2017 Adapted Soccer State Tournament Review
11/17: In the opening round of the state tournament, the Robins used a balanced scoring attack to advance past the South Suburban Flyers 15-1. The Robins looked good in the opening 10 minutes before slowing down a bit , leading at half by a score of 6-0. The second half saw the Robins’ offense really come to life, with multiple players netting goals. Calvin Gerdt led the way with 4 goals and 2 assists. Maddie Ausk, Marcus Brady, Izear Joiner, Sam Roles and Kajon Terrell all scored twice, with Hayley Engebretsen adding a goal of her own. Goalkeeper VIncent Luu made 18 saves. The Robins will face the #2 seed from the South Conference, the St. Paul Humboldt Hawks at 10:30 on Saturday morning in the semifinals at Stillwater H.S.
11/18: The Robins looked like a true powerhouse in the semifinals, dominating the quick and determined St. Paul Huboldt Hawks, 7-1. The Robins were carried throughout this game by two stong performances., one from goalkeeper Vincent Luu (37 saves) and the other by Marcus Brady (3 goals, 1 assist). Sam Roles had 2 goals and 1 assist while Izear Joiner and Calvin Gerdt both had 1 goal. Hayley Engebretsen and Vincent Luu were credited with assists.
The state championship game saw the Robins get off to a good start, controlling the pace of the game while limiting the Dakota Hawks scoring opportunities. Marcus Brady scored the first goal of the game with 9:30 left in the first half, and the Robins looked like they were on their way. A defensive error with 27 seconds left before halftime led to a goal by the Hawks, leading to a 1-1 tie with 20 minutes to play. The Robins came out of the halftime break looking confused and out of sync. Another defensive mistake 4 minutes into the second half led to what turned out to be the game winning goal. The Robins managed a flurry of scoring chances in the final 4 minutes but just couldn’t connect before time ran out. Despite ending differently than everyone would have liked, it was a GREAT season for the Robins, and we all should be very proud of a second place finish! Calvin Gerdt, Vincent Luu and Izear Joiner were named to the All-Tournament team.