JAMESTOWN-Jamestown High School was hoping to jump on unbeaten Fargo Shanley/Oak Grove early Thursday at Rotary Soccer Field. The Deacons had other plans.
Shanley scored twice in the first six minutes of the opening round of the North Dakota high school girls soccer state tournament, cruising 5-0 over the host Blue Jays. Shanley will play West Fargo Sheyenne in Friday’s semifinals at 4:30 p.m.
"They are a very good team," said JHS coach Brandi Harty of the 13-0-2, East Region champion Deacons. "They're very fast, they're very physical and they play soccer well. Our girls are really young and that was a tough game for them."
Harty's starting 11 includes just one senior, a pair of eighth graders and a seventh grader. Shanley's goal difference of +43 entering the tournament, having allowed just two goals to the opposition all season, proved a daunting task for the Blue Jays.
Sophomore Abby Promersberger scored first in the 2nd minute, and junior Hadley Huber, who would score the only tally of the second half, followed Promersberger with a ball into the net four minutes later.
"Our goal was to get going right away, show 'em what we got," said Shanley senior goalkeeper Molly Metzger. "Just kind of like set the tone for the whole game and we did that right away."
Metzger was asked to make just one save before giving way to sophomore goalie Amanda Kadlec in the second half. The shutout victory was Shanley's 11th in 15 matches played in 2019.
Shanley's starting backs include senior Natalie Heinrich, juniors Ashley Hansen and Olivia Manuel and sophomore Lydia Mattern.
"The defensive line has just been so solid in front of me. They don't let anything through," Metzger said. "I think it really helps that all four of them are returning from last year, so our chemistry has just kept building. They're just a brick wall in front of me."
Jamestown (5-9-2) will look to rebound Friday in loser-out play against Bismarck at noon. The Blue Jays earned the West Region's fourth seed after winning four of their last five matches entering state tournament competition.
"Any time you go to state with a young team it is a great experience for them," Harty said. "I think there were a lot of nerves to start that game. But I'm telling you, Shanley is a very good team."
Fargo Shanley/Oak Grove 5, Jamestown 0
JAM 0 0 -- 0
FS/OG 4 1 -- 5
1. F, Abby Promersberger (Hannah Hansen), 2nd minute; 2. F, Hadley Huber (Hansen), 6th; 3. F, Elsa Wambach (unassisted), 30th; 4. F, Emily Post (free kick), 39th.
5. F, Huber (Olivia Manuel), 57th.
Keeper saves: J, Meredith Walker 8-2--10; Alyssa Allen X-3--3. F, Molly Metzger 1-x--1. Amanda Kadlec X-2--2.
Records: 13-0-2. Jamestown 5-9-2.