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Eric Peterson, Published June 02 2010

Girls soccer: ‘She’s always everywhere’

Angie Waller has played soccer with Noel Scherer since grade school, yet Waller still marvels at Scherer’s tenacity.

“Even I just stand back in the goal and I’m like ‘Holy, Noel,’ ” said Waller, who is a senior goalkeeper for Fargo North High School. “She’s always everywhere on the field and she never gives up. … There is not another girl in the state that I think can match her intensity.”

That intensity has helped North earn the No. 1 seed from the Eastern Dakota Conference for the North Dakota state tournament, which starts Thursday in Jamestown. The Spartans

(12-2-2) play Minot at 4 p.m. in the state quarterfinals.

“She’s so strong and she’s got speed,” North coach Cordell Sinding said of Scherer, who was named the EDC senior player of the year. “When you put those two together it intimidates opponents.”

Scherer’s aggression on the soccer field, however, can be misleading, Waller said.

“I think everybody thinks she’s intimidating and really mean, but she’s actually really, really funny,” Waller said.

Scherer – who has signed to play Division I soccer at the University of North Dakota – and Waller said they are both emotional players who are serious competitors on the field.

While Scherer, who plays center midfield, has fueled the offensive with a team-high 29 points (12 goals, 5 assists), Waller has been solid in net.

Sinding said Waller’s background in volleyball and basketball has helped her excel as a keeper.

“She’s very, very good at the high aggressive ball played to her,” Sinding said. “It’s the high game that she has been excellent at. She basically closes the door on that type of stuff.”

Waller has served as the final line of a defense that has allowed six goals through 16 games.

Waller, who is headed to Minnesota State Moorhead to play volleyball, has a 0.46 goals against average with eight shutouts and a 95 percent save percentage.

“We always set the tone,” Scherer said of her and Waller. “It’s like if we’re having an off game I feel like the team feeds off our energy and then we kind of all sink down.”

Scherer is a team captain along with senior Jamie St. Germain, a midfielder who is third on the team with 19 points (6 goals, 7 assists). Junior forward Alyssa Dehne has also been a key contributor with 21 points (8 goals, 5 assists).

Scherer, Waller and Dehne are first-team all-state players. St. Germain is a second-team all-state selection.

The Spartans are looking for their first state crown since 2006. North has played in the state title game five times since 2001.

“We have one goal,” Scherer said. “We all are making our way to it and that’s to win the state title. It’s our time.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.