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Girls soccer: Spartans double up Bruins: Freshman's only goal this year wins game for Fargo North

Freshman Shantel Johnson's first goal of the year proved to be the game-winner as Fargo North defeated Fargo South 2-1, locking up first place in Eastern Dakota Conference girls soccer on Monday.

North's goal celebration
Fargo North soccer players McKenzie Leier, from left, Shantel Johnson, Kelsey Skunberg and Ellen Potts celebrate Johnson's second-half goal against Fargo South Monday evening at home. Photo by Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Freshman Shantel Johnson's first goal of the year proved to be the game-winner as Fargo North defeated Fargo South 2-1, locking up first place in Eastern Dakota Conference girls soccer on Monday.

"(Johnson) was grinning from ear to ear after the goal," said North coach Cordell Sinding. "She was kind of in disbelief that she scored against South."

Sinding said his team remained aggressive toward the end of the game, wearing down the South players.

"They were still coming into our zone and creating problems for defense," Sinding said. "But we were able to hold them off and clear the ball with the help of the wind."

Sinding singled out his goalkeeper Angie Waller for one particular stop she made in the first half.

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"South was really pressing us," Sinding said. "We were kind of on our heels, which is not good in soccer. And Angie kept us in the game by making one save with her face."

At halftime, Sinding said Waller said it hurt, but not as much as it would have if she'd allowed a goal.

Fargo South coach Michael Breker singled out his team's seniors Nicole Koehn and Caitlyn Haring as standout players on a windy day.

North next plays West Fargo at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. For scoring summary, see Scoreboard on D5.

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