Seth Hoffman's goal late in the second half helped No. 1 Duluth East avoid an upset in the Section 7AA boys soccer semifinals Thursday night at Ordean Stadium, where the Greyhounds remained unbeaten via a 1-0 win over fifth-seeded Forest Lake.
Hoffman took a through ball from Will Francis and tallied the game's lone goal, which pushed East (16-0-2), Class AA's top-ranked team, into Tuesday's section final against second-seeded Blaine. That contest, in Duluth, is a rematch of the clubs' Aug. 25 meeting, won 5-0 by the Greyhounds.
Duluth Denfeld 5, Princeton 0
Jon Faynik scored two goals in the opening minute, including one 12 seconds in, and added a third in a five-goal first half to break his own single-season school goal-scoring record with 25.
Proctor 1, Cloquet-EC 0
Henry Ringdahl scored in the 10th minute and goalkeeper Collin Aho made it stand by stopping all 12 shots he faced as the 11th-seeded Rails upset the sixth-seeded Lumberjacks in a Section 7A first-round playoff victory in Proctor.
The Rails advance to Saturday's quarterfinals vs. Duluth Marshall, which beat Hibbing 10-0 behind four goals from Popo Perrault.
Hermantown 3, Zimmerman 0
Cole Stokke scored a goal and assisted on two others in the Hawks' Section 7A first-round win in Proctor.
A.J. Harris made seven saves for Hermantown, which meets North Branch in Saturday's quarterfinals.
Duluth Denfeld 2,
Grand Rapids 1
Lana Mitchell's overtime goal lifted the Hunters to a Section 7A first-round playoff win at Public Schools Stadium.
No. 8 Denfeld travels to top-seeded Cloquet-Carlton, which used five first-half goals by Kendra Kelley to beat Legacy Christian Academy 14-0, on Saturday for a quarterfinal matchup.
Duluth Marshall 6,
A hat trick from Gianna Kneepkens sent the Hilltoppers to a Section 7A win at home and into Saturday's quarterfinals opposite Two Harbors. Sami Szendrey scored two goals and had an assist as the Agates downed Hibbing 3-0.
Greenway 3, Virginia 1
The visiting Raiders won their third straight behind 29 kills from Claire Vekich and 46 set assists from Erin Gustason.