by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
The Wayzata Trojans, a perennial power ranked No. 2 in Class AA, stymied the Rogers Royals 3-0 on Wednesday evening, their second shutout of a District 728 school this young season.
The game was played at National Sports Center in Blaine as part of the Challenge Cup tournament.
“We are down this year,” said Trojan coach Tony Peszneker — although that’s in comparison to finishing second, first and third in the last three state tournaments. “We lost a lot. Most of our scoring. Most of these girls were JV last year. But even in a ‘down’ year we still had 98 kids come out.”
Wayzata’s 5-0-1 mark includes a 4-0 win over Elk River and a tie with No. 1 ranked Eden Prairie, the team that beat them in the state finals last year.
After a scoreless first half with Rogers, Maddie Eklin scored in the fourth and ninth minutes of the second half, and Marika Kelly scored in the 71st minute.
Rogers, the 2010 state Class A champion playing in Class AA this year, is 3-2 in non-conference matches.
“I thought we played awesome in the first half,” said Royal coach Holly Sutton, adding that her team had to try keep up with a furious pace set by Wayzata.
“You can only keep playing your very best for so long,” Sutton reflected, about breakdowns that led to two quick goals in the second half. “We are happy with how we played.”
Rogers goalie Jacqueline Zoubek, who made seven saves in the first half, was drawn out of the goal in each of the shots the Eklin made early in the second half.
Rogers put about eight shots on Wayzata goalie Mara Dougherty but none were difficult to stop.
Rogers is back in action Thursday, playing at Minneapolis Southwest at 5:30 p.m.