2019 State Boys Soccer Summary
Edina earns fourth Class AA crown; Academy of Holy Angels wins first in Class A
Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 10:09 AM
The Edina Hornets won their fourth title after defeating East Ridge of Woodbury 2-1 in the Class AA title game. In Class A, Academy of Holy Angels won its first championship. The Stars defeated the defending champions from The Blake School of Minneapolis 3-2 in double-overtime.
Academy of Holy Angels sophomore midfielder Noah Hermanson ended a double-overtime thriller with a long-range shot from outside the box in the Class A title game. That gave the Stars a 3-2 victory over The Blake School and their first title.
The defending champions from Blake trailed 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining in regulation but rallied on goals from junior midfielder Keegan Jones and sophomore midfielder Jackson Lagos. Their goals were three minutes apart.
This was the first title in three championship game appearances for Academy of Holy Angels. In 2000 and 2001, the Stars were the Class A runners-up.
St. Cloud Tech rebounded to capture third-third honors after defeating Orono 2-1. The Spartans led 1-0 at the break, but junior midfielder Ethan Miller scored both goals in the second half to secure the Tigers’ victory.
Top-seeded Edina capped an undefeated season with a 2-1 victory over No. 3 East Ridge in the Class AA championship game. Senior forward Oscar Smythe scored the game-winner after receiving a pass from junior midfielder Henry Rose, tapping it twice, and then sending the ball low and left from the edge of the 18-yard box. Smythe's goal, his second of the game, snapped a 1-all tie and earned the Hornets their first state championship since 2001 when Edina capped a string of three consecutive titles.
Smythe gave the Hornets a one-goal advantage in the 18th minute following a scramble in the box after a free kick. Senior midfielder Cullen Featherstone evened the score in the 54th minute.
East Ridge finished as the Class AA runner-up for the second time and first since 2015.
In the Class AA third-place game, St. Paul Central defeated Minneapolis Washburn 1-0. Assem Elsayad, a junior midfielder, scored in the 77th minute on a blast from 30 yards out to give the Minutemen the victory.