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Prep girls soccer: Cloquet-Carlton rallies past Grand Rapids for state berth

The Lumberjacks clinched their fourth straight section title.

Cloquet soccer beats North Branch
Cloquet-Carlton senior Katelyn Olson, 0, makes a save as Allie Jones, 8, and North Branch's Ava Gerten, 13, and Ava Mohs, 14, look on during the Lumberjacks 4-1 win Monday, Aug. 29, 2022.
Amy Arntson / For the Pine Journal
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Cloquet-Carlton fell behind Grand Rapids early, but the Lumberjacks rallied for three consecutive goals and took a 4-2 win in the Section 7AA championship game Tuesday at Noble Hall Field in Grand Rapids.

Cloquet came out of the gate playing well, but they were stunned when Grand Rapids put a shot past goalie Katelyn Olson.

"I actually thought we were flying and Grand Rapids was scrambling," Lumberjacks coach Dustin Randall said. "It was a little bit shocking when they scored."

Lumberjack senior Alexa Snesrud evened the score off a corner kick later in the second half and Macava Smith scored on a free kick later in the half to give Cloquet-Carlton a 2-1 lead at halftime.

The lead, however, was the same lead the Lumberjacks had when they lost to Grand Rapids 3-2 in the regular season.

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Makayla Stirewalt scored for Cloquet-Carlton early in the second half, but the Thunderhawks immediately struck back and had the Lumberjacks "scrambling" for stretches until Lauren Hughes scored to stretch the lead back to two.

Cloquet-Carlton (15-3-1) will wait to find out who it will play in the Class AA quarterfinal next week.

SECTION 7A

Legacy Christian Academy 3, Duluth Marshall 0

Duluth Marshall’s bid for its first state tournament trip in a decade was short-circuited on Tuesday as Legacy Christian came away with a 3-0 win and the Section 7A boys soccer title in Andover, Minnesota.

A late first-half goal from Legacy's Dominic Zoa gave the hosts a 1-0 lead at the half. Zoa struck again four minutes after the break and was followed by a 51st-minute effort from Jack DeMoyer.

LCA goalkeeper Daniel Khomich kept all eight Marshall shots on target out of the net.

Thomas Falgier made four stops for Marshall.

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