A metro soccer game between Totino Grace and Prairie Seeds Academy ended in an all-out brawl, shocking both coaches and fans.
The two teams were playing for a trip to the State Championship when the fight broke out.
This is the second time in as many years the two have met to compete for a trip to state. The rivalry is growing, but those watching told FOX 9 News no one expected the game to end in a fight.
In the final seconds of the game, with Prairie Seeds up 2-1, punches started to fly.
The first swing was thrown by one Prairie Seeds player, and a Totino Grace player retaliated. Soon, the brawl quickly escalated to involve several more players. A Prairie Seeds player even punched the Totino Grace coach in the head as he tried to break up the melee.
"One of their kids swung at our players, then it escalated from there, a lot further than it should have gone," said Totino Grace Co- Captain Ryan Zurbay, who was on the field during the fight.
A Totino Grace player needed two stitches for a split lip suffered during the fight, and his teammates told FOX 9 News they didn't know why the fight erupted.
"I'm just kind of disappointed a section final would have to end like that for no apparent reason," said Totino Grace co-captain Connor Schmidt.
In a post game interview with Channel 12 Sports, Ismaila Jome, a player for Prairie Seeds, said there is something more to the madness.
"It was wild, but it's happened to us before," Jome said. "Other teams just try and get into our heads after we win, and we're trying to our composure more."
Although Prairie Seeds came away from the game with a victory, their spot in the state tournament could be in jeopardy, and some athletes could face criminal charges. Maple Grove police are investigating and are in the process of reviewing the entire video.
"Any time there's an assault, it is concerning to us, especially with our young people. We try to protect them and want to make sure that they're safe when they're engaging in activities," said Maple Grove Police Captain Keith Terlinden.
The Minnesota High School League is also investigating, looking at how this could impact both teams going forward. The executive director hopes to have a decision by Monday.
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