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17U soccer: Worthington falls short of state in shootout


COON RAPIDS — Faribault outscored the Worthington 17U soccer team 4-2 in a shootout Wednesday night, ending the locals’ bid for a state tournament berth one win short of their goal.

The two teams played to a 4-4 tie in regulation, with Worthington outscoring Faribault 2-0 in the first half but getting outscored 4-2 in the second half.

Victor Meza had two goals, Andrew Johnson had one and Ivan Rodriguez had one for Worthington in regulation. Meza was credited with two assists and Jesus Ordaz had another assist.

In the shootout — a best-of-five shots affair — Rodriquez and Ordaz scored Worthington’s goals on the team’s first two attempts. But Faribault scored on its first four attempts while Worthington missed on attempts three and four, ending the game.

“It was really disappointing. That’s how soccer is. Sometimes it goes your way, and sometimes it doesn’t,” said Worthington 17U coach Juan Flores. Worthington, he said, “fought hard till the end, and we never let down.”

Worthington (which finished the season 9-2-2) defeated Wright County 4-0 in its first state qualifier game on Monday, then on Tuesday shut out Gitche-Gumee of Duluth 3-0. The locals were required to win three games in three days to advance out of the cross-district qualifier round and earn a state berth.