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NORTH DAKOTA GIRLS STATE SOCCER: Davies wins first title

Fargo Davies players celebrate after defeating Bismarck Century in overtime to win the ND state championship 2-1. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald1 / 6
Bismarck Century goalie Amanda Leintz looks at the winning goal slip past her hands as Fargo Davies defeats Century 2-1 in overtime in the ND Girls Soccer Championship in Grand Forks Saturday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald2 / 6
Fargo Davies players celebrate their state championship against Bismarck Century at Cushman Field in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald3 / 6
Fargo Davies players gather after winning the state soccer championship Saturday in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald4 / 6
Bismarck Century's Taryn Neameyer completes a somersault throw-in against Fargo Davies in the championship game Saturday in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald5 / 6
Bismarck Century's Taryn Neameyer completes a somersault throw-in against Fargo Davies in the championship game Saturday in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald6 / 6

Two long-distance strikes from senior forward Kenzie Carlson proved to be a winning combination for Fargo Davies on Saturday afternoon.

Carlson scored two goals to lead the Eagles to a 2-1 golden-goal overtime victory over Bismarck Century in the championship of the North Dakota girls soccer state tournament at Cushman Field.

During overtime, it was all about opportunity.

Carlson seized one such opportunity by rocketing a shot with her left foot from 31 yards out. The attempt was booted four minutes, 13 seconds into the overtime period and got past Century goalkeeper Amanda Leintz.

Just like that, the Eagles – playing in their first state title game – were champions.

“I got a pass in the middle of the field, I turned and I knew I had to take a chance,” said Carlson, who is signed to play soccer at Minnesota State Moorhead. “I was thinking it is golden-goal overtime and I have to take a shot. Luckily it went in. It’s the greatest feeling in the world.”

“Kenzie strikes the ball so well,” Davies coach Nick Christianson said. “When she gets an opening, she takes it.”

Senior midfielder Aly Dollinger scored Century’s lone goal 8:05 into the match. Dollinger got a header attempt past Davies junior goalkeeper Emery Gess off a corner kick from Lily Obrigewitch.

Carlson, who finished the season with a team-leading 22 goals, scored from 40 yards out on a free kick at the 13:37 mark to tie the match 1-1.

“We started out a little slow, but the girls showed a lot of resilience to come back after falling behind by a goal early in the match,” Christianson said. “At halftime we talked about this being our chance to prove ourselves and to go out and get it.”

Emery Gess finished with eight saves for the Eagles (14-3-1).

“It’s an amazing step forward for our program,” Gess said. “We have never played in a state championship match before and when Kenzie took that shot I knew it was going to go in.”

The Patriots (15-1-1) saw a 25-match unbeaten streak end, as well as their bid for a repeat title.

“Davies is a great team and they put it away when it mattered,” Century coach Nate Ulness said. “Unfortunately we missed on a few of our chances, but that is the way the game goes sometimes.”

Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove 3, Fargo North 1: Anna Triller, Molly Heinrich and Anna Reinholz scored goals to lead Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove in the third-place game.

Triller scored on a header attempt following a corner kick from teammate Brookelyn Dew 42 minutes, 17 seconds into the match. Heinrich’s goal gave the Deacons (15-3-2) a 2-0 lead.

Junior midfielder Carmen Ross scored the lone goal for the Spartans (12-5-2).

Minot 1, Bismarck 0 (OT): Junior defender Malena Lennon scored a goal following a corner-kick attempt to provide the offense for Minot in the fifth-place game.

The Majettes and Demons were scoreless after regulation, forcing a golden-goal overtime period. Lennon’s goal came 86 minutes, 14 seconds into the match.

Tom Mix
Tom Mix is the North Dakota high school sports reporter. He's worked at The Forum for five years. He was the 2013 North Dakota sportswriter of the year, an award that is sponsored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to letters@forumcomm.com  
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