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Tom Mix, Published May 31 2013

Fargo Shanley triumphs at ND state girls soccer

FARGO – Fargo Shanley is headed to the North Dakota state girls soccer championship match for the third year in a row.

The Deacons stamped their tickets back to the final after defeating Bismarck St. Mary’s 1-0 during the semifinals on Friday at Sid Cichy Stadium.

The lone goal came 7 minutes, 51 seconds into the game when Shanley senior Sydney Dauenhauer knocked a shot in following a corner kick from teammate Kara Syvrud.

“We needed the fire right away, and that goal brought our enthusiasm up,” Dauenhauer said.

Shanley (9-2-1) plays Century in the title game set for 3 p.m. today. It is a rematch of the 2011 state final the Patriots won in a shootout. The Deacons won their first state championship last spring.

“She is such a good finisher,” Shanley head coach Kevin Roos said of Dauenhauer. “We had to get her in the right spot. Kara played a great ball in the middle for Sydney off the corner. Sydney has had some great goals and she puts a lot on them.”

The Deacons seized control of the match early on and never relented in the first half.

“The match started slow,” St. Mary’s head coach Tim Mueller said. “They got the ball in our end and we just couldn’t clear. We gave up the early goal, and when you are playing form behind, you do things a little different. You hurry things, and things got a little frantic for us.”

The Saints (9-2-1) advance to play Fargo Davies in the third-place match at 1 p.m. today.

Jenna Zaeske posted five saves for the Deacons and was able to hold off a late rally attempt by St. Mary’s inside the final 17 minutes.

Shanley’s defense held and as a result the Deacons will have a chance at back-to-back state championships.

“It’s amazing,” Roos said. “I know there were doubts this year, but I think we put those doubts aside.”

“We won it last year, and we are hoping to win it again this year,” Dauenhauer added. “St. Mary’s put up a good fight and it came right down to the end.”

Rachel Power posted nine saves for the Saints.

FIRST HALF: 1, S, Dauenhauer, (Syvrud), 7:51.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.

SAVES: BSM, Power, 9. S, Zaeske 5.


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