ALEXANDRIA– The Sartell and Bemidji girls soccer groups fulfilled throughout the 2020 regular season and the Sabres tape-recorded a 2-0 win.

On Saturday, they met for a last time with a lot more on the table–

the Area 8A girls soccer championship.

Ultimately, the Sabres scored late in regulation to tie 1-1 and then won in penalty kicks, 4-3, after double overtime to bring house the section title.

” It was a great video game versus two good groups,” said Sartell head coach Roy Snyder. “I liked how our ladies fought till the very end and brought out this triumph.”

At the start, Sartell had to reorganize its lineup as Christa Meyer left the video game about eight minutes in due to a left foot or ankle injury.

Meyer has actually been a starter for the Sabres all season, but Snyder spoke about the depth of this team throughout the area competition. Chloe Turner can be found in and stepped up into a big role for the rest of the game.

” When Christa [Meyer] got hurt, we had to continue to step up,” stated Sartell senior Lauren Schmitz. “I believed we did an excellent job of never providing up and pushing ourselves due to the fact that we understood there was no tomorrow. This was the final game.”

Bemidji took an early lead with a penalty shot objective around the 20-minute mark in the very first half. That lead remained up until Sartell’s Sophia Speckhard discovered the back of the net with about four minutes left in regulation.

Two overtime periods later, it was still 1-1. Go into the charge kicks.

” We’ve been practicing shoot-outs given that the area competition began, so we felt ready,” stated Sartell senior Madi Kruse. “We simply had to concentrate on the goal and nothing else.”

There was a fast change to the initial lineup for Sartell because Meyer got harmed throughout the video game. She was initially supposed to be the very first gamer for penalty shot, but Snyder needed to move the players around due to the injury.

The very first two penalty shot embraced both groups, but that followed with a miss from each group. Sartell and Bemidji each made its fourth kicks to keep it tied heading into the final kick of the group.

The Sabres went first and linked on the kick to give Sartell a lead. Bemidji’s player missed the shot to the delegated offer the Sabres the triumph.

The gamers on the bench went to the middle of the field to commemorate as tears were shed. The majority of the group is made up of seniors as the Sabres have 12 on the roster, so it was an unique minute for everyone.

” We did this as one,” said senior Morgan Cromwell. “It wasn’t for simply the seniors or just the underclassmen or simply the coaches. It was for everyone and we worked as one to win this section title.”

The senior citizens hope this area title will show the strength of this program and what the future holds for more youthful Sabres.

Snyder is delighted for the future, but he’s also sad to see this senior class leave since he has many memories from these women. He’s proud of how the players managed the season and the ups and downs concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

” This team has faced a lot this season and they combated through whatever to get to this point,” Snyder stated. “They continued to battle in this game and they made this section title. I’m so pleased with these girls.”

Brian Mozey is the high school sports reporter for the St. Cloud Times. Reach him at 320-255-8772 or [email protected]tcloudtimes.com. Follow him on Twitter @BrianMozey.