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2022 Girls Goalie of the Year: Sophia Johnson

By YHH Staff , 05/13/22, 1:30PM CDT


The senior backstopped Minnetonka to a runner-up finish at the 2022 Class AA State Tournament.

2022 Girls Goalie of the Year - Sophia Johnson

Patience pays off for Minnetonka senior

Coming into the 2021-2022 season, Sophia Johnson had faced a grand total of 19 shots through two years of high school hockey. 

For two seasons, Johnson rode the bench behind the ultra-talented incumbent, current Cornell goaltender Brynn Dulac, seeing action that could be described charitably as "sparingly."

Loaded with future Division I talent at forward and on defense, the primary question mark for the Skippers would be in goal. 

Johnson answered every question and then some with her performance, leading the Skippers to a runner-up finish at this year's Class AA State Tournament while playing in 28 of 31 games. Johnson posted a 21-7 record to go along with a goals-against-average of 1.74, save percentage of .915, and six shutouts. Of those seven losses, five were by a single goal, including three defeats at the hands of Class AA state champion Andover. 

While Minnetonka's offensive firepower was on full display throughout the season, Johnson's ability to keep the Skippers in games early and make the critical saves when necessary should not be overlooked or ignored. Her play was instrumental in Minnetonka's run to the state finals.  

2022 Girls Goalie of the Year Finalists

Abby Pajari, Proctor/Hermantown

Player 2021-2022 Team Level
Finlay Engfer Prior Lake 12A
Sophia Johnson Minnetonka GHS
Cejay LaValley Bemidji 12A
Maggie Malecha Northfield GHS
Emma Matack Wayzata 12A
Abby Pajari Proctor/Hermantown GHS
Anna Rader Mankato East GHS
Haley Solnitzky Stillwater 12A
Kayla Swartout Andover 15A
Taylor Thompson Forest Lake 15A

Maggie Malecha (center), Northfield

2022 Girls Goalie of the Year Past Winners

Two-time winner Uma Corniea in 2017

Year Player Team Level
2021 Jordan O'Kane Alexandria GHS
2020 Uma Corniea Edina GHS
2019 Olivia King Brainerd/Little Falls GHS
2018 Skyler Vetter Lakeville North Bantam AA
2017 Uma Corniea Edina PeeWee A

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