Burke hat trick completes Minot three-peat
FARGO – Last weekend, Maicee Burke was anchoring Minot’s 4×100 meter relay team that finished as state runner-up. She showcased that speed on the soccer pitch Saturday evening, scoring two breakaway goals and adding another one late to lead the Majettes to a 4-1 win over tournament host Fargo Davies.
The win gives Minot its third consecutive NDHSAA State Soccer Championship. Minot joins the 2001-2003 Century squads as the only programs to three-peat.
The Majettes’ finish the season 17-0-1, and the victory extends Minot’s unbeaten streak to 50 games. They haven’t lost since the 2019 state title game, when they fell 2-1 to Shanley/Oak Grove.
Fargo Davies fell to 15-2 on the year.
In what was a common theme throughout the state tournament, the start of the game was delayed nearly an hour due to lightning. Burke made up for the lost time, scoring just 6:46 into the game to give Minot a 1-0 lead.
Emerson Perrin made the score 2-0 at the 16:17 mark.
Minot appeared to have another scoring opportunity when Maicee Burke was tackled behind deep inside the Davies’ penalty box. It appeared the officials were going to award Burke a penalty kick and award Adelynn Lura a yellow card. However, after some discussion among the officials, Burke was ruled offsides and Davies took possession.
The Majettes had several more opportunities to blow the game wide open in the first half, narrowly missing on multiple scoring chances. With 17:41 left before the half, Minot had a corner kick header hit the crossbar and bounce straight down toward the goal line before it went out. Five minutes later, Perrin hit the crossbar on the left post.
Minot took a 2-0 lead into halftime, and once again lightning delayed the start of the second half.
When play resumed, the Maicee Burke show did too. Six and half minutes into the second half, Burke beat a defender and then put it past Davies’ goalkeeper Kaia Davidson, making the score 3-0. In the fiftieth minute, Burke had another opportunity she sent over the goal, before putting another shot wide left five minutes later.
Julia Lewis had her own chance, but it hit the top of the crossbar.
Burke got her hat trick with 7:10 left in the game to give Minot a commanding 4-0 lead.
Davies didn’t go away quietly though, catching Kynsli Gillmore out of Minot’s goal with just 19 seconds left in the game. Gillmore’s save ricocheted toward Leighton Roberson, who found the back of the net to cut Minot’s lead to 4-1.
From there, it was a countdown to victory for the Majettes, who stormed the field in celebration at the buzzer.
Minot put four Majettes on the all-tournament team, Makenna Aldrich, Burke, Morgan Forthun and Perrin.
Marissa Thorson is the only graduating senior for Minot. With so many young players returning next year, the Majettes will be a favorite to make history by winning their fourth consecutive state title. But for now, it’s time to celebrate in Minot.