Eden Prairie girls soccer team remains undefeated

Sports Editor

Eden Prairie’s girls soccer team has gotten off to an incredibly hot start to kick off the 2015 season.

Senior defender Kelly Kruse kicks the ball upfield to Eden Prairie’s offense in their 3-0 win over Minneapolis Southwest. Kruse scored a goal in the win. (Sun Current staff photo by Chris Chesky)
Senior defender Kelly Kruse kicks the ball upfield to Eden Prairie’s offense in their 3-0 win over Minneapolis Southwest. Kruse scored a goal in the win. (Sun Current staff photo by Chris Chesky)

The Eagles have won their first three games of the season and have yet to allow a goal. Eden Prairie has outscored its opponents 6-0 to begin the season.

“We’ve been playing well, but we’re just getting started,” Eden Prairie head coach Noel Quinn said.

In their most recent win, 3-0 over Minneapolis Southwest, Eden Prairie showed off its offense early, scoring two first half goals before adding on their third goal of the game in the second half.

Seniors Brianna Lupo and Kelly Kruse and junior Naomi Rogge scored the three Eden Prairie goals. Lupo also assisted on a second goal.

While the team’s tri-captains Lupo, Meghan Verkinderen and Maddie Milbrath have received a lot of the credit for aiding the Eagles’ hot start, Quinn believes that the winning streak should be considered a team effort.

“The conditions have been hot, which means players are fatigued more quickly and the players we have on our bench are as skilled as the players we have on the field,” Quinn said. “We have a lot of good players.”

An early winning streak is a great way to begin the season, but Quinn envisions his team’s start is only the beginning, as he believes that it will take 10-12 games before his team will be at full strength.

“We’re just looking to improve,” Quinn said. “We have not yet approached our highest level.

“We don’t know what our team will look like in the end. We’re just trying to work the process in order to get somewhere close to being good.”

Eden Prairie (3-0-0) will look to continue their hot streak against Minnetonka 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Minnetonka High School.

Minnetonka is also 3-0-0 after the first three games. Senior goalie Katie McMillan is a key player for the Skippers along with senior defender and captain Reagan Fleck.

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