Program Info for the Fall 2021 Season

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Summer Training
– Check back for more information,dates and times

Captains Practice– August 9-13 (Optional)
– All are welcome to get ready for the season together. These practices are led by the captains and are optional.

Fall Season/Evaluations-begin August 16th
– Welcome to Washburn Soccer. We plan to have 3 days of evaluations then do team placement and begin practices.

Important Dates-
– 8/11- Forms due to Athletic Office
– 8/24- Program Kickoff 6:00pm
– 8/26- Games begin
– 9/7- School begins
– 9/18- Super Soccer Saturday
– 9/28- Sylvester Cup
– 10/7- Senior Night

Sign Up for Washburn Summer Camps!

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The Washburn Youth Soccer Camp for 2021 is now open for registration. It is for youth athletes who are entering kindergarten through fifth grade in Fall 2021.

Where: Washburn High School Stadium
When: Monday June 21 through Thursday June 24, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. each day
Cost: $80.00 per camper

The varsity soccer coaches and players are excited to meet your camper. We have tons of skills activities planned. Get ready to have a lot of fun!


Congratulations to Lillian Selberg

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Wednesday, February 4th was National Signing Day, where high school athletes sign their letters of intent to play at their chosen college.  Washburn celebrated 11 athletes committing to play at the next level – including Girls Soccer Co-Captain Lillian Selberg who will heading to Gustavus Adolphus in the fall.  The ceremony can be viewed HERE

Virtual Banquet

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On Sunday evening, Oct 25th, Washburn Girls Soccer held a virtual banquet via Zoom.  Special Thanks to host Meredith Jurek & communications manager Lori Malvey (and any others involved) for an excellent event that included engaging survey interaction & a suprise appearance by the “booth guys”.  While we may not have been in person, it was a special way to wrap up our season.  The celebratory slideshow can be viewed HERE

End of Season Celebration

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On Saturday night, Washburn Girls Soccer had a program-wide celebration with players and coaches.  Here’s a link to the photos from the fun night.

We were excited to finally get all the players together. For those of you new to the program, in a normal year, all four teams would have mingled a number of times to get to know each other and for teambuilding.  Because of Covid, most of those events were canceled–no alumni game, captains’ practice, kick-off potluck, or end of the season banquet to celebrate with parents, coaches and players. On Saturday, we took some elements from another missed tradition, the Miller Cup, and all got together to celebrate 2020 style.  The Miller Cup is a practice where all four teams are mixed up to form smaller teams that compete in dodgeball, small-sided soccer scrimmages, and a dance contest.  On Saturday, the girls stayed within their regular teams but had a picnic and competed in a scooter relay race and a dance contest.  Then we took some elements from the traditional banquet and had coaches introduce their teams and hand out awards that players and coaches had voted on.  Some players also spoke.  Lastly, we had the traditional Senior Send Off where the seniors received their gifts from the booster club and each got to say a few words about her time as a Miller.

Coach Reina Nelson introduced the B Squad which is made up of eighth and ninth graders.  Their Most Improved Player (MIP) was Maggie Kocanda and Most Valuable Player (MVP) Tierney Mullady.

Coaches Sarah Shepard and Ella Endo introduced JV Blue.  Four Juniors, Anna Christensen, Arianna Hawkins, Avery Cmiel, and Tia Linder also talked about their season. JV Blue’s MIP, Tia Linder and MVP Alyvia Hildebrandt.

Coach Lydia Ruppert introduced JV Orange and Captain Paige Selberg said a few words.  MIP Kate Moore and Co MVPs Izzy McEwan and Sylvia Pulkrabek.

Coaches Cheryl Peterson and Reuben Ndely introduced the Varsity team and captains Liz Ocar, Lillian Selberg, Sonia Svedahl, and Quinn Jurek spoke.  Rookie of the Year honors went to freshman Amelia Anderson, MIP Gabby Harritt, and MVP Quinn Jurek.  Quinn and Lillian also won the Miller Award which recognizes leadership and is voted on by the entire program.

Please watch your email for another Washburn Soccer tradition—a link to the end of the year slideshow!  (Should be ready in a week or so.)

2020 certainly was a strange season, but we are happy we were able to play soccer and make some friends.  The B Squad, JV Orange and JV Blue teams have finished their seasons and the Varsity has its first Sections game at Washburn against Hopkins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 14 (streaming link to come.)  Thank you to all the family members who volunteered time and supported their student athletes and our teams this year.  A special thank you to Janet Mitdbo, Lori Malvey, Cary Percy and Laurie Kocanda for your work preparing for and running the event Saturday night.  Thank you to the parents who showed up early to help wrangle the kids!

Good luck to you all as the school year moves on.  And remember what Coach Reuben says, “Your training for next year starts now!”

Senior Night – Sept 22nd

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Tuesday, Sept 22nd we will honor our 9 seniors.  Game at 5pm vs Edision with a program to follow the game.

Watch the game HERE and then turn to our Facebook page for a live stream of the senior recognition festivities.

2020 graduating seniors are (full details HERE):

Quinn Jurek
Willa Malvey
Zarah O’Brien
Elizabeth Ocar
Anna Omdal
Linnea Schott
Lillian Selberg
Sonia Svedahl
Ellie Wells


8th Annual Sylvester Cup – Sept 10th

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UPDATE: Streaming information here:

JVO – Click Here
Varsity – Click Here

But what’s the story behind The Sylvester Cup? The Sylvester Cup is more than a crosstown rivalry, it’s a time when we honor the life of Washburn legend & community pillar- John “Sly” Sylvester.

John grew up in southwest Minneapolis and attended Washburn as a standout soccer player. After graduation, John played professional soccer for the Minnesota Thunder, leading them to a national championship. Following his playing career, John returned to Washburn to coach the girls’ team and then Coaching Director at Minneapolis United.

But in 2012, John’s dedication to the soccer community would be interrupted with a devastating diagnosis of ALS. The Sylvester Cup was launched in 2013 to celebrate his unwavering love of the game and deep connections within the Southwest and Washburn communities. We were touched to have John and his family as our honored guests at these games each year.

In 2017 at the age of 44– after a courageous, 5-year battle, we lost John to ALS. In memory of John and in honor of the thousands of lives he touched, the Sylvester Cup Scholarship was created. Awarded each year to two Washburn seniors who exemplify John’s core values – Inclusiveness, Ambassador, Commitment, Passion and Hard Work. In a season that we’re grateful to be playing, even if we can’t celebrate the Sylvester Cup the way we’d like…

Please help us grow the Sylvester legacy with a donation to his scholarship fund. Donate Via Venmo: @WashburnGirls-Soccer (note Sylvester Scholarship) “Soccer is Life! Live it to the fullest!” John ‘Sly’ Sylvester

How to watch this season

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The MPS District AD has declared no specators allowed inside Washburn Stadium for soccer matches this season.  However, our Washburn Athletic Director has worked with a local provider to stream all home games.  Links will be posted in the “Next Match” countdown on our home page and also shared via Facebook events.  There is a cost for this service and while we can’t sell tickets this season, we are asking for donations to help defray the expense.  You can contribute HERE

Soccer Ball on Orange Pitch

COVID Related Tryout Information

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Hi Millers! We are ready for the week ahead. We are asking everyone to read the following safety protocol. We are in an unprecedented time and want to do our best to keep ourselves and others safe. Please reach out with any questions. (Evaluation schedule appears after this message.)

Entering the stadium

  • All athletes must enter the stadium through the gate at the North West corner near concession stand, closest 49th Street- at the top of the stairs.
  • Masks worn into the stadium. (if you do not have a mask, we have a limited number of disposable ones for use)

Check in process:

  1. DO NOT come to training if you have any of the following:
  • new onset cough
  • shortness of breath
  • fever (100 ºF or higher),
  • chills,
  • muscle pain,
  • sore throat,
  • loss of sense of smell or taste
  • gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea
  1. Temperature Check (if 100’ or above we will have the player wait and retest 5 minutes later. If still high we will contact a parent/guardian to pick up.)
  2. Attendance taken.
  3. Bags will be placed along track 2 yards apart from each other. This will be your personal area: keep bag, water bottle, mask in your area please.
  4. You will receive a reversible numbered pinnie for you to keep for evaluations.  It is your responsibility to keep as clean as possible and you will return the pinnie at the end of the tryout window.

During practice protocol

  • Athletes must wear a mask to enter/exit the stadium.
  • During the soccer sessions, athletes must have their mask near them or in their bag and when sitting out for longer periods of time they will need to put them back on.
  • All coaches will be wearing masks when in close range of the athletes and entering/exiting stadium as well.
  • All athletes must bring their own water bottle.
  • Balls and equipment will be cleaned daily.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available and used as frequently as makes sense.  All players will use hand sanitizer when they are finished with training.


Player Reminder-

  • If you do not feel well, DO NOT COME TO TRAINING and text Cheryl at 612-202-4205.
  • It is important that you enter and leave the facility in a timely manner. No hanging around.
  • No sharing of water bottles.
  • All athletes must exit the stadium through the gate at 50th Street on the SW end of the Stadium.


Monday  come to check in and get your numbered pinnie for the week
Group 2 – 2:40-4:45 check in and tryouts (this years new players and 9th graders from 2019 B-Squad and JV Blue)-
Group 1- 4:40-7:00 check in and tryouts (upperclassmen and 2019 JV Orange and Varsity)

Group 1 Conditioning- 11:30am – 12:15pm
Group 2 Conditioning- 2:15 – 2:45pm

Group 2: 3:00-4:45 – Evaluations
Group 1: 5:00-7:00 – Evaluations

Group 2: 3:00-4:45
Group 1: 5:00-7:00

No Conditioning (UPDATED)

Teams Posted by 11:00 am (notification via email & players group text)
Team Practices: Varsity & JVO 3:00-4:45, JVB & B Squad 5:00-7;00

Team Practices 3:00-4:45 or 5:00-7;00