MHS soccer advances to state semis with 4-0 win over West Fargo

MDN File Photo Lainey Sandberg, pictured in a home game earlier this season, scored one of Minot's four goals in the Majettes quarterfinal victory over West Fargo on Thursday. Minot will play Fargo Shanley in the semifinal round on Friday in Grand Forks.

On Thursday, the Minot girls soccer team kept their undefeated season in tact with a 4-0 victory over West Fargo in the quarterfinal round of the Class A State Tournament in Grand Forks.

After a scoreless contest through the first 40 minutes of play, Minot errupted for four goals in the second half. With almost 10 minutes elapsed in the second, the Majettes were the benefactor of a West Fargo own goal to break the scoreless tie. Meanwhile, junior midfielder Morgan Perrin was credited with a Magi assist on the play.

More than halfway through the period, Minot recorded its second goal of the game as MaLiah Burke gave the club a 2-0 lead thanks to an assist from senior standout Lainey Sandberg. In the latter stages of the period, Sandberg herself knocked in Minot’s third goal of the game to pad the lead. Then with less than five minutes to go, junior varsity player Jasmyn Mitchner, a seventh grader, accounted for Minot’s final goal of the contest.

After the win, Magi head coach Matt Pfau was pleased with the team’s effort level in a highly competitive start to the game. “It was a very physical first half and West Fargo played extremely hard,” Pfau told The

Minot Daily News. “We made some halftime adjustments and the girls had an excellent second half.”

Now 14-0 on the season, Minot’s next contest is slated to take place on Friday night in the state semifinal round against Fargo Shanley. In 2019, Shanley defeated Minot in the state championship game. Start time for that match is slated for 6:30 p.m.


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