Author: Steve Mulholland

Eagles’ senior forward Zachary Fier celebrates his game-winning goal vs. Wayzata on Monday. Photo by Rick Olson Under the bleachers at Aerie Stadium on Monday night, the garage door leading to the soccer dressing room was open prior to the Eagles boys’ soccer match with top-ranked and undefeated Wayzata. Eden Prairie co-head coach Jim Williams could be overheard sharing the strategy for the evening’s challenge. “Just go right at ’em,” the coach told his players. That’s exactly what they did. It didn’t matter that the Eagles had lost to Wayzata earlier in the season in overtime. It didn’t matter that…

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Eagles’ junior defender Avery Wallace battles for the ball vs. Wayzata Monday night. Photo by Rick Olson The Eden Prairie girls’ soccer team was presented with a formidable challenge under the lights on Monday night. Undefeated and No. 1 ranked Wayzata traveled to Aerie Stadium for the second meeting between the two teams. Earlier this season, the Eagles fell to the Trojans in a 4-0 contest.  “I think early in the year, we had a lot of kids trying to grow into roles that were very new for them,” Eagles’ head coach Kelly Taylor said. “And I think we’ve established…

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Eagles’ senior forward Zachary Fier celebrates his game-winning goal vs. Wayzata on Monday. Photo by Rick Olson It was a night of high drama, thrilling finishes and outstanding performances Monday as the Eden Prairie boys’ and girls’ soccer teams played host to Wayzata. The boys’ game kicked off the evening with the Eagles taking on the No. 1-ranked and undefeated Trojans at Aerie Stadium. The teams traded goals in the first half, with Eagles’ junior forward Ryan Donohue scoring midway through the half to tie the score at one. The Eagles raised the stakes with a physical battle in the…

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Eagles’ junior Dennis Rahouski intercepted a pass Friday vs. Prior Lake. Photo by Rick Olson Eden Prairie head coach Mike Grant had a wry smile on his face after the Eagles’ showdown with Prior Lake Friday night. Grant’s team had been upset by Rosemount the week before, and they started this week’s contest by spotting Prior Lake 7 points compliments of the Lakers’ opening kickoff return that went 85 yards for a touchdown. “We had them right where we wanted them at that point,” Grant said with a mix of deadpan and a twinkle in the eye. The coach recalled…

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The fifth-ranked Eden Prairie Eagles ensured a happy homecoming Friday night at Aerie Stadium with a 28-14 win over second-ranked Prior Lake. The win boosts the Eagles’ record to 4-1 overall after last week’s upset loss to Rosemount. Previously unbeaten Prior Lake drops to 4-1 with the defeat. The evening began with fireworks and not from the homecoming festivities. Prior Lake senior Joey Krouse returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 Lakers lead. The Eagles maintained their composure with solid defensive play and ball control on offense. Junior running back Liam Berndt and senior running…

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Eagles’ senior defender Eleanor Thomas battles for the ball vs Edina Wednesday night. Photo by Rick Olson The winds of autumn blew into Aerie Stadium Wednesday night, bringing a chill to the air and providing some challenging conditions in the EPHS girls’ soccer team’s clash with Edina. The two teams met earlier in the month on the Hornets’ home field, where Edina came away with a 2-1 win. The same team won by the same margin on a gusty evening in Eden Prairie, with the Hornets outlasting the Eagles 1-0 in a match that saw both teams battling the elements.…

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Senior captain Kylie Bamlett competed for the Eden Prairie “Red” team Sunday at the Land of 10,000 LAX tournament. Photo by Rick Olson If you’re ever in search of a lacrosse wonderland, consider Eden Prairie as your No. 1 destination, at least in early September. That’s when the Eden Prairie Lacrosse Association (EPLA) and the EPHS Girls’ Lacrosse Booster Club take over Aerie Stadium and the surrounding athletic fields for the annual Land of 10,000 LAX tournament. “LAX” is the common abbreviation for lacrosse, but nothing was abridged about this event, which played host to 30 high school teams and…

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Eagles head coach Mike Grant and his 1992 football team were honored during Friday’s pregame ceremony at Aerie Stadium. Photo by Rick Olson They made the trip from all parts of the country, flying in from California and Texas; others arriving from Ohio, Colorado and Tennessee. Many came from parts of the Twin Cities metro and greater Minnesota. All of them gathered under the lights this past Friday night, on the same field they played football 30 years ago. They are members of Mike Grant’s first team at Eden Prairie High School and have become known as “the team that…

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Eagles’ senior defensive end Chiddi Obiazor (9) forced a fumble Friday night vs. Farmington. Photo by Rick Olson The Eden Prairie football team honored their past and took a glimpse into their future Friday night at Aerie Stadium. Head Coach Mike Grant’s 1992 team was introduced in a ceremony before the Eagles clashed with Farmington. The group was Grant’s first team at Eden Prairie, and one that rebounded from back-to-back one-win seasons in 1990 and ’91 to reach the regional playoffs the following year in Grant’s inaugural campaign. “That group from ’92, they were our first champions and the first…

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The Eden Prairie girls’ soccer team has high aspirations for their 2022 season. But to reach their goals, the Eagles know they need to play their best against the best. Saturday’s game against 2nd ranked Edina, which opened Lake Conference play, had the makings for a good early-season test. “They’ve won the Lake Conference the last couple of years,” Eden Prairie head coach Kelly Taylor said, adding that the Hornets don’t have many holes in their lineup. “They have some of the best players in the state and on reputation alone, they’re always good.” Unfortunately for the Eagles, Edina’s play…

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