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.
|Dallas||7||2nd Qtr 14:32|
|San Diego||12/12/13 7:25 PM|
|Washington||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|San Francisco||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Seattle||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Houston||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|New England||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|NY Jets||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|Arizona||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|New Orleans||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Green Bay||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/15/13 7:30 PM|
|Denver||75||4th Qtr 0:23|
|Golden State||104||4th Qtr 0:24|
|LA Clippers||88||4th Qtr 3:01|
|Portland||2||1st Qtr 10:16|
|NY Islanders||9:00 PM|
|VU of Lynchburg||78||FINAL|
|Long Island||53||2nd Half 7:27|
|Alcorn State||51||2nd Half 4:27|
|Fisk||37||2nd Half 15:44|
|Thomas (GA)||26||2nd Half 15:45|
|Manchester||26||2nd Half 15:51|
|Bethune-Cookman||27||2nd Half 19:31|
|Western State||8||1st Half 13:06|
|Army||12/14/13 2:00 PM|
|West Virginia Tech||42||FINAL|
|IUPUI||66||2nd Half 0:04|
|Seton Hall||36||2nd Half|