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Published June 04 2010

ND state girls soccer: Minot stuns Fargo North in first round

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Minot scored the biggest win in school history with an upset of top-seeded Fargo North 2-0 in the first round of the North Dakota state girls soccer tournament.

“Gigantic,” Minot coach Matt Pfau said. “We needed to win three games to get here so the girls came out with that mentality and had a great first half.”

The Magicians (7-5-3), which advanced to state with three consecutive wins to end the regular season, shocked North with an early goal by Taylor Bachman-Williams in the sixth minute to take a 1-0 advantage.

It was déjà vu for the Spartans, who entered last year’s state tournament as the East Region’s top seed before losing in the first round at state.

North (12-4-2) was uncharacteristically stagnant on defense against the Magicians, allowing several scoring opportunities within point blank range of goalkeeper Angie Waller.

The Spartans allowed just four goals during the regular season.

“They came out aggressive and ready to play,” North coach Cordell Sinding said. “We came out quite a bit passive in the first half. … We tried to change it during the course of the game. We just couldn’t pick it up.”

Minot took a 2-0 lead at the 21st minute when a Magicians corner kick was inadvertently redirected by a Spartans player into the net. North was credited with an own goal.

The Magicians, who have never finished higher than sixth at state in three tries, will take on Fargo Shanley at 6 p.m. today in the semifinals.

North will play Bismarck at 6 p.m. in the consolation round.

“It’s just all the little things,” Pfau said. “They listen to the formation and they stick with the plan. (North) had chances on the goal line, but the girls just cleared it at the last second. … We’ll let the kids get some sleep tonight and come back to work. We’ve still got two more to get – hopefully.”

FIRST HALF: 1, M, T. Bachman-Williams (Flythe), 5th minute. 2, M, own goal, 21st.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.

SAVES: M, Sandvold 3. FN, Waller 7.

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