St. Michael-Albertville, defending champion of Elk River’s section, outlasted the Elks 3-2 in overtime on a hot Saturday afternoon on the Knights’ field.
The game-winner for the Knights (4-1-1) was delivered by freshman Leah Johnson, during the first of two five-minute overtimes, with a left-footed kick. She caught the Elks being out of position, hitting the bottom of the crossbar and getting the bounce.
Madyson St. Germain and Logan Daulton scored for the Elks (3-3), each for the third straight game.
“It was a solid game by two strong teams. Both had the edge for stretches of the game,” said Elk coach Brian Steuter. “They are a strong team again.”
STMA’s first goal was “probably the best shot I’ve ever seen by a high school player,” said Steuter. Tori Jenson had a corner kick and hammered the ball just under the far corner of the net. Makenzie Langdok had the Knights’ other goal.
St.Germain tied the score 1-1 in the first half, swiping the ball off the foot of a defender and juking the goalkeeper for a shot into the back of the net. Daulton tied the score 2-2 with seven minutes left in regulation on a breakaway off a through ball from Erin Ness.