Blake defeats Cloquet in state soccer tournamentCloquet’s offside trap had worked flawlessly throughout the game until Lydia Sutton scored in the 65th minute to give Blake a 2-1 victory over Cloquet this morning in a Class A semifinal game.
By: Rick Weegman, Duluth News Tribune, Pine Journal
MINNEAPOLIS — Cloquet’s offside trap had worked flawlessly throughout the game until Lydia Sutton scored in the 65th minute to give Blake a 2-1 victory over Cloquet this morning in a Class A semifinal game of the Minnesota high school girls soccer state tournament at the Metrodome.
Sutton, an eighth-grade midfielder, received a pass around the 30-yard line on the football field’s markings — apparently even with the last Cloquet defender on the other side of the field — dribbled in and beat goalkeeper Kaitrin Rathe on a low shot to the right corner. The decisive goal was Sutton’s team-high 16th this season.
Blake (17-3-1) advances to play Orono for the championship at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Metrodome. Cloquet (19-4-1) meets La Crescent (18-4-1) at 10 a.m. Tuesday for third place.
Lumberjacks senior forward Emily Johnson tied the game at 1-1 in the 58th minute when she took a ball that deflected off goalie Maddy Crawford and booted home the equalizer from the left edge.
Sophomore Morgan Oie scored into a wide-open net in the 35th minute to give Blake a 1-0 halftime lead. Oie took a crossing pass from Andi Foss in the center of the goal mouth and booted home the lone goal of the first half for the Bears.
Cloquet owned a 12-6 edge in shots on goal, including 9-2 in the second half.