Published October 20 2010
Girls soccer: Spuds fall in shutout, St. Michael-Albertville advances
They both knew the game – specifically a trip to the Class 2A, Section 8 finals – was well within reach.
Cavalier played an errant cross that bounced off her fingertips onto Schirmers foot for a goal to help St. Michael-Albertville upset Moorhead 1-0 on Tuesday in the section semifinals.
“I just thought about it the whole game,” said Cavalier, who was choked up when describing the play. “You think for every second after that about giving up that goal.”
The thoughts are sure to stick with Cavalier with Moorhead finishing its season at 11-5.
What could be even more troubling is realizing that the Spuds already beat the Knights earlier in the season.
And yes, that game was decided by one goal.
“I was just running up the field,” said Schirmers, a sophomore midfielder. “I saw the cross and I was really excited and my heart was racing. There was a lot of adrenaline.”
Schirmers’ goal provided a jolt for the rest of her teammates in the first half.
The Knights, now 12-6-1, crippled Moorhead’s midfield making it hard to create chances.
All this comes with the Knights fielding two eighth graders.
That and St. Michael-Albertville was missing head coach Megan Johnson.
“She went into labor early,” said assistant coach Brie Messick. “She wasn’t in labor (during the game), but she was on bed rest.”
Labor or not, Messick said missing Johnson motivated St. Michael-Albertville.
The motivation was easy to spot. They were a young team on the road minus their head coach and they’re fighting for balls, out running players that could easily muscle them off the ball.
It wasn’t a deterrent because the bench stood up and screamed the whole game.
Moorhead’s bench, on the other end, was like the day itself, cold and silent.
“I think in those last 15 minutes they realized, ‘Hey, we might lose this game,’ ” said Moorhead coach Nicole Wiesner. “It’s something I wish they would have had the whole game and it wouldn’t have been a problem. But the last 15 minutes is when they started picking it up.”
Wiesner admitted she was disappointed with the way the season ended.
Then there was a moment of clarity and irony.
As the sun set on her silver-rimmed sunglasses, she talked about her outgoing senior class.
“We’re losing four starters,” she said before a grin appeared on her face. “But we’re getting seven of those starters back including Kate. I think things for us are going to look good in the future.”
FIRST HALF: 1. S, Schirmers (Hendrickson), 24:33
SECOND HALF: No scoring
SAVES: S, Jensen 4. M, Cavalier 8.
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