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Hermantown girls fall in state soccer

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- Hermantown held Class A's top-ranked team scoreless for the first 50 minutes Thursday night. The Hawks even led top-seeded Mahtomedi before yielding two goals, including the game-winner to Ms. Soccer winner Brittany Henry,...

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- Hermantown held Class A's top-ranked team scoreless for the first 50 minutes Thursday night. The Hawks even led top-seeded Mahtomedi before yielding two goals, including the game-winner to Ms. Soccer winner Brittany Henry, in a 2-1 state quarterfinal loss at Park High School.

Henry, a senior forward and the Zephyrs' all-time leader in goals, assists and points, broke a 1-1 tie with a shot from six yards out with 10 minutes to play. Hermantown midfielder Margaret Tierney shadowed Henry most of game before she broke loose for her 23rd goal and 38th point of the season.

Mahtomedi (19-2-1) will play Rochester Lourdes (16-4-1) in a semifinal match at8 a.m. Monday at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

"Zeros at the end of the half; she was clearly frustrated, which was kind of the gameplan," Hawks coach Scott Larson said. "We took her off of her game."

The Zephyrs' depth on the bench paid off in the game's latter stages as they subbed early and often, swapping as many as seven players at a time.

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"It was going to wear on us," Larson said. "I still think we had a little gas in the tank [near the end]."

Hermantown (19-3) took a 1-0 lead when Janae Baron tapped in a loose ball from close range off a free kick less than two minutes into the second half. Mahtomedi gained the equalizer nine minutes later when Hannah Frost's header off a corner kick from Erica Hjelle deflected off goalkeeper Kaylee Steen's hands and into the net.

"To get that first goal was really big. It kept the momentum going," said Steen, who had eight saves. "And they had a good goal. Then they got a good second goal, and we did what we could. They're the first-ranked team, so I'm really proud of our team and how we played."

Zephyrs coach Dave Wald wasn't pleased with his team's effort until after it fell behind. Mahtomedi also trailed South St. Paul 1-0 in last week's Section 4A final before winning 2-1.

"Little bit of anger. Hermantown, we knew what they were capable of. We knew we were playing a good team. This year, all eight teams could win this thing," he said. "We told our kids, we prepared them for that. We knew [the Hawks] played direct and they were athletic.

"I guess I was disappointed because our style is hustle, work. We aren't the same team we've been in the past where we've had the top players. We're just more a lunchpail team this year, and we didn't play that way."

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