The Dakota United Hawks won the physically impaired (PI) division of the adapted state soccer tournament Nov. 18 at Stillwater High School. The Hawks defeated Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville 8-2 in the quarterfinal round and topped Park Center 8-6 in the semifinals to earn a spot in the championship game against Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka. The Robins had defeated the Hawks in state tournament play the last seven years. After falling behind 1-0, the Hawks tied the game before halftime and scored the only goal of the second half to secure a hard-fought 2-1 championship victory.
This was the Hawks’ sixth PI soccer title, the first since 2006, and the 20th state title for the Hawks’ cognitively impaired (CI) and PI programs in all adapted sports since 1997.
Members of the state championship team are: Blake Jackson, Kyle Jackson and Tyler Fry of Apple Valley High School; Charles Schultz and Riley Wisniewski of Eagan High School; Ryan Costley, Edward Nelson and Daniel Sonnenberg of Eastview High School; Jack Cahn, Cooper Chelstrom, Anjaleek Conner, Hailey Douglas, Isabelle Menne and Gabrielle Stahl of Rosemount High School; William Davidson of Falcon Ridge Middle School; Samuel Gerten of Rosemount Middle School; Adam Okke of Scott Highlands Middle School, and Alejandro Jorgenson of Valley Middle School of STEM. Student managers are Danielle Kniefel and Kara Buecksler. The head coach is Lorrie Buecksler and assistant coaches are Jacob Maas, Paul Stokke and Steve Eggleston.