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Heath Hotzler, Published May 30 2009

ND state girls soccer: Fargo South, Jamestown to play for state title today

Fargo South freshman Alexis Maucort is making quite an impression in her first season of varsity soccer.

Maucort scored the Bruins’ only goal for the second day in row Friday, helping South to a 1-0 win against Fargo Shanley in the North Dakota girls soccer tournament semifinals at the Pepsi Soccer Complex.

The Bruins will face Jamestown for a second consecutive title at 3:30 p.m. today at Fargo North High School.

“Technically, she’s a wizard,” South coach Michael Breker said. “But not only that, she’s as tough as nails. She’s got more speed than you need and she just works and works and works. She’s a workhorse.”

South, which has advanced to the state title game each of the last four seasons, thrived on defense despite the absence of standout senior Caitlyn Haring. Haring was injured when she knocked heads with another player in the Bruins’ 1-0 quarterfinal win Thursday against Minot.

The Bruins rotated several replacements Friday, and still managed to hold their opponent off the scoreboard for the second straight day.

Haring, who suffered a concussion earlier this season, will likely not return to the field for the title game.

“If we have the rotation down, and with the keepers we’ve got, we feel if we don’t make mistakes it’s going to be tough to give up goals,” Breker said. “There were mistakes but we were athletic enough and skilled enough, and our keepers are good enough, that it didn’t end up hurting us today.”

Maucort put South ahead 1-0 in the 13th minute.

The freshman took a pass from senior defender Nikole Koehn just a few feet from the Deacons’ goal and hammered the ball into the back of the net.

Shanley just missed tying the game when Aubrey Fraase drilled the post with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. Fraase was called offsides before she put the rebound past South keeper Allison Fisher.

“I think there were definitely moments of the games where we had possession and momentum,” said Shanley coach Kevin Roos, whose team will play Bismarck Century at 1:30 today for third place. “And we had chances. We just didn’t have one fall for us. … That’s just part of the game, and it’s unfortunate.”

Shanley keeper Sammi Post finished with 11 saves. Fisher stopped nine shots for South.

“We’re there,” Breker said of the title game. “We feel like we’re playing pretty good soccer right now. We expect to win. If we play the way we can play, we expect to win every time we go on the field.”

FIRST HALF: 1, FS, Maucort (Koehn), 13th minute.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.

SAVES: Sh, Post 11. FS, Fisher 9.

Jamestown 2, Bismarck Century 1

A pair of goals by junior Kaitlin Walsh helped continue the Blue Jays’ Cinderella Story.

The No. 4 seed from the West, Jamestown reached the title game with a second straight upset win.

Walsh scored back-to-back goals in the 22nd and 30th minutes to put the Blue Jays ahead 2-0.

Century’s Kelsey Schatz made the score 2-1 in the 54th minute.

The Patriots pressured for almost the entire second half. However, Jamestown’s defense was up to the challenge.

“We just worked together, tried to clear the ball as best we could,” Walsh said. “We worked together.”

Century outshot Jamestown 30-8.

“We made the most of our chances,” Jamestown coach Shea Durham said. “Then we just kind of hung back for the win. … We did what we needed, and that was limited their good opportunities.”

FIRST HALF: 1, J, Walsh (Dabill), 22nd minute. 2, J, Walsh (Hillesland), 30th minute.

SECOND HALF: 3, BC, Schatz (unassisted), 54th minute.

SAVES: BC, Sipes 2. J, Sand 11.

Consolation round

Fargo North 3, Grand Forks Red River 0

Noel Scherer finished with two goals and an assist to lead the Spartans to the fifth-place game.

North will face Minot at 11:30 a.m. today at North High.

Keeper Angie Waller finished with three saves in the Spartans shutout.

FIRST HALF: 1, FN, Scherer (St. Germain), 13th minute. 2, FN, Gunkelman (Scherer), 32nd minute.

SECOND HALF: 3, FN, Scherer (Potts), 46th minute.

SAVES: FN, Waller 3. GFRR, Dahl 8.

Minot 1, Bismarck-St. Mary’s 0

Freshman Emily Christensen’s goal in the 10th minute lifted the Magicians to victory.

Minot goalkeeper Makayla Sandvold finished with 19 saves.

FIRST HALF: 1, M, Christensen (Bachman-Williams), 10th minute.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.

SAVES: M, Sandvold 19. BSM, N. Moen 6.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562.

Hotzler’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com