White Bear Lake's Madison Scheer (6) jumped into the arms of Taylor Johnson after scoring the winning goal in overtime against Lakeville North. Photo: Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune.com
Madison Scheer was reluctant to discuss the play that clinched the most important victory in the history of White Bear Lake girls’ soccer.
“I’m not sure I can give you our secret weapon,” Scheer said.
The Bears upset No. 1-ranked Lakeville North 1-0 in overtime Tuesday at the Metrodome to advance to the finals of the Class 2A state tournament for the first time.
Scheer, who scored in the 85th minute, eventually opened up about the play. Anna Morrison lined up to take the corner kick, the Bears first of the overtime. Instead of booming a shot toward the Panthers’ goal, she passed to decoy Taylor Johnson, who let the ball go through her legs for a waiting Scheer.
Scheer watched the goalkeeper move toward Johnson. “I knew I had to kick it as hard as I could, on the floor, far post,” she said.
With the victory, White Bear Lake advances to its first championship game.
Said Scheer of the set piece: “It had yet to work this year. It had been so close but this is where we needed it to count.”
White Bear Lake goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs made a big first half save, diving to deny Lakeville North forward and future Gophers teammate Simone Kolander.
“Tara is our rock,” Scheer said. “She keeps us alive.”
DAVID LA VAQUE