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Ryan S. Clark, Published September 28 2010

Girls soccer: Spuds fall to Wave in OT, Moorhead’s Cavalier makes 22 saves in tough loss

A streak stayed in tact, it just wasn’t the Moorhead girls soccer team four-game winning streak.

East Grand Forks used a 1-0 overtime win Monday to extend its unbeaten streak against Moorhead to six games.

The last four games have all been decided by one goal in overtime.

“It’s tough,” said Moorhead coach Nicole Wiesner. “It’s real tough.”

Moorhead falls to 7-3 while East Grand Forks improves to 11-1-1.

All game long East Grand Forks forward Emily Swenson was a problem for Moorhead.

The speedy junior midfielder kept fighting for possession. She was able to make the quick pass.

At times she made tackles, frustrating the Moorhead midfield. Swenson was at her best when she was in front of net.

With three minutes into the second overtime, a pass was played to Swenson, who rifled a shot past Cate Cavalier for the game-winner.

“She’s really tall and it was hard at times to get around her,” Swenson said of Cavalier. “I was just able to get the ball and put it past her.”

Swenson’s goal electrified the East Grand Forks bench. The bench stood for the rest of the game.

Moorhead’s bench sat in disbelief once it became clear East Grand Forks could win again.

Losing to East Grand Forks was so devastating, some players cried following the game.

Cavalier, a junior, was cool before, during and after the game.

She made 22 saves including a few saves that could have given Swenson a couple of goals.

“When (Swenson) was coming at me, I thought I was in a position to stop her,” Cavalier said. “I guess I wasn’t.”

Wiesner said she was extremely pleased with how her team played.

Especially Cavalier.

She mentioned Cavalier’s performance frequently in the team talk following the game.

“If it’s not for Cate,” Wiesner said. “Maybe this is a 2-0 game instead of a 1-0 game in overtime.”

FIRST HALF: No Scoring.

SECOND HALF: No Scoring.

OVERTIMES: 1, EGF, Swenson, 87:00.

SAVES: M, Cavalier 22; EGF, Grassel 13

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548