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Tom Mix, Published May 29 2013

North Dakota state girls soccer preview capsules

North Dakota state girls soccer tournament

Fargo Davies vs. Mandan, noon

Fargo Davies Eagles

Coach: Nick Christianson

Record: 9-0-1 (East Region No. 1 seed)

Key players: Emily Wendorff, Sr., F (nine goals, 14 assists); Kenzie Carlson, Jr., F (10 goals, nine assists); Reiley Klose, So., F (12 goals, six assists); Paige McCullough, Sr., F (nine goals, five assists); Lauren Orson, Sr., GK; Jenny Marsh, Fr., F (seven goals, four assists); Becca Kelly, Jr., D (two goals, two assists).

Fast facts: Davies has played 12 matches without a loss dating back to last season. … Davies defeated Fargo North in last season’s fifth-place game. … The Eagles are making their third consecutive trip to the state tournament.

Mandan Braves

Coach: Jennifer Kessler

Record: 3-4-3 (West Region No. 4 seed)

Key players: Mariah Fredericks, Sr., M (four goals, two assists); Morgan Brinkman, Sr., F (two goals); Renee Tokach, Sr., F (two goals); Rachel Ford, Jr., GK

Fast facts: Kessler has been impressed with the Braves’ defense. “I think we have a great group of girls and I’m excited to see what happens at state,” Kessler said of the Braves, who are making their first appearance at the state tournament.

Bismarck Century vs. Fargo North, 2 p.m.

Bismarck Century Patriots

Coach: Nate Ulness

Record: 6-3-1 (West Region No. 2 seed)

Key players: Joanna Jensen, Jr., F (10 goals, five assists); Lily Obrigewitch, Jr., F (six goals, three assists), Kennedie Boehm, Jr., F (four goals, two goals), Ashley Westbee, Sr., D.

Fast facts: The Patriots have appeared in all 18 sanctioned girls state soccer tournaments … Century has won a state-record six state titles with the most recent coming in 2011. … “I think we have picked up a lot of momentum heading into the state tournament,” Ulness said. “The team is switched on and ready to go.”

Fargo North Spartans

Coach: Cordell Sinding

Record: 6-2-2 (East Region No. 3 seed)

Key players: Emma Bergeron, Jr., F; Alyssa Gross, Jr. M; Andie Sarafolean, Jr., D

Fast facts: The Spartans are making their ninth straight trip to the state tournament. … North has won two state championships (1996 and 2006). … North has outscored its opponents 29-6 this season.

Bismarck St. Mary’s vs.Grand Forks Red River, 4 p.m.

Bismarck St. Mary’s Saints

Coach: Tim Mueller

Record: 8-1-1 (West Region No. 1 seed)

Key players: Taylor Gendreau, Sr., F (four goals, two assists); Taylor Peterson, Sr., M (three goals); Sydney Miller (one goal, three assists).

Fast facts: The Saints have appeared in all 18 sanctioned girls soccer state tournaments. … St. Mary’s has never won a state championship, but has finished second five times.

Grand Forks Red River Roughriders

Coach: Jessica Krog

Record: 4-6-0 (East Region No. 4 seed)

Key players: Jessica Dallman, So., F (10 goals, two assists); Payton Salquist, Sr., F (six goals, three assists); Ashley Rone, So., M (four goals, three assists); Nicole Ladouceur, Sr., GK, (68 saves, four shutouts).

Fast facts: Red River is making its 13th trip to the state tournament. … The Roughriders defeated West Fargo in a shootout during the East Region tournament to clinch their state tournament berth.

Fargo Shanley vs. Bismarck, 6 p.m.

Fargo Shanley Deacons

Coach: Kevin Roos

Record: 7-2-1 (East Region No. 2 seed, defending state champions)

Key players: Kristen Bokinskie, So., D (one goal, four assists); Sydney Dauenhauer, Sr., M/F (two goals, five assists); Julia Jordan, Jr., D/M; Carly Mickelson, Sr., D/M (two assists); Anna Reinholz, Jr. M/F (two goals, nine assists); Anna Triller, Fr., D/M (five goals, five assists); Kara Syvrud, Sr., M (five goals, three assists); Rachel Osmundson, Jr., D (four goals, four assists)

Fast facts: Defeated Bismarck St. Mary’s in a shootout last year to capture the state championship. … Shanley’s two losses this season have come against Fargo Davies, including a 2-0 loss last week in the East Region tournament championship. “This is our eighth straight year of making it to the state tournament, so that experience will help us out a lot,” Roos said. “We want to push and get back to the title game this year.”

Bismarck Demons

Coach: Carly Feiler

Record: 4-3-3 (West Region No. 3 seed)

Key players: McKenzie Kiefer, Jr., F (six goals, two assists); Grace Persico, Jr., F (four goals, two assists); Nicole Wolfer, So., M (four goals).

Fast facts: Feiler likes the way her team is coming together. “I think we are peaking at the right time,” Feiler said. “We have been creating quality scoring opportunities on offense, which is always nice heading into the state tournament.”