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Tom Miller and Greg DeVillers / Forum Communications Co., Published May 31 2012

North suffers shootout loss at ND state girls soccer tournament

GRAND FORKS – Minot goalkeeper MaKayla Sandvold didn’t have time to celebrate after stuffing Fargo North’s fifth and final kick to keep the shootout score even.

That’s because she was up next to kick.

Sandvold made the key save and followed by booting the game-winner to lead the Magicians to a shootout victory over Fargo North after a 1-1 tie couldn’t be solved through two sudden death overtimes on Thursday in the North Dakota state quarterfinals at Cushman Field.

Minot (12-3-0) advances to face unbeaten Fargo Shanley (17-0-1) in the state quarterfinals at 6 tonight.

“People usually look puzzled when I step up to kick in shootouts,” Sandvold said. “But being a goalie helps knowing what other goalies are thinking. I saw their goalie a little to the right just a hair, so I went left side and it went in.”

Sandvold also made 14 saves through 80 minutes of regulation and a pair of 10-minute overtimes.

“She was great for us today,” Minot coach Matt Pfau said. “She was a stud. She won the game for us.”

With the shootout tied 2-2, Sandvold stopped a shot by North’s Emma Bergeron to set up her own offensive heroics.

Pfau said Minot practiced shootouts each of the past six days.

“We couldn’t have been more prepared,” he said. “I felt comfortable going in. MaKayla had been really good in practice. I was confident, but still nervous.”

North had battled back from a 1-0 deficit after a scoreless first half. Minot’s Teasha Hughes headed in a free kick from teammate Bailey Bachman-Williams early in the second half to give the Magicians the lead.

The Spartans, though, answered with a goal from Bobbi Simmer with 13 minutes, 32 seconds left in the second half.

FIRST HALF: 1, M, Hughes (Bachman-Williams) 5:00.

SECOND HALF: 2, FN, Simmer (Shockman) 66:00.

SHOOTOUT GOALS: M, Christensen, Bachman-Williams, Sandvold. FN, Muellenberg, Gross.

SAVES: FN, Schmiess 14. M, Sandvold 14.

Bismarck St. Mary’s 1, Fargo Davies 0

Sydney Miller’s primary role has been that of a playmaker this season. But the Bismarck St. Mary’s junior showed that she has finishing power Thursday.

Miller’s goal provided all of the offense as the Saints edged Fargo Davies 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota state girls soccer tournament at Cushman Field.

“I’ve scored a couple of times this season,” Miller said. “That was probably the biggest goal I’ve ever had.”

Miller’s fourth goal of the season came on a free kick from the top at the 55-minute mark. She blasted a shot that beat Davies goalie Lauren Orson high to the left corner of the net.

“Sydney knows her role,” St. Mary’s coach Tim Mueller said. “She’s not a big scorer. But she has a gun for a leg.”

That one goal stood behind the stellar play of a Saints defense anchored by Rachel Power.

FIRST HALF: No scoring.

SECOND HALF: 1, BSM, Miller 55:00.

SAVES: BSM, Power 15. FD, Orson 2.

Bismarck Century 2,

Grand Forks Red River 1

The Grand Forks Red River girls soccer team, the East Region’s fourth seed, put an upset scare into the defending state champions and West Region No. 1 on Thursday at Cushman Field.

Bismarck Century, however, needed just one breakdown to put that fear to rest.

Century sophomore defender Tara Welch scored with 4 minutes, 46 seconds left in the second half to lift the Patriots to a win over the Roughriders.

“I thought we really dictated in the second half, but we made one mistake and they capitalized,” Red River coach Jessica Krog said. “When we made a mistake, they jumped all over it. That’s what good teams do.”

FIRST HALF: 1, BC, Obrigewitch (Dollinger) 26:00.

SECOND HALF: 2, GFRR, Fetsch 66:00. 3, BC, Welch 76:00.

SAVES: GFRR, LaDouceur 12. BC, Leintz 7.

DeVillers and Miller write for the Grand Forks Herald