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Published June 04 2010

ND state girls soccer: Stallman helps South to victory against St. Mary's

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Jillian Stallman was a playmaker for the Fargo Shanley girls soccer team the last few seasons.

Now she’s filling the same role for Fargo South.

The first-year Bruins midfielder finished with a goal and an assist to help two-time defending champion South to a 2-1 victory against Bismarck St. Mary’s during the first round of the North Dakota state soccer tournament Thursday at Hillcrest Soccer Complex.

South will play Eastern Dakota Conference rival West Fargo at 4 p.m. today for a berth in the state finals for the fifth straight year.

“I’m really happy I switched,” said Stallman, a junior who played for the Deacons the last three years.

So are the Bruins.

Stallman was all over the field on Thursday, harassing all Saints who entered the middle of the field.

She set up South’s first goal with a nice pass to junior forward Andrea Rapp, who pounded the ball past St. Mary’s keeper Nicole Moen at the 13th minute.

The Bruins (11-2-4) held a 1-0 halftime lead.

“She sees the field really well,” South coach Michael Breker said. “She controls the game and does a lot for the defense and the offense.”

St. Mary’s knotted the game at 1-1 with an unassisted goal by Kalah Peterson.

South had several offensive chances in the second half before Stallman put the Bruins ahead with a goal in the 68th minute. The Bruins had six of their 11 shots on goal in the second half.

“That was nice,” Stallman said. “I like scoring when it counts.”

FIRST HALF: 1, FS, Rapp (Stallman), 13th minute.

SECOND HALF: 2, BSM, Peterson (unassisted), 48th. 3, FS, Stallman (Maucort), 68th.

SAVES: BSM, Moen 7. FS, Fisher 7.


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