FARGO -- Bismarck St. Mary’s gave West Fargo Sheyenne’s girls soccer team a rude welcome to the Mustangs’ first state tournament appearance in program history. The Saints survived a late flurry to upset the top seed out of the east 3-2 in the state quarterfinals Thursday, June 1, at Sid Cichy Stadium.
“I don’t think this is an upset,” St. Mary’s coach Jack West said. “We’ve hit the post 26 times this season. If those are goals, we are the No. 1 team. It’s really not an upset. It’s a deserved victory and hard work paying off.”
A backbreaker for the Mustangs seemingly came when Sinclaire Candreva’s bomb from more than 40 yards out took a weird bounce and ended up in the back of the net to make it 3-0 with 27 minutes, 49 seconds to go.
That wasn’t the case, as the Mustangs scored two goals in 45 seconds to cut the lead to 3-2. Madison Urlaub found Yasmina Dokara in the box on a corner kick and Dokara found the back of the net with 20:59 to go. Urlaub netted a goal of her own 45 seconds later to cut the lead to one.
“We came into this game knowing we could play with them,” St. Mary’s junior Britta Curl said. “We knew we could win. When they got those two it’s easy to get scared and panic, but I thought everyone on the team did a great job staying composed. We have some good leaders out there.”
St. Mary’s didn’t waste much time. Gabrielle Easton found Curl behind everyone, and Curl went top shelf to open the scoring 7:18 into the match on the first shot of the contest for the Saints.
Curl made it 2-0 on a penalty kick with 5:38 left in the first half.
Sheyenne’s Hayley Rindahl hit the far post and Brooke Boyer’s header off the rebound was swallowed by St. Mary’s goalkeeper Hallie Schweitzer with less than 15 minutes to go. Urlaub had a look with 2:19 to go, but Schweitzer grabbed that one as well.
“We didn’t play our best, things didn’t go our way, but that’s life,” Sheyenne coach Paul Grendzinski said. “If you play hard or try hard, no matter what you’re doing in life, it’s good enough. I hope they learn to stay consistent. Life doesn’t always work out the way you want it to.”