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Schmitz named all-tourney for Cats

The Blazing Cats got a tough draw in the opening round of the 2007 adapted soccer (PI) state tournament.

The second-year team composed of players from Farmington, Lakeville, Burnsville and New Prague squared off against eventual state champion Anoka-Hennepin in Friday night's first-round and fell behind 4-0 in an eventual 8-3 setback at Stillwater High School.

Anoka-Hennepin went on to defeat Dakota United 8-2 in the semifinals and Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville 3-2 in the finals. Meanwhile, the Blazing Cats bounced back with a 7-4 victory over White Bear Lake Saturday morning in the consolation bracket.

The Bears held a 2-1 lead at the half, but Farmington's Jon Schmitz scored four of his five goals in the second half to lead the Blazing Cats comeback. Teammate Joe Dixon added a goal of his own and assisted on four of Schmitz's scores.

Schmitz scored two more goals against South Suburban in Saturday's consolation championship, but the Blazing Cats (8-6) ended up in sixth place after an 8-3 loss to South Suburban.

Schmitz, who set a state tournament record when he scored 13 goals during last year's fifth-place team finish, was named to the all-tournament team for the second year in a row. Also named to the team were Rob Wilhelm, Dan Corcoran and John Pantsari of Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville, Lesley Sherga and Jacob Wiehle of Anoka-Hennepin,

Steven Halsey and Erin Nickell of Robbinsdale/Hopkins/ Mound-Westonka, Nick Habisch of Dakota United, Josh McGill of South Suburban, Eddie Arsenal of White Bear Lake Area and Jon Hayford of Minneapolis South.