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Duluth East boys soccer discusses playing AA teams, semifinal round against Andover

Created: October 16, 2020 10:58 PM

After edging Anoka 4-3 on Wednesday, the Duluth East boys soccer team has secured their spot in the Section 7AA semifinals on Monday. The Greyhounds sit 11-1 on the season and are looking for their first section title since claiming back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018.

"I was super, super happy we were able to have a season in the first place with COVID going on. It's great to have some kind of ending to the season to test our skill level and see what we've accomplished through this year," said junior goalkeeper Eli Kramer.

Due to the pandemic, Duluth East has only faced local competition to limit travel and only Class A teams.

Their next opponent is the defending section champion Andover. On the other side of the bracket is Centennial and Blaine. All three teams have played each other, giving the Greyhounds a slight disadvantage. They said their biggest adjustment playing Class AA teams is the speed of the game.

"I think it was the speed. We haven't really played at a high pace all year other than practice. It's pretty different. That's why the first few minutes were pretty chaotic," senior midfielder Duncan Zentz explained about their game against Anoka.

"Instead of having that second or whatever before they attack you, it's a half second. You've got to move the ball quicker," said Duluth East head coach Corey Bachand. "At the end of the day, I just think the kids are ready, excited and with what you had to go through with COVID and the change of this year, I believe that they just don't want to lose. They want to keep playing as long as we can."

East will visit Andover for Monday's matchup.

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