More than 80 of Southwest High School’s boys play on four soccer teams—Varsity, Junior Varsity, Sophomore, and Freshmen. Tryouts begin in mid-August and games are scheduled from the end of August through October.
In 2010, the Boys Varsity Soccer team was a state finalist in the large school division. Their trip to the state finals capped a 21-1 season record. This Lakers team won the Minneapolis conference, beating arch-rival South twice, and won their section in a convincing manner. Southwest was ranked 2nd in the state most of the season. The Lakers had a very stingy defense, giving up only 2 goals the entire regular season. The team could be as good in 2011, with an extremely strong Junior class returning as Seniors.
In 2009, the Boys Varsity Soccer Team finished the season ranked 3rd in the State. The Lakers won the Minneapolis Conference. Their regular season record was 16-1. The varsity scored 76 goals, while only alowing 5. They allowed no goals at home. The boys allowed the least amount of goals of any team in the state.
In 2008, the Boys Varsity Soccer Team finished the season ranked 10th in the state.
The Boys Varsity Soccer Team won the 2007 Conference Championship, the first for the team since 2004. The team's final ranking for the season was #8 in state, and they led Class AA in goals allowed (8) and shutouts (13), both school records.Their overall record was 15 wins, 3 losses, 1 tie. The JV team also won their conference championship this year with an overall record of 14 wins, 1 loss, and 0 ties.
In 2006 the Varsity team was the Section 5AA champions, and they placed 4th overall in state. This was the 5th time in Southwest history that the Varsity team appeared in the state tournament and the second-best finish in school history. Other recent varsity conference championships were in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Jamie Plaisance, a 1992 Southwest graduate, begins his 16th year coaching at Southwest and his 8th year as head coach. He leads a staff of 6 coaches. The program is supported with the help of an active parent booster club that assists with fundraising and volunteering.