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Tom Mix, Published May 30 2013

Fargo Shanley tops Bismarck in ND state girls soccer with late goal

FARGO – Fargo Shanley freshman forward Sarah Jacobson saw nothing but 10 yards of wide-open space between her and Bismarck goalkeeper Sara Bachmeier on Thursday.

Jacobson capitalized on the opportunity, scoring the game-winning goal in Shanley’s 2-1 win over Bismarck during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota state girls soccer tournament at Sid Cichy Stadium.

Freshman teammate Anna Triller booted a pass out of traffic to Jacobson. The goal came at 69 minutes, 12 seconds.

“I took one touch, shot it and luckily it went in,” Jacobson said. “Anna made an awesome pass and she definitely made that play happen.”

Shanley (8-2-1) advances to play Bismarck St. Mary’s in the semifinals at 6 p.m. today. It is a rematch of last year’s state championship game.

“It was a huge goal for Sarah,” Fargo Shanley head coach Kevin Roos said. “She is such a competitor, and it was awesome to see her get rewarded after all the hard work she has put into this season. (Anna) Triller played a great ball across to Sarah. Sarah was cool, calm and did what she needed to do.”

Shanley opened the game’s scoring when junior midfielder Anna Reinholz scored to make it 1-0 in favor of the Deacons 25:44 into the first half.

Bismarck’s McKenzie Kiefer answered less than six minutes later.

“Bismarck battled,” Roos said. “We kept putting the pressure on in the second half and finally found the net.”

Bismarck (4-4-3) advances to play Grand Forks Red River in the consolation semifinals at 4 p.m. today.

FIRST HALF: 1, S, Reinholz, (Heinrich), 25:44. 2, B, Kiefer, (Springan), 31:05.

SECOND HALF: 3, S, Jacobson (Triller), 69:12.

SAVES: B, Bachmeier 9. S, Zaeske 1.

Bismarck St. Mary’s 2, Grand Forks Red River 1

Bismarck St. Mary’s junior defender Abby Richter picked a perfect time to score the first goal of her varsity career.

Richter’s goal helped the Saints to a win over Grand Forks Red River in the quarterfinals.

The match appeared destined for a shootout, but Richter took a pass from teammate Sydney Miller and booted it on goal past the reach of Roughriders goalkeeper Nicole LaDouceur. The golden goal was scored at 99:30 of the match.

“I thought we had the game in the bag after we scored the first goal, but then we went to overtime,” Richter said. “I have never scored before, so when I shot the ball I was hoping for the best. I thought if it didn’t go in, maybe somebody could get a goal on the deflection.”

St. Mary’s (9-1-1) and Red River (4-7-0) each had quality chances in the two overtime periods, but the Saints’ persistence won out.

Red River showed resiliency after falling behind 1-0. Roughriders senior defender Paige Goodman scored a goal with 7:48 left in regulation to force overtime.

“That was a big goal,” Red River head coach Jessica Krog. “We have been missing that all season. It showed that we could play from behind against the No. 1-seeded team from the West. Obviously, we would have liked to close out that game and get the win so it’s heart wrenching to lose.”

LaDouceur recorded 12 saves for the Roughriders.

Senior defender Jarren Fallgatter scored the Saints’ first goal off a corner kick.

FIRST HALF: No scoring.

SECOND HALF: 1, BSM, Fallgatter, (Miller), 49:22. 2, GFRR, Goodman, (LeNoir), 72:12.


SECOND OVERTIME: 3, BSM, Richter, (Miller), 99:30.

SAVES: GFRR, LaDouceur 12. BSM, Power 6.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562