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Chris Murphy, Published May 09 2013

Davies hands Shanley its first girls soccer loss in regulation in 42 games

FARGO – When a team has not lost a game in regulation or overtime in 42 straight games and is the defending state champions, only teams with confidence have that game circled on their calendars. The Fargo Davies girls soccer team had Fargo Shanley circled on its calendars and Thursday at Sid Cichy Stadium, the Eagles showed why, topping the Deacons 1-0.

Apparently Davies coach Nick Christianson wasn’t keeping track of Shanley’s 42 games without a loss in regulation or overtime.

“I wasn’t aware of that,” Christianson said of the streak. “To beat the champs hopefully puts us in that category of everyone looking at us now and us stepping up there and wanting to be there at the end of the state championship.”

Just because Christianson wasn’t aware of the streak, doesn’t mean his team wasn’t.

“We were very aware,” said Davies goalkeeper Lauren Orson, who made five saves. “We played them so many years in a row and it’s really good competition, but we’re really excited to finally get a win.”

Less than nine minutes into the game, a blast off the foot of Kenzie Carlson outside the box found the top shelf of the goal to put Davies up 1-0. That would be all the scoring the Eagles (4-0) would need.

“I knew that we were with the wind and luckily it went over the top of the goalie’s head,” Carlson said. “We have to continue to play our game, play our best and don’t let it get to our heads. We’re still a great team when we want to be.”

Orson made two huge saves in the first half to keep Shanley (2-1-1) off the scoreboard. With 6 minutes, 34 seconds left in the half, Kara Syvrud fired a ball that Carlson punched up and trapped on the crossbar. Three minutes later, Syvrud found Anna Reinholz directly in front of the net for a one-timer that got past a sprawled Carlson’s leg, but the back of her foot was able to kick it away.

“The first one I’ve been practicing because they did that to me last year, so I was ready to watch the wind and everything above me,” Carlson said. “The second one was pretty lucky.”

In the second half, Davies went on the defensive.

Shanley pushed, but could not puncture the Davies defense, putting four shots on net, none of which were a real threat.

“The ultimate goal isn’t right now,” Shanley coach Kevin Roos said. “I thought we played great and we had a lot of chances, but we couldn’t finish it.”

FIRST HALF: 1, D, Carlson (Orson), 8:37. SECOND HALF: No scoring. SAVES: D, Orson 5. S. Zaeske 2.

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