ND state soccer: Maucort scores two goals as Fargo South wins second straight championship
Fargo South maintained its status as North Dakota's top girls soccer team on Saturday. Freshman Lexi Maucort scored two goals to help Fargo South to a second consecutive state title with a convincing 4-0 victory against upstart Jamestown in the s...
Fargo South maintained its status as North Dakota's top girls soccer team on Saturday.
Freshman Lexi Maucort scored two goals to help Fargo South to a second consecutive state title with a convincing 4-0 victory against upstart Jamestown in the state tournament title game at Fargo North High School.
"We lost a ton of players last year," said South coach Michael Breker, whose team didn't allow a goal in three tournament games. " ... We had a little bit of a lull in play and, in the middle of the season, we thought, 'Who knows if this is even possible?' And we kicked into high gear, came into state as the second seed and our play spoke for itself."
Much of the Bruins' sparkling play came on the defensive end, where players worked nonstop to keep the ball out of the net.
Even without standout defender and senior captain Caitlyn Haring in the lineup due to a head injury on Friday, South was able to keep its scoreless string alive with a group of talented players. Haring returned to the field on Saturday and was named to the all-tournament team.
"We worked a ton on defense, specifically how we move, how we play and how we shuffle the ball out of the back," Breker said. "With the goalkeepers we have and with the defenders we have, we got it down and we nailed the rotation perfect."
The Bruins (10-2-2) jumped to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Maucort in the game's 12th minute.
Maucort corralled a perfect pass just inside the scoring box, turned and drilled the ball past Jamestown goalkeeper Erin Sand for a 2-0 South advantage in the 35 minute.
Maucort scored four of the team's six tournament goals.
"It's luck," Maucort said. "I just try to finish it as hard as I can. (The year has) been great. I was nervous in the beginning because I'm a freshman. Teammates have been so great. I wish I could relive it.
"It's just been so much fun."
South kept crashing the net in the second half.
The Bruins scored on goals by Shannon Lee and Andrea Rapp to make the score 4-0.
Jamestown, which advanced to the title game as the No. 4 seed from the West, had trouble containing South's speed throughout the title game.
However, the Blue Jays did generate some scoring chances of their own. They were kept off the scoreboard due to the Bruins' defense and five saves by keeper Allison Fisher.
"Their team speed was just absolutely too overpowering for us," said Jamestown coach Shea Durham, who will resign to become the assistant director of coaching for Fargo's Red River Soccer Club. "They were fast, they were quick girls. We have some players that can definitely hang with them. But, as a group, it's a little tough."
FIRST HALF: 1, FS, A. Maucort (Koehn), 12th minute. 2, FS, Maucort (Wilson, Jorgenson), 35th minute.
SECOND HALF: 3, FS, Lee (Jorgenson), 51st minute. 4, FS, Rapp (Lee), 75th minute.
SAVES: FS, Fisher 5, Bush 0. J, Sand 12.
Fargo Shanley 1, Bismarck Century 0
The Deacons continued their string of improvements at the state tournament with a win in the third-place game.
Senior Hannah Langseth scored in the 65th minute to break a scoreless tie. It was the 70th goal of her prep career.
Deacons goalkeeper Sammi Post stopped 13 shots in the shutout win. Patriots keeper Caja Sipes finished with 12 saves.
Both teams played outstanding defense throughout the game, stopping point-blank chances deep in the offensive zone.
Shanley didn't place in its first state appearance in 2006. The team finished fifth in 2007 and fourth last year.
The win over Bismarck Century was Shanley's first in program history.
FIRST HALF: No scoring.
SECOND HALF: 1, S, Langseth (Hager, Kanwischer), 65th minute.
SAVES: BC, Sipes 12. S, Post 13.
Fargo North 5, Minot 1
The Spartans scored off three Asha Throntveit corner kicks en route to a win in the fifth-place game.
Throntveit's first corner sailed unassisted into the net to put the Spartans ahead 1-0 in the fourth minute.
Molly Gunkelman hammered home a Throntveit corner to put North ahead 3-0 in the 16th minute.
Alyssa Dehne scored off Throntveit's third corner kick of the first half to make the score 4-0 in the 19th minute.
Minot's lone goal came on an Emily Christensen penalty kick with 4:27 remaining.
FIRST HALF: 1, FN, Throntveit (unassisted), 4th minute. 2, FN, Scherer (Potts), 6th minute. 3, FN, Gunkelman (Throntveit), 16th minute. 4, A. Dehne (Throntveit), 19th minute.
SECOND HALF: 5, FN, Potts (Scherer), 41st minute. 6, M, Christensen (unassisted), 75th minute (pk).
SAVES: FN, Waller 8. M, Sandvold 13, Burbach 0.
Grand Forks Red River: Annie Marhula.
Fargo North: Alyssa Dehne, Noel Scherer, Asha Throntveit.
Fargo South: Allison Fisher, Nikole Koehn, Lexi Maucort, Sierra Maucort, Caitlyn Haring.
Fargo Shanley: Jillian Stallman, Hannah Langseth, Taylor Hager, Sammi Post.
Bismarck Century: Arika Westbee, Erika Jossart, Tessa Neameyer.
Bismarck St. Mary's: Lily Obregewitch.
Minot: Shannon Walsh, Alex Bachman-Williams.
Jamestown: Morgan Dale, Jenae Dabill, Kaitlin Walsh.
Player of the year: Laura Maddock, Bismarck St. Mary's
Coach of the year: Cordell Sinding, Fargo North
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