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1996-1997 School Year
1996-1997 Varsity Team Photo: Front Row: K. Winkel, E. Ranum, S. Tennessen, M. Meegan, M. Lee-Erickson K. Sharp, A. Lee. Middle Row: J. Brom-Palkowski, L Priesen, J. Tennessen, J. McConville. Back Row: Head Coach A. Cardarelle, A. Wolters, M. Weiss, R. Rye, A. Diaz, B. Larson

With an experienced team, the Tiger Soccer squad had a lot of expectations.  Three time defending champions, goals of Region title and an appearance in the State Tournament seemed to be in sight.

The Tigers opened the defense of their conference title against Edison. The Tommies were no match for the Tigers, falling 8-0.   This was followed by a 3-0 win over Washburn.  North was demolished 13-0.

Southwest, the Tigers’ top rival, was next on the conference agenda.  The Tigers and Lakers fought back and forth.  At the end of regulation, the score was 2-2.  The game entered overtime.  Neither team scored.  The game ended after overtime in a 2-2 tie. South held a ½ game lead because they played one more conference game that Southwest did.

South took on Henry has Southwest played Edison.  South won 4-1 over the Patriots, while Southwest was beating up on Edison 11-0.

The last game of the season was against Roosevelt.  The Tigers took care of business and won easily, 8-0.  They clinched a share of the conference title.  After Southwest beat Washburn 4-0, South needed help from North to take the title outright.  Five days later, Southwest and North faced off.  South, hoping for a Polar upset, had to settle for a tie.  Southwest won 9-0.

South played two non-conference games against conference opponents.  The Tigers defeated Washburn 4-0 and tied Southwest 0-0.

South’s season ended when St. Louis Park defeated the Tigers in the Region Tournament 2-1.

Head Coach Amy Cardarelle was assisted by J. McGinnis, Missy McGinty, and B. Schroder.