Aquinas edges Mill Valley in 5A soccer regional finals
The Mill Valley boys soccer team was unable to earn a spot in the Class 5A state quarterfinals, but the Jaguars ended the season with a performance they were proud of.
The Jaguars lost 2-0 in the regional finals Thursday at St. Thomas Aquinas, the eight-time defending state champions.
“I thought it was probably one of our best played games,” MVHS coach Arlan Vomhof said. “Every single person that was on the field gave 100 percent.”
Mill Valley stuck right with Aquinas throughout the first half, and after 40 minutes the score was deadlocked at 0-0.
“We stepped up to the challenge and played really well,” Vomhof said.
But the Saints finally broke through Mill Valley’s stout defense when senior Andrew Brown cleaned up a corner cross and scored Aquinas’ first goal of the game.
Mill Valley tried to stay close, but was unable to break through the Saints’ strong midfield.
Vomhof said the Aquinas midfield controlled the ball very well and was aggressive when a 50-50 ball was in the air.
In the 63rd minute, the Saints tacked on their second goal when senior Cooper Crooks scored.
Vomhof pointed out that his young goalkeeper, Taylor Hunter, stopped several balls from going into the net.
Despite the season-ending loss, Vomhof said the Jaguars have plenty to build with after an 11-6-1 season. They will return several players next year.
“Continue to working on the basics,” Vomhof said of what his team will emphasize in the offseason. “The boys are going to be older. They’re going to be bigger. They’re going to be stronger, and I think that’s going to be a big asset to us next year.”
The Jaguars defeated Washington 11-1 on Tuesday Oct. 24 at MVHS before moving onto to the regional final.
Aquinas (12-5-1) next plays Tuesday in the state quarterfinals. The state semifinals and finals will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, at Piper High School.