The Benilde-St. Margaret Red Knights haven't lost a match since last year's Class 1A state championship. Their quest for redemption nearly ended Friday night in Cottage Grove, but senior attacker Maria Michels had other plans, scoring twice in a 2-1 overtime win over St. Peter.
The Saints focused on defense in this quarterfinal match, and the Red Knights offense -- which has been averaging just over four goals per game this season -- was held largely silent until Michels got busy.
"They were just getting behind the ball," Benilde head coach Scott Helling-Christy said of St. Peter's defense. "Every time we won the ball, they got back and protected their goal. We just had to find a way to break it down."
It didn't happen until the final minutes of the opening half, but Michels broke down the Saints defense by drawing first blood with a 15-yard goal, assisted by sophomore defender Mimi Burns.
The Red Knights were held scoreless through the second half, but Michels found the net again to end the sudden-death overtime period and advance the Red Knights to the semifinal round.
St. Peter senior midfielder Tori Wilking evened the score at one midway through the second half on a beautiful direct shot that found the upper left corner of the net.
"Possessionwise, we kept the ball and created more chances than they did," Helling-Christy said. "We were just hoping that because of that it was going to go in our favor."
South St. Paul 1, Kasson Mantorville 0: There was plenty of running in the Class 1A quarterfinal match between South St. Paul and Kasson-Mantorville, but very little scoring.
Freshman forward Hannah Marion scored for South St. Paul, poking the ball in from 5 yards out in the game's 23rd minute.
|Minnesota - LP: V. Worley||3||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: P. Maholm||8|
|Cincinnati||4||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Los Angeles||7||Top 7th Inning|
|Oakland||1||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Arizona||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Washington - G. Gonzalez||2:45 PM|
|San Francisco - M. Bumgarner|
|Tampa Bay - J. Hellickson||3:37 PM|
|Toronto - M. Buehrle|
|Chicago Cubs - J. Samardzija||6:05 PM|
|Pittsburgh - F. Liriano|
|Detroit - J. Verlander||6:05 PM|
|Cleveland - U. Jimenez|
|NY Yankees - H. Kuroda||6:05 PM|
|Baltimore - J. Hammel|
|Seattle - B. Maurer||6:05 PM|
|LA Angels - C. Wilson|
|Philadelphia - C. Lee||6:10 PM|
|Miami - K. Slowey|
|Boston - C. Buchholz||7:10 PM|
|Chicago WSox - H. Santiago|
|Kansas City - J. Shields||7:10 PM|
|Houston - J. Lyles|
|St. Louis - T. Lyons||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - B. Smith|