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Goalkeeper Tony Yost made five saves to preserve the victory.
The Jaguars defeated Prior Lake 3 1 in the semifinals as Nick Mhiripiri, Charlie Fitch and Brandon Mundahl scored goals. Ryan Fitch picked up two assists.
"Our team made a few adjustments heading into the playoffs and have been giant killers thus far. We are excited to play Jefferson again,"
Bloomington soccer teams vie for Section 2AA title
Kennedy fell behind 1 0 before scoring 10 minutes later in the first half on a goal from Jack Gale off a corner kick by Torres.
Kennedy led 2 1 at halftime as Sidney Otieno and Alejandro Torres scored goals. Isaac Adu Dankwa assisted on Otieno's goal. Torres scored on a free kick just outside the top of the box.
Kennedy added another upset defeating Eden Prairie 2 1 in the semifinals.
Kennedy's Sidney Otieno (19) battles Edina's Alex Van Gorp for the ball during the Eagles' 3 1 Section 2AA quarterfinal soccer victory Oct. 11 on the Hornets' home field. Kennedy defeated Eden Prairie 2 1 in the semifinals to reach the championship game. (Photo by Brian Nelson Contributing Photographer)
Jefferson brings an impressive 14 3 1 record into its section championship battle with Bloomington rival Kennedy.
Kennedy coach Bushendorf is thrilled to have his players experience a section title game.
Jefferson blanked eighth seeded Shakopee 3 0 in the quarterfinals Oct. 11 and followed with a 3 1 victory over fifth seeded Prior Lake two days later.
"We are looking forward to a tough game against Kennedy," said Jefferson coach Dan Storlien. "It will be the battle of Bloomington and both teams will be ready to play.
"We had a tough game against Kennedy before winning 1 0 late in the season. Dan Bushendorf is a great coach who has a good team."
"Our guys were mad with how our regular season went when we lost a lot of close games," said the Eagle coach. "We knew we were a better team than our record indicated.
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Kennedy's march to the section finals began with a 3 1 triumph over Edina.
It will be Kennedy's first section boys soccer championship appearance since 1994. And the Eagles won their first playoff game since 2007.
"Our defenders Brad Hinrichs, Israel Cabrera, Juan Balbuena, Simon Broccard and Lexi Cruz played well again and were a force against strong teams in the playoffs," said coach Bushendorf. "Goalkeeper Gardner had many outstanding saves against Eden Prairie."
Kennedy knocked off third seeded Edina 3 1 in the quarterfinals Oct. 11 on the Hornets' home field. Then the Eagles improved their record to 6 10 2 overall with a 2 1 triumph over second seeded and defending state AA champion Eden Prairie Oct. 13.
Jefferson lived up to its No. 1 seed in Section 2AA with two impressive wins.
Otieno came through with an insurance goal in the second half. Lexi Cruz was credited with an assist. Tom Gardner tended goal for the winning Eagles.
Kennedy took a 2 1 lead in the first minute of the second half. Adu Dankwa headed the ball into the net with assistance from Cristofer Ramirez.
Not many high school boys soccer followers were surprised that top seeded Jefferson reached the Class 2A, Section 2 finals.
The Jaguars edged Kennedy 1 0 during the final week of the regular season. Both Bloomington coaches Nike Air Vapormax Womens Purple
expect a close and spirited section championship game.
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