The Orono girls soccer team ended its regular season with five straight shutout victories and will enter the Section 6A Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
The Spartans defeated Cretin-Derham Hall 1-0 on Saturday, Oct. 5, in their regular season finale. Senior midfielder Gabby Hrykas scored the lone goal on a header.
The Spartans also defeated Holy Family Catholic 2-0 on Thursday, Oct. 3, as seniors Ally Swenson and Sadie Koltes recorded goals.
The Spartans ended up sharing the Wright County Conference title with Waconia as both teams finished the conference schedule with a record of 8-0-1.
With their 10-3-3 overall record, the Spartans received the No. 1 seed in section 6A and will receive a first round bye in the 15-team section. The Spartans will face the winner of the match between No. 8-seed Maranatha Christian Academy and No. 9-seed Becker on Thursday, Oct. 10.
The Spartans have been a balanced team offensively this season as 10 players have scored multiple goals, but no player has more than six.
Freshman midfielder Nora Chouanard leads the way with six goals and four assists. Senior midfielder Reiley Prueter has five goals and three assists, while Koltes is third on the team with four goals and six assists.
Looking further ahead in the section tournament, the Spartans could face No. 4-seed Heritage Christian Academy in the semifinal round. Potential section championship game opponents include No. 2-seed Monticello and No. 3-seed Watertown-Mayer.
The Mound-Westonka White Hawks are the No. 13 seed in the section and were scheduled to play Heritage Christian Academy in a first round match on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
receive No. 2 Seed
The Orono boys soccer team finished its regular season with a pair of draws against Holy Family Catholic on Oct. 3 and Breck on Oct. 5 to finish the with an overall record of 12-2-2.
Before the two ties, the Spartans had won 10 straight matches dating back to Sept. 5. The team hasn’t lost a match since a 3-2 setback to Monticello back on Sept. 3.
The Spartans received the No. 2 seed in the Section 6A Tournament and were scheduled to face No. 15-seed Heritage Christian Academy in a first round match on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The Spartans have six players on the roster who have scored at least four goals this season, making them a hard team to defend on the offensive half of the field.
Sophomore midfielder Ben Summers leads the way with 10 goals and four assists, while senior forward Reece Clifford is another dynamic player with seven goals and six assists.
Other key offensive players include sophomore midfielder Andy Dewitt (five goals), junior midfielder Will Johnston (four goals, four assists), sophomore forward Ben Halloff (four goals, four assists), and junior forward Fin Rohrer (four goals, one assist).
If the Spartans get past Heritage Christian Academy in the first round, they would face either No. 7-seed Rockford or No. 10-seed Mound Westonka in the quarterfinal round on Thursday, Oct. 10.
Mound Westonka finished with a regular season record of 6-10, but ended the regular season on a high note with a 2-1 victory over Providence Academy.
Holy Family Catholic is the No. 3 seed on the same side of the bracket as Orono, while Waconia looms as the No. 1 seed on the opposite side of the bracket.