The Blazing Cats and Robins wrapped up undefeated seasons and hoisted the championship trophies at the 2023 Minnesota State High School League Adapted Soccer Tournament. The tournament was held November 17-18 at Stillwater Area High School.
In the CI division, it was another great year for the Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville Cats. The Cats finished with a perfect season record of 11-0 and claimed their third consecutive CI title. The division is for prep athletes with cognitive disabilities.
In the PI division, the Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka Robins (10-0) improved on last year’s runner-up showing to claim their 10th title. The division is for athletes with physical disabilities.
It was an all-bird title day in the PI division, as three teams of birds also won their games.
The Cats won the title over the Dakota United Hawks, 8-1. It was the third consecutive title tilt for the teams. The Blazing Cats won 7-4 last year.
Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville senior forward Caden Roseth led all scorers with four goals and one assist. Senior forward Zach Temple added three goals for the Blazing Cats.
Senior forward Mark Manwarren scored the lone goal for Dakota United.
This was the fourth overall championship for Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville. In addition to the past three years, the Blazing Cats also won in 2013.
In the third place game, St. Cloud Area Crush topped host Stillwater/Mahtomedi Ponies, 4- 2.
Seventh-grade forward Isaiah Kuschel provided the offensive spark for the Crush, scoring a team-high three goals in the win. Senior defender Maddie Buse and junior forward Adem Mubarek accounted for Stillwater/Mahtomedi’s goals.
The consultation final was won by St. Paul Johnson over South Suburban, 3-2. This game went into overtime. Senior James Brown netted a pair of goals for the Governors, including the game winner. Ninth-grade center Betsy Malecha and ninth-grade goalie Jemarie Wright scored goals for the Jets.
Other teams in the 2023 tournament were the Park Center Pirates and the South Washington County Thunderbolts.
All-tournament team members are Roseth, Temple and Cameron Sprute, Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville; Manwarren, Colin Price and Kyle Jacobson, Dakota United; Kuschel, Maria McKnight and Logan Anderson, St. Cloud Area; Brown, St. Paul Johnson; and Mason Mora-Clark and Chase McCann, Stillwater/Mahtomedi.
In the PI Division title game, Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka Robins topped the Minneapolis South Tigers, 4-1. It was a match between two longstanding and historic adapted sports programs.
The Robins improved on last year’s runner-up showing to earn a 10th championship. Senior forward Jose Leon Estrada scored three unassisted goals for Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka. Senior forward Nick Staloch netted the only goal for Minneapolis South.
In addition to 2023, the Robins also won in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2021.
The defending champion Hawks of Dakota United topped the Rochester Raiders, 5-4 for third place. Junior forward Reece Martin scored all five goals for the Hawks. Junior center Braxton Small struck three times for the Raiders.
The St. Paul Humboldt Hawks narrowly topped the Park Center Pirates, 8-7, for the consolation crown. Junior center William Smith led St. Paul Humboldt, scoring seven of the team’s goals. Junior forward ninth-grader Ben Pfeifer tallied five goals and one assist for the Pirates.
The Anoka-Hennepin Mustangs filled out the tournament field.
PI Division all-tournament team members are Martin, Cayden Needham and Amisha Etter, Dakota United; Staloch, Christopher Trejo and Lindasue Anderson, Minneapolis South; Pfeifer, Park Center; Estrada, Josh Reis and Jayda Johnson, Robbinsdale/Hopkins/MoundWest; Andrew Westerman and Samantha Morrissey, Rochester; and Cory Feesl, St. Paul Humboldt.