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13U boys win tourney in shootout
The New Prague U13 boys’ soccer team is dominating the competition this year, with a regular season record of 10-0 and two tournament championships under their belt. They recently took first place in the Plymouth Soccer Association Minnesota Classic.
“We couldn’t be happier with our boys’ performance,” agreed Coaches Corey Broberg and Chris Yattaw. “We saw our toughest competition of the season and the boys definitely rose to the occasion - they represented New Prague well against typically more seasoned Twin Cities Metro clubs and are definitely a team to watch out for.”
The Trojans started the tournament with a high energy win, defeating Orono 8-0. Their second game, and perhaps their most competitive game of the season, ended in a 0-0 tie against PSA, whom the Trojans would face again in the championship match.
With their third game cancelled due to poor field conditions, the Trojans moved into the championship game against PSA which ended in a 1-1 tie, leading to a shootout where each team took five penalty kicks with only the opposing team’s goalie to defend.
Quinn Yattaw was in the net for the Trojans and made a key save on PSA’s first shooter. That was enough to secure the win and tournament championship as all five New Prague shooters converted their kicks into goals.
“When our goalie Mike Nendick broke his wrist in the second game of the season, we needed a backupplan – and Quinn has the right combination of speed, agility and determination to dominate in the net,” said Broberg. Yattaw added,
“Quinn is a good example of the kind of players we have on our team. They are a versatile bunch, each with the ability to fill many roles from forward to goalie. It is one of our team strengths.”
Broberg and Yattaw are confident going into the final weeks of play and are preparing the boys for their first appearance at the regional and state tournaments.
“We’re one of the top teams to play against in the Classic 3 division – our boys play tough and smart and clearly their hard work is showing on the field.”