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Tom Mix, Published May 29 2013

Davies' Wendorff seeking one more trophy

FARGO – Emily Wendorff has earned many individual honors and awards playing soccer at Fargo Davies, but the senior standout is missing one item on her prep soccer resume: a state championship.

Wendorff has a final chance to add a team championship to her pile of awards this weekend when Davies competes in the North Dakota state girls soccer tournament at Sid Cichy Stadium. Davies – the No. 1-seeded team from the East Region – plays West Region No. 4-seeded Mandan at noon today in the quarterfinals.

“Those individual awards are great, but ultimately what I really want is a team championship,” said Wendorff, who is committed to play soccer at Concordia this fall. “A team championship means that our whole team has worked together. … That would be the icing on the cake.”

Wendorff is a two-time all-state selection and also won back-to-back North Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year awards. The Eagles’ star forward leads the team in points with 32 and assists (14).

Davies head coach Nick Christianson said Wendorff has settled into a leadership role this season and, as a result, the Eagles have flourished.

“She’s getting the entire team involved,” Christianson said. “She’s had to carry the load in the past, but this year she has understood that there are a lot of players that can step up and finish scoring opportunities for us, and I think you can see that in her assist numbers.”

Wendorff scored nine goals for the Eagles, who enter state undefeated with a 9-0-1 record.

“The year started out rough, being indoors for a month,” Wendorff said. “Once we got outside, we knew we had to hit the ground running and we also knew we had to win every game. So far, everything has gone in our favor and hopefully the next three games go in our favor too because we have worked really hard to get to this point.”

Davies has outscored its opponents 55-3 this season. Sophomore Reiley Klose leads the Eagles with 12 goals.

Klose said the team’s strong start to the season, where Davies won its first four games – including a 1-0 win over defending state champions Fargo Shanley – was important.

“When we came out of the indoor practices we knew the season was going to be abbreviated,” Klose said. “We knew we had to come out as hard as we could.”

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