Soccer State Tournament, 2022: Girls Class A Championship
Posted: Friday, November 4, 2022 - 10:02 PM
St. Anthony Village High School made it a really big day for the Tri-Metro Conference on Friday, Nov. 4. Even more, an historical day for the district located in the first suburban ring northeast of Minneapolis. For the first time in school history, the Huskies are returning with a state championship in a girls athletic activity.
That milestone was achieved late, during Game 5 of the Minnesota State High School League’s six-game soccer championship feast at U.S. Bank Stadium. As well, St. Anthony Village became the third member school from the Tri-Metro Conference to claim a soccer championship by recording a 3-2 victory over St. Paul Academy in the Class A championship game.
Senior midfielder Eileen Cardona, senior defender Anna Abel and junior forward Meghan Przybilla supplied the goals to send the No. 4-seeded Huskies (14-3-1) past No. 3 St. Paul Academy. In the process, the Huskies joined Holy Angels (Class AA girls) and DeLaSalle (Class AA boys) as schools from the Tri-Metro Conference to win a soccer title on Friday.
While St. Anthony Village opened its doors as a high school in 1961, this is just the sixth season that girls soccer has not been a co-op activity with another member school. St. Anthony Village ended the season on a nine-game winning streak.
“This is really a great moment for our school community,” St. Anthony Village Activities Director Troy Urdahl said during the awards ceremony. “This will be remembered forever.”
Przybilla gave the Huskies a 3-1 lead with a goal off a free kick in the 63rd minute. The two-goal cushion was important because St. Paul Academy didn’t go away quietly. The Spartans pulled to within 3-2 in the 70th minute on a header from senior Maryeva Gonzalez. Earlier, teammate Sawyer Bollinger-Danielson carved into St. Anthony Village’s 2-0 lead on a shot to the low left corner.
Cardona opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the second minute and Abel made it a two-goal lead in the 42nd minute on a shot to the upper left corner off a corner kick.