big-time player,” Wayzata coach Dominic Duenas said. “He plays well beyond his years.”

The Trojans’ year-long focus on execution rather than redemption kept Weah’s head in the game.

“I was very excited and happy but I was like, ‘It’s time to work hard now; it’s not over yet,’ ” Weah said.

Malon, a senior playing in his final high school soccer game, received two yellow cards in the second half, resulting in his ejection.

“I’m disappointed in him,” Smother wrote in a text message. “He has to answer to the high school league, his family, his team and ultimately himself.”


Wayzata forward Patrick Weah (10) celebrated with teammates after he scored to give his team a 1-0 lead against Stillwater in the second half Thursday at U.S. Bank Stadium. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

First report

Wayzata capped an undefeated season with a 2-0 victory against defending champion Stillwater in the Class 2A boys’ soccer state championship game.

Patrick Weah scored in the 54th minute for the Trojans, who redeemed themselves after falling to Stillwater in last year’s title game.

The cheers of Wayzata’s gold-clad faithful rang out through U.S. Bank Stadium after Patrick Weah’s second-half goal.

No. 1 seed Wayzata (20-0-2) won its third state championship overall and first since 2005. The Trojans settled for second on four different occasions since their last title.

No. 2 seed Stillwater (18-2-2) had hoped to join recent back-to-back champions Apple Valley (2009 and 2010) and Anoka (2014, 2015).

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