Prep report: Duluth East’s Will Smith scores twice in win over Denfeld
The Greyhounds freshman scored twice in the final 6 minutes.
DULUTH — Duluth East freshman Will Smith scored twice in the final six minutes to lift the Greyhounds to a 2-0 win over Duluth Denfeld Thursday at Public School Stadium.
The teams were locked in a scoreless ties for most of the game, but toward the end the Greyhounds started bringing a fifth attacker forward to put more pressure on Hunter goalkeeper Camden Rask.
Senior Evan Tomczyk dribbled the ball up the field for the Greyhounds, drawing defenders away from Smith. He tapped the ball to Smith and took it to the side and found the back of the net.
“It was a tough game — it was 0-0 most of the game, but we kept on fighting,” Smith said. “Once we got that first goal, all the momentum shifted our way.”
Smith’s first goal came in the 75th minute and he iced the game just three minutes later with a second goal.
Denfeld coach Scott Anderson said Duluth East threw the Hunters off their game early on, but they were able to find their footing in the first half.
“Midway through the first half, we started adjusting to what they were bringing and we changed up what we were doing a little bit,” Anderson said. “Near the end of the game, they adjusted and brought more forwards and even defenders up trying to get that goal and it worked out for them.”
Hermantown 3, Grand Rapids 1
Vincent Trok scored goals four minutes apart to bolster a 1-0 halftime lead for Hermantown, while Sterling Trok stopped all six shots he faced.
Ian Anderson scored in the 60th minute for Grand Rapids, which got nine saves from goalkeeper Will Stanley.
Esko 1, Duluth Marshall 0
Ava Korby’s goal was enough for the Eskomos, who kept it tight in front of goalkeeper Hannah Roemer. Roemer only needed to make two saves to earn Esko’s fifth consecutive shutout victory and eighth in their last nine games.
Cloquet-Carlton 2, Proctor 0
Alexa Snesrud scored in each half as the Lumberjacks, who have won 10 consecutive games since losing their season opener, took down the Rails. Katie Olson made two saves for the shutout.
Cloquet 3, Greenway 1
Cloquet recovered from a first-set loss to get past the Raiders at home, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-21.
Ava Carlson and Ashley Austin had a big night at the net for the Lumberjacks, recording 16 and 15 kills, respectively. Carly Johnson had 38 assists and was one of four Cloquet players with at least 10, posting a team-leading 23. Quinn Danielson had 20 more digs.
For Greenway, Kyra Williams had 17 kills and 21 digs, while Miranda Gernander added 12 kills and 12 digs. Lexi Hammer set the Raiders with 35 assists and added 14 digs.
Esko 3, South Ridge 1
Gabby Martenson racked up 23 kills and Kyra Johnson 22 as the Eskomos claimed victory on Thursday. Lizzie Hartlieb bolstered the defense with 25 digs.
For South Ridge, Svea Snickers had 14 kills and 13 digs.
Northwestern 3, Cameron 0
Northwestern collected its third straight win to start the Heart O’North Conference season, as both Brynn and Shelby Hessel recorded double-doubles: Brynn’s with 13 kills and 13 digs; Shelby’s with 10 kills and 19 digs. Brinley Tonn benefited from the passing to turn them into some of her 35 assists.
Kayla Paulsen was Northwestern’s dig leader with 20 and chipped in nine kills and five aces.
Rock Ridge 3, Hibbing 2
The Wolverines outlasted the Bluejackets 15-7 in the fifth set on the Iron Range despite four aces apiece from Hibbing’s Bevie Fink and Jenna Sacco-LaMusga.
Carlton 3, Wrenshall 0
After a slow start, Carlton came back from 19-12 down to win the first set and kept its foot on the gas pedal to sweep the meeting of Carlton County rivals.
Madison Asleson led the Bulldogs with 12 kills.
Superior 4, Duluth Denfeld 3
The Spartans' sweep of the singles matches helped overcome a Denfeld site that stacked its doubles lineups on Thursday.
Sydney Friedrich, Lexi Johnsen, Annika Nikoi and Kenlyn Thimm were straight-sets winners, while Ava Borham/Madi Watts, Grace Schiltz/Lydia Saxin and Libby Elliott/Riley Anderson took the doubles matches for the Hunters.
Superior dropped a 5-2 nonconference decision on the same day to River Falls. Friedrich won 6-0, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, while Lauren Gunderson and Isabel Curtis of the Spartans won their No. 2 doubles match 7-6, 6-3.