Using a play they had practiced all season long, Andover juniors Rebecka Musungu and Alli Jenkins teamed up for a goal that broke a scoreless tie en route to the Huskies' 2-0 upset of top-seeded East Ridge on Thursday.
Musungu found midfielder Jenkins with a pass that produced an open shot for a goal with 18 minutes, 55 seconds left in the Class 2A girls' quarterfinal game at Chisago Lakes High School.
"It just comes so naturally between us," Jenkins said of Musungu. The duo have been playing together since they were 10 years old.
"We had been talking about it the whole game,'' Musungu said. "I knew if I had played it there, she would have been there."
East Ridge (14-5-1), which had shut out its five previous opponents, had kept the unseeded Huskies (16-2-1) at bay with stingy coverage on ballhandlers. Raptors sophomore goalkeeper Payton Gutenberg stopped five shots. The Raptors' offense outshot Andover 10-7 but didn't control the ball in the second half.
"I always considered us a second-half team, so I felt pretty good going into the second half," Raptors senior midfielder Emily Bunnell said. "Unfortunately, the ball didn't bounce our way."
Musungu added an insurance goal for the Huskies on a header. She had plenty of motivation to get back to U.S. Bank Stadium, where the semifinals will be played. She saw it for the first time last Sunday when the U.S. women's national team defeated Switzerland.
"Now I get to play there, and it's like so fun," Musungu said.
Andover junior goalkeeper Aly Cole stopped 10 shots.
Centennial 2, Lakeville North 1 (shootout): What was junior midfielder Hailey Feela thinking before she scored the clinching goal in a shootout won 3-1 by her Cougars over Lakeville North?
"I prayed [and] was very nervous," Feela said.
Lakeville North junior forward Natellya Henry scored the first goal of the shootout. Then Centennial junior defender Amanda Ahles and junior midfielder Meghan Wilson each scored, setting the stage for Feela.
Lakeville North (13-4-2), the No. 4 seed, struck first in regulation with senior forward Lauren Witte's goal in the opening half. Centennial (16-0-3), the No. 5 seed, tied it 1-1 on a long shot by freshman Olivia Lovick.
"I wasn't getting many opportunities in the middle of the season, and I just couldn't find the net," Lovick said.
Both teams then settled in defensively. Lovick put a second-half shot in the net, but the referees called offsides.
Centennial senior goalkeeper Sveiven stopped nine shots. Taylor Lock, Lakeville North's senior goalkeeper, had 10 saves.
"She's very intense, and she probably took it harder than anybody," Panthers coach Jeremiah Johnson said.
Hill-Murray 1, Waconia 0: Katherine Schindler scored an early second-half goal to lead the Pioneers (14-7) over the Wildcats (17-4) in a quarterfinal match at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud. Ella Hulsey had the assist on the goal. Waconia had scoring chances late in the match but couldn't beat Pioneers goaltender Elise Potvin.
Benilde-St. Margaret's 6, St. Cloud Apollo 0: The Red Knights' Vivian Shinall scored four second-half goals in a rout of the Eagles (13-4-2). The top-seeded Red Knights (16-4-1) got a first-half goal by Amanda Cassidy before breaking open the match after halftime. Ingrid Lundberg also scored.