Year in Review 2011: Royals restore their roar, reach state
The Woodbury girls soccer team made a return to the state tournament in 2011, taking down previously undefeated Mahtomedi 2-1 in overtime in the Section 4AA final on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Mahtomedi High School.
Woodbury junior attacker Kristina White scored both of the Royals' goals in the game - including the game-winner, which came 5:01 into the first overtime, beating Mahtomedi and sending Woodbury back to state.
"It's a great feeling, it's awesome," White said after the win. "This is where we belong. It's our home. It took courage and passion. We had to fight to the final buzzer, obviously. We just had to fight."
With less than five minutes remaining in the first 10-minute sudden-victory overtime, White stole the ball from Mahtomedi's back defender just outside the box, dribbled once, and scored the breakaway goal into the lower left corner.
In the past nine seasons, Woodbury has qualified for the state tournament eight times - claiming four state titles in the process. However, in 2010, Woodbury failed to reach state for the first time in nine seasons, falling 2-0 to Stillwater in the section final.
Entering the game, Mahtomedi was ranked second in Class AA. Woodbury was ranked fourth. The win helped avenge a 1-0 loss to the Zephyrs earlier in the season - back on Sept. 24 in Woodbury.
The Royals' ride in the state Class AA girls soccer tournament ended abruptly, however, in a 1-0 loss to Burnsville.
The Blaze's lone goal came at about 10 minutes into the second half.
The loss was Woodbury's first since Sept. 24, when it lost to Mahtomedi. Woodbury finished the regular season with a 16-4 record.