Minot High making history, again

Submitted Photo The Minot High Majettes begin their defense of the 2023 NDHSAA State soccer title

History in the making, for the fourth time as the Minot High girls soccer team prepares for the 2024 NDHSAA Girls Soccer State Tournament that will be played Thursday, May 30, through Saturday, June 1, at Duane Carlson Stadium in Minot.

The Majettes have been at the peak of play for several years with three straight state titles, unbeaten in 68 games now and a complete season of shutouts for 2024. The bar is set high and the expectations are just as high for any and all who want to join the team.

Surprisingly, there are only four seniors on the team. The seniors have never lost a game, or finished a season without a state title in their time going to school between ninth and twelfth grades.

The rest of the team is composed of three juniors, four sophomores, four freshmen and three eighth graders as well. A very balanced team with one thing in common. They attack and win.

The Majettes have scored 119 goals this season with 56 during the first half of games and 63 in the second half of games. They have allowed no goals by their opponents this year. In Western Dakota Association (WDA) play, Minot High freshman goalie Kinsli Gilmore has faced 40 shots and not allowed any to get to the net.

Seniors Emerson Perrin, with 31 goals and 20 assists, along with Maicee Burke, with 22 goals and 17 assists, are the statistical leaders of the team. Perrin has 51 points on the season while Burke has 39 for the year.

The Majettes have six players with double digit goals scored for the 2024 season and four players with double digit assists for the year. Overall, 21 players have scored goals or tallied assists during the 2024 season.

The interesting fact is that the Majettes face each team as part of their usual schedule as they take one game at a time and work on their own improvement as a team and individuals. What many don’t comprehend is the attitude of the opposition each game.

Whatever team is on the schedule views Minot High as their ‘Super Bowl’ or their shot at winning the ‘World Series’ in that one game. Each opponent gears up for the once in a lifetime shot at becoming forever tied with history as the team that scored on the Majettes. The team that beat the Majettes. The team that won the state title over the Majettes.

Minot High coaches understand this fact and applaud the girls for remaining focused on their own game and taking the season one drill, one practice, one possession, one half and one game at a time.

The strength of the Majettes is their speed, both afoot as well as in the passing game, on the wings. Whatever the defense they face game plans and gives Minot High, the team adjusts and applies the needed passing and attacking pressure to find the gap and score the goal.

The schedule for the first day of state play is as follows;

The west one seed, Minot High will face the east four seed, Fargo North at noon on Thursday, May 30. The east two seed, Shanley, will face the west three seed, Mandan at 2:15 p.m. Thursday as well.

The east one seed, Fargo Davies, will face the west four seed, Bismarck Legacy at 4:30 p.m. followed by the west two seed, Jamestown, against the east three seed Grand Forks Red River at 6:45 p.m. to end day one.

Join the crowd to watch history in the making.


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