Lakeville North has been one of the most dominant girls' soccer teams in the state all season. That didn't change Thursday.
The Panthers controlled play from start to finish and took care of Blaine with a 2-0 victory in the Class 2A quarterfinals at Chisago Lakes High School.
Lakeville North has not given up a goal in 13 consecutive games.
"It's always hardest when a team's up for elimination," Panthers coach Jeremiah Johnson said. "So you've got to grind it out all the way to the end."
The Panthers (17-1) scored first when Olivia Bruce took a crossing pass in front of the net and buried it for a 1-0 lead with 14 minutes, 55 seconds to play in the first half.
Lakeville North had several scoring chances before the first goal but was stopped by Blaine goalkeeper Emily Brown, who kept her team in the game.
"That's the best I've seen a female high school goalkeeper play — ever," Johnson said.
Blaine (8-7-5) appeared to tie the score with 23:20 left when Hailey Borja tapped a rebound past Panthers keeper Taylor Lock.
But the goal was waved off after the referee determined Lock had possession of the ball before it came loose.
The Panthers got some breathing room with 14:50 to play when Alexis Tousignant knocked in a rebound after Blaine couldn't clear the ball. That made it a 2-0 score and halted any momentum the Bengals had started to gather in the second half.
Lakeville North allowed only three goals all season. The Panthers posted victories of 5-0, 5-0 and 4-0 in section play en route to the No. 1 seed in the state tournament.
"Our defense has a lot of chemistry, and they work really hard," Bruce said. "We're really proud of our defense and Taylor."
Eden Prairie 1, Wayzata 0: Kara Bean scored the game's only goal on a rebound in the second half as the Eagles blanked the Trojans to advance to the Class 2A semifinals.
Eden Prairie's goal came moments after a corner kick, which was set up by a 1-on-3 rush Bean had toward the Wayzata net.
Her shot was stopped but set up a corner kick for the Eagles (14-3-3). The ball on the ensuing kick bounced to Bean, who fired it past Wayzata keeper Kendall Koenen.
"I just saw the goal and a bunch of people," Bean said. "I just kind of whacked it."
These teams split their two regular-season matches. Wayzata (14-5-1) entered Thursday's game as the No. 4 seed, but was evenly matched throughout the contest by No. 5 Eden Prairie.
Benilde-St. Margaret's 4, Sartell-St. Stephen 0: Two seniors led the Red Knights over the Sabres at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud.
Midfielder Aleksa Tataryn and defender Taylor Gelling each scored two goals in the match. Their second goals came 94 seconds apart early in the second half.
Senior Sophie Roux assisted on three of the Red Knights' four goals.
Benilde-SM's defense held the Sabres to only five shots.
Princeton 1, Holy Angels 0: The match came down to a shootout, with the Tigers' Kieran Lekatz scoring the deciding penalty kick in the fifth round.
Princeton was outshot 24-7. Senior goalie Eden Betzler had 13 saves. She also stopped Holy Angels Mara Flaherty's shootout kick to give the Tigers a 4-3 advantage and the victory.