Cloquet scores U-17 girls soccer state title
It’s not an easy accomplishment in the summer sport of soccer. However, Dustin Randall’s U-17 Cloquet girls soccer team of 19 players scored its roster length this past week.
Cloquet netted 19 goals in three games — the most by any team — en route to topping New Prague 3-1 and winning the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Competitive 3 Girls Soccer State Championship last Saturday in Shakopee, Minn.
Striker Kayla Baker buried a pair of goals against New Prague, while teammate Emily Roy added another for a team that also blanked both Winona 9-0 and Apple Valley 7-0.
In fact, Cloquet only trailed once all tournament, while on average, they scored every 12 minutes on the way to the title.
“We got scoring, that’s for sure,” said Randall, also the Cloquet High School girls soccer coach, entering his sixth season this fall.
Randall, assisted by former CHS player Leah Hammond, noted last week his team was atop the C3 league rankings, while they won the district and came out on top of the the six-team state field.
After winning, Randall said he and his team went to watch the U-15s’ 1-0 final victory over Lakeville to double-up titles for Cloquet.
“It was fun,” he said. “Hopefully it helps us into the fall.”