Holy Angels built a three-goal lead in the first half and survived to defeat Cloquet-Carlton 4-3 in a Class 1A girls' soccer quarterfinal Thursday at Chisago Lakes High School.
The Stars' Sydney Burns, Claire Lang, Hailey VonSee and Mia Van der Heide scored to give the team a 4-1 halftime lead. Second-seeded Holy Angels (17-2-1) was then on defense much of the second half, as Cloquet-Carlton scored twice and generated multiple scoring chances.
"They played us off the park in the second half," said Stars coach Dave Marshak, whose team plays Orono on Monday. "We're a team that prides ourselves on defending, and we just fell apart."
Burns scored less than two minutes into the game on a crossing pass from Ciara McCrory. Lang scored in the 23rd minute and VonSee in the 25th to give the Stars a 3-0 lead.
Van der Heide made a 44-yard free kick in the 31st minute after Cloquet/Carlton freshman Alexa Snesrud had cut the Holy Angels lead to 3-1.
"Sixty yards and in, she can do it," Marshak said. "It didn't surprise us."
Said Van der Heide: "I just usually try and get it in the box for someone to get their head on it, but it ended up going over the goalie's head."
Snesrud scored twice and Hannah Biebl also scored for the unseeded Lumberjacks (18-3). They made a couple last-minute pushes but were not successful.
"I think they just relaxed and realized there was nothing left to lose here and that we could just play our game," Cloquet/Carlton coach Dustin Randall said of the second half.
Blake 4, Waconia 1: Senior attacker Ali Fine scored two of the Bears' three first-half goals en route to a victory over the Wildcats at St. Cloud State. Fifth-seeded Blake never trailed higher-seeded No. 4 Waconia and will play Mahtomedi in the Class 1A state semifinals next Monday.