AV’s victory bunches soccer standings

Eagles upset defending state champ Eastview

If South Suburban Conference boys soccer coaches were looking for parity this season, they found it.

Through Tuesday, after every team played four league games, only one had yet to lose to a conference opponent. That was Eagan, which had two victories and two ties.

That’s good news for a team such as Apple Valley, which was hoping to improve rapidly in the second half of the season and now might have a conference championship to play for.

Apple Valley’s 1-0 victory over Eastview on Sept. 12 helped tighten the standings.

“We lost 18 guys from last year, and that’s a lot of experience to lose,” Apple Valley coach Chuck Scanlon said. “Our goal is to be playing our best in the (section) playoffs in three weeks, but we’ve been on a nice little three-game run.

Apple Valley beat Park of Cottage Grove 2-0 and Burnsville 8-1 before upsetting the defending state champion Lightning. That gave the Eagles (4-3-2 overall) a 3-0 record against Section 3AA opponents, which could be significant when the section playoffs are seeded next month.

Nathan Wilson scored with about 10 minutes remaining in the Eastview game. Earlier, an apparent Apple Valley goal was waved off because of an offside and Eastview goalie Kyle Lamott saved an Eagles penalty kick.

“Eastview’s a really good team, easily a top-10 team in the state,” Scanlon said. “If we can beat them, we can beat anybody.”

Apple Valley, which struggled to find the net earlier in the season, is starting to score a few more goals. Abdirahman Ali Hassan and Collin Trankel had two goals each in the victory over Burnsville. Hassan, a senior and a former junior varsity player, has lent speed to the Apple Valley lineup, Scanlon said.

Patrick Erredge was in goal for the three consecutive victories and has played seven games in a row overall.

Apple Valley’s three game winning streak ended with a 1-1 tie at Lakeville North on Tuesday. The Eagles, 2-1-1 in conference play were to take on Prior Lake at home Thursday. The Eagles will play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Henry Sibley, another potential Section 3AA opponent.