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Heath Hotzler, Published May 29 2009

ND state soccer: Post comes up big to lead Fargo Shanley past top seed St. Mary's

Fargo Shanley junior goalkeeper Sammi Post had a good cry following her team’s game against top-seeded Bismarck-St. Mary’s on Thursday.

But it’s not what you might think.

Post recorded 15 saves during regular action, and turned away two more in a shootout to help the Deacons to a 2-1 victory against the Saints during the first round of the North Dakota state girls soccer championships at the Pepsi Soccer Complex.

Shanley will play Fargo South at 6 p.m. today in the semifinals.

“This is it,” said Post, a three-year starter who was in goal as St. Mary’s scored a shootout win against Shanley in the first round of last year’s state tourney. “This is our goal. This year, we looked up at the wall where our banner should be. We put it all out there. We played with our hearts.”

Post was superb in goal all game against the Saints.

However, she was brilliant when it counted most.

She sprawled to her left to save St. Mary’s senior Laura Maddock’s attempt to start off the shootout.

Post then preserved a 1-1 shootout tie with another save against sophomore Kalah Peterson.

The Deacons, who have finished no higher than fifth in three tournament appearances, sealed the win with a goal by freshman midfielder Haley Greving. Shanley outscored St. Mary’s 3-1 in the shootout.

“She’s worked on it a ton,” Shanley coach Kevin Roos said of Post’s ability on penalty kicks. “She’s very focused. She reads it well.”

The Deacons took a 1-0 advantage on a goal by Emily Bond in the 52nd minute. St. Mary’s countered a minute later with a Samantha Harris goal.

The teams battled through a pair of scoreless 10 minute overtimes to send the game to a shootout.

“Going from last year, we wanted to get better at (defending penalty kicks),” Post said. “We worked hard in practice to get better at that.”

FIRST HALF: No scoring.

SECOND HALF: 1, S, Bond (Hager), 52nd minute. 2, SM, Harris (Obregewitch), 53rd minute.

OVERTIME: No scoring.

SECOND OVERTIME: No scoring.

SAVES: S, Post 15. SM, Moen 10.

Fargo South 1, Minot 0

The defending champion Bruins scored early and held on to beat the Magicians.

Freshman Lexi Maucort’s goal in the fourth minute was all the scoring South needed.

The Bruins’ defense limited Minot to just four shots on goal.

“We knew what they wanted to do,” South coach Michael Breker said. “We didn’t want to make a mistake on defense. We knew if we played our game we could keep them off the board.”

FIRST HALF: 1, FS, Maucort (Lee), 4th minute.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.

SAVES: FS, Fisher 4. M, Sandvold 16.

Jamestown 2, Fargo North 1

Senior Morgan Dale’s first goal of the season lifted the Blue Jays to an upset win against the top-seeded Spartans.

Jamestown will play Bismarck Century at 4 p.m. today in the semifinals.

“She’s never been a scorer,” Jamestown coach Shea Durham said. “But she’s been working hard throughout the year. … (The ball) snuck on her foot and got it. I’m glad it did.”

North took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Alyssa Dehne in the 11th minute. Western Dakota Association leading scorer Jenae Dabill tied the game in the 21st minute.

Dale’s game-winner came with 35 minutes remaining.

FIRST HALF: 1, FN, Dehne (Gunkelman, Throntveit), 11th minute. 2, J, Dabill (unassisted), 21st minute.

SECOND HALF: 3, J, Dale (Winson), 45th minute.

SAVES: J, Sand 13. FN, Waller 9.

Bismarck Century 4, Grand Forks Red River 2

A pair of penalty kicks and two goals in the 60th minute helped the Patriots advance to the semifinals.

Junior Erika Jossart finished with a goal and two assists to lead Century.

“We came out strong today,” Patriots coach Sarah McNulty said. “… All around, I was pleased with how everyone played today.”

FIRST HALF: 1, BC, Jossart (unassited), 38th minute (pk).

SECOND HALF: 2, RR, Britton (Meagher), 48th minute. 3, BC, Jacobson (Jossart), 60th minute. 4, BC, Hansen (Jossart), 60th minute. 5, BC, Neameyer (unassisted), 68th minute (pk). 6, RR, Marhula (Bateman), 75th minute.

SAVES: BC, Sipes 8. RR, Dahl 7.


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