8 Years Ago – Record setting soccer season ends too soon
In the fall of 2005, the Magic soccer team was dreaming big, with good reason. Following a one-loss regular season, Monticello entered postseason play as the No. 1 seed, and with the state tournament on their minds.
After receiving a bye in the first round, Monticello dispatched No. 9 Rockford with a 3-0 victory in the quarterfinals. While the Magic struggled to generate the offense they were looking for, the defense was stout. Rockford got off just one shot on goal for the entire game.
Senior captain Robbie Fedor was able to pick up the slack offensively, doing more than enough to get Monticello the victory. In the first half, Fedor headed in a free kick from Brian Ringenberg to open the scoring. In the second half, Fedor added a second goal, following a scramble in front of the net.
In the final minutes, senior Dominic Wilson tacked on one more goal, providing the final margin.
The win set up a semifinal match with Orono, the No. 4 seed.
Monticello’s scoring output continued to lag behind its early season pace. Despite some good opportunities early, the Magic couldn’t put the ball in the net during the first half. The best opportunity came when leading scorer James Blue got a good look halfway into the opening stanza, but his kick clanged off the post.
In the second half, it was more of the same. Monticello’s defense remained stellar, but its offense couldn’t get going. As the game moved into one overtime period, and then a second, very little changed.
At the end of two overtime periods, Monticello had outshot Orono 16-8, but had nothing to show for it. Still locked in a 0-0 tie, the game went to a shootout.
Orono scored three times in the shootout, while Monticello got just one goal, from Fedor, as the Spartans knocked off the top-seeded Magic.
Despite the abrupt end, it was hardly a lost season for the Magic. The team finished with a 17-2-1 record, including an unblemished 10-0 conference record on their way to being crowned Mississippi 8 champions. They set team records on both the offensive and defensive side of the pitch, with their 112 goals scored and only nine goals allowed, for a remarkable plus 103 goal differential.
17 Years Ago – Big plays help Magic to Homecoming win
In the first half of a wild Homecoming shootout with Columbia Heights, the Magic went through a stretch of scoring three times in just eight plays.
Yet at the half, they led by just one.
Each of their scores was in fact a counter to a Columbia Heights score.
Monticello took a 7-6 lead on a 57-yard catch and run touchdown for Pat Hook from Bryan Goudy. The Magic scored again, quickly, on a 64-yard touchdown toss from Goudy to Sam Johnson.
After consecutive Columbia Heights touchdowns, running back Mike Lynch went 44 yards on a sweep, giving the Magic a 20-19 halftime lead.
In the second half, it was the defense’s turn to step up. With Heights pinned back in its own end, linebacker Nick Holker intercepted a pass and took it 25 yards to the house.
On the ensuing defense position, Monticello got a stop and then a blocked punt, setting the offense up with great field possession. Travis Quill would catch a 14-yard touchdown from Goudy plays later, giving Monticello a 33-19 lead. Heights added a late score, but Monticello hung on for a 33-25 Homecoming win.
Goudy completed just five passes but threw for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Lynch ran for 92 yards on just eight carries. Andy Shaffer had a big game on defense, the linebacker recorded six solo tackles, nine first hits and six assists as well as a forced fumble.
25 Years Ago – Redmen reach third straight state meet
In the late 1980s, the Monticello girls cross country team showed a remarkable stretch of consistency, not to mention greatness. By the time October of 1988 rolled around, the Redmen were looking to qualify for their third straight state cross country meet.
With a second place finish at the Region 2AA meet in New Ulm, they did just that.
Monticello improved their times from the year before, while three girls finished in the top ten, as they finished 36 points behind first place Fairmont at the meet.
Prior Lake finished third, 35 points behind Monticello.
Jenny Ridgeway was the top finisher for Monticello, finishing third in the two mile race with a time of 11:45. Joanna Johnson finished ninth (12:16) and Julie Bensen (12:20) was tenth, to round out the top ten finishers. Jenny Brevik (17th, 12:28) and Janel Dawson (22nd, 12:37) also helped boost Monticello to its second place finish. Helping hold off other runners were Barb Baldwin (35th, 12:56) and Tonya Carroll (60th, 13:27).
Monticello finished seventh at the state meet.