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The Robins moved to 3-0 on the season and are in sole posession of first place in the North Conference after a 7-3 win over the previously undefeated Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs. The Robins thoroughly controlled all aspects of the game during the first 20 minutes and took a 5-0 lead into halftime. Anoka presented a few different looks offensively in the second half and managed to put a greater level of pressure on the Robins’ defense, but never truly threatened the Robins’ lead. The Mustangs scored 3 times in the final 20 minutes of the game, but the Robins responded with 2 of their own. Sam Roles was dominant in this game, scoring 5 times. Ava Hetteen scored 1 goal and had 2 assists, while Jayda Johnson also scored 1 goal. Lucas Harper continued to make solid progress as the goalkeeper, making 13 saves and looking much more relaxed as the game went on. Edgar Kinanga blocked 6 shots defensively and Darius Larson blocked 4. The Robins are off until next Thursday when they are at home to face Mounds View.
The Robins engaged in an epic battle with the Park Center Pirates in their first home game of the season this afternoon, and emerged with a thrilling, last-second 6-5 victory. Both teams traded goals throughout the first half, with the Pirates taking a 3-2 lead into halftime. The Pirates opened the second half with a goal just 48 seconds in to open a 4-2 lead on the Robins. Junior Sam Roles picked up a loose ball on the ensuing kickoff and took it all the way to the net himself, scoring just 12 seconds later to bring the Robins back within 1 goal. Freshman Calvin Bauman tied the game at the 12:53 mark, and Roles added another score 30 seconds later to put the Robins out front. Park Center tied the game at 5 with 5:04 left to play before both teams locked down on defense. With 33 seconds remaining, eighth grader Jayda Johnson attacked a loose ball in front of the Pirates net and buried it for what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Roles finished the game with 4 scores and Marcus Brady and Ava Hetteen were credited with assists. Lucas Harper was challenged in the net from start to finish, but held his ground admirably, making 19 saves for the Robins. Darius Larson blocked 6 shots, Nikki Dougan and Josh Reis also chipped in on defense, blocking 2 shots each. The Robins will face Anoka-Hennepin at home next Thursday at 4:15.
The Robins got the 2019 adapted soccer season under way this afternoon with a game at the Mounds View Rams. The Robins enter this season with a roster that looks vastly different than last year after graduating 5 seniors from last year’s squad and bringing in 6 new players for this year. The season started much like many have in the past, with the Robins scoring early and often while getting everyone involved. They managed to net 7 goals in the first 8 minutes of play and never looked back after taking a 10-1 lead into halftime. The Robins added 3 more goals in the second half to close out a very nice 13-2 win. Marcus Brady was the offensive leader for the Robins, scoring 5 times. Sam Roles added 2 goals and 3 assists to go with 1 goal and 3 assists by Ava Hetteen. Lucas Harper played goalkeeper for the first half, making 2 saves, then scored 2 goals as a forward in the second half. Newcomer Jayda Johnson scored a goal in the first half, then made 6 saves as goalkeeper in the second half. Micah Bomgardner and Josh Reis recorded 1 assist each, Nick Johnson had 1 goal and 2 assists, Nikki Dougan had 2 assists and Santana Washington had 1 goal. The Robins are at home on Thursday, September 19 to face the Park Center Pirates.
The Robins opened the 2019 Adapted Softball State Tournament in the same fashion they ended the regular season, with a dominating 5 inning victory. The Robins faced the Burnsville-Farmington-Lakeville Blazing Cats in the state quarterfinals and took charge immediately, posting the maximum 5 runs in the first inning. They added 1 run in the second, 2 in the third and 2 more in the fourth as they cruised to victory.
The second day of the adapted softball state tournament got off to a rough start for the Robins, as they struggled with their bats and their fielding when they faced the #2 seed from the South Conference, the Rochester Raiders. The game was 2-0 in favor of the Raiders through two innings, but things got out of hand quickly in the third inning, and the Raiders ultimately pulled away with a 13-3 win in 5 innings.
The Robins bounced back nicely, played some solid defense and got some timely hitting as they took home the third place trophy by defeating the Osseo Orioles 7-3. Three runs in the first inning and three more in the second proved to be more than enough as the Robins defense only allowed 5 Orioles base runners to advance to second base or beyond.
Sam Roles and Vincent Luu were named to the Wells-Fargo All-Tournament Team. Congratulations, Robins – it was another great season! #Robination
In the season finale, the Robins got solid contributions from every player on the roster and coasted to an 11-1, 5-inning victory to finish the season on a high note and lock up the North Conference Championship and a #1 seed at the State Tournament. Edgar Kinanga, Maddie Ausk, Darius Larson, Izear Joiner, Sam Roles and Ava Hetteen all finished the game with two hits each, including a game-ending home run from Hetteen in the bottom of the fifth inning. Vincent Luu had 3 RBI while Ethan Sullivan and Nikki Dougan both had 2 RBI. Roles covered all five innings on the mound, allowing just three hits to go with one earned run. The Robins finish the season with a 7-1 record and now will have two weeks to prepare for the State Tournament on May 31 and June 1 at Chanhassen High School.