Majettes soccer rallies to defeat Mandan, 4-1

The Minot High School girls soccer team took the first jab of the evening like a champ and came back with some punches of its own on Tuesday against Mandan.

After the Braves (1-1) struck first with a goal in the first few minutes of the opening half, the Majettes (2-0) shook off the miscue and torched their opponents’ defense en route to a 4-1 victory on the road.

“(We) fell behind 1-0, then we played outstanding the last 65 minutes,” MHS head coach Matt Pfau said. “(We) dominated the possession battle and created scoring chance after scoring chance.”

The first scoring chance to be converted by Minot came with just under 15 minutes left in the opening half. Sophomore Lainey Sandberg collected a pass from freshman MaLiah Burke and placed the ball in the back of the net to knot the score at one goal apiece entering halftime.

Sandberg struck again in the early going of the second half, this time off an assist from senior Allison Lepp to give her team the lead. Mia Lewis and Burke followed suit, as each of the freshman midfielders scored in the final 26 minutes to help the Majettes cruise to the 4-1 victory.

Minot recorded 14 shots on goal to Mandan’s four, and freshman goalkeeper Emelea Miller finished with three saves in the win.

Next up for the Majettes is a road game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Bismarck St. Mary’s. It’ll be the final road game for the team before its home opener against Bismarck High on Tuesday.

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