Duluthian Morgan Friday scored all five St. Scholastica goals — four in the first half — as the Saints downed the University of Northwestern 5-1 in the semifinals of the UMAC men’s soccer tournament at Saints Field.
The top-seeded Saints (8-0) advance to play second-seeded Wisconsin-Superior, a 2-1 winner over Minnesota-Morris, in Saturday’s championship game at Saints Field at a time to be announced. It marks St. Scholastica’s final soccer game in the UMAC before joining the Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Conference next fall.
Friday, a junior midfielder, tallied in the 13th and 23rd minutes to give the Saints a 2-0 lead before Megan Moeller netted the lone goal for the Eagles (9-7). Friday scored 31 seconds later and tacked on her fourth goal of the half in the 37th minute.
She recorded her 24th goal of the season — equaling her jersey number — for an average of three goals per game.
Bethany Lutheran 3, CSS 2
Max Busch scored in the final minute of regulation and again in the sixth minute of overtime to give the Vikings a UMAC tournament semifinal victory at Mankato, Minnesota.
Busch headed in a Cameron Brookfield cross with 37 seconds to play in the second half and then notched the game-winner from the right side to deprive the Saints (5-3) a spot in Saturday’s final.
Bethany Lutheran’s Jamie Smith scored the lone first-half goal in the 37th minute.
CSS struck back with Duluth Denfeld graduate Keegan Chastey assisting on Finnigan Huffington’s 51st-minute goal and scoring himself in the 70th minute on an assist by Huffington.