When Olivia Graupmann came to the stadium Tuesday, facing penalty kicks was something that crossed her mind. Kicking one, a chance to seal a victory, was farthest from that.
Scoreless through 100 minutes of Section 2AA semifinal soccer, the first 12 kicks all good, Graupmann calmly delivered the knockout blow following a Chanhasssen miss.
“I used to be a person that kicked PKs. I've been in a game where they've told me to take the first shot and the referee was very confused,” Graupmann said. “You know it's an important shot, but it's something I've practiced and been good at it, so I just tried to relax.”
Minnetonka, which lost in kicks to Chanhassen at home in the 2015 semifinals, will face top-seeded Edina at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in the section finals.
The location of the game is Shakopee Junior High West
Edina and Minnetonka have low-scoring history this season. No goals were scored in 160 minutes of regulation. The Hornets stole one in overtime 1-0.
“We're ready,” Graupmann said.
Low-scoring, overtime games is something Minnetonka is accustom to. They played in five extra session contests in the regular season.
“You get used to those pressure situations, but it's nice when we don't need to. I'd rather have us score, win right away,” Graupmann said.
Minnetonka's best chance to score came in the second half, a Riley Brackin blast finding the gloves of Chanhassen goaltender Leah Olson.
The Storm, which controlled play at times, including late in regulation, nearly ended it in the 97th minute on a hustle play from Claire Shea. Her cross from the corner found the foot of striking Katie Miller, the shot high.
Shea, Miller, Grace Navara, Lauren Roberts, Sophie Pawlyshyn, and Grace Merrill were all successful on penalty kicks for Chanhassen (10-5).
Brackin, Hannah and Anna Erickson, Mari Ferrer-Lugo, Emilia Johnson, and Emme Lindberg all scored for Minnetonka (9-4-4).