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Stingy Orono blanks Rochester Lourdes to reach 1A girls' semifinals

By HEATHER RULE, Special to the Star Tribune, 10/23/19, 7:30PM CDT

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A goal by freshman Nora ''Scora'' Chouanard seconds before halftime combined with the Spartans' defense, which hasn't allowed a goal in 10 games, to produce the win.

Orono’s Nora Chouanard (15) races after a loose ball as Lourdes’ Grace Buntrock (21) pursues. Chouanard's late first goal was the game winner in the Spartans a 1-0 victory over the Eagles. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Orono’s Nora Chouanard (15) races after a loose ball as Rochester Lourdes’ Grace Buntrock (21) pursues. Chouanard's late first-half goal was the difference in the Spartans' 1-0 victory in the Class 1A quarterfinals. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Orono senior Anna Tesar has a nickname for her freshman teammate Nora Chouanard: Scora.

“She’s so good about being in the right spot and reading where those balls are going to be,” coach Erin Murray said. “I think that her and Tesar have a really good connection on that.”


Orono goalkeeper Clare Gagne (0) steps into a kick against Rochester Lourdes. Gagne posted a shutout in the Spartans' 1-0 Class 1A quarterfinal victory at Farmington High School on Wednesday. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

First report

Orono freshman midfielder Nora Chouanard scored with 7 seconds left in the first half for a 1-0 lead.

It held up for the No. 3-seeded Spartans as they defeated Rochester Lourdes by that 1-0 score in a Class 1A girls’ soccer quarterfinal Wednesday at Farmington High School.

As Orono senior Anna Tesar took the ball down the sideline, she slid it along the ground from the corner when she was about even with the goal line. Lourdes (15-4-1) goalkeeper Paige Gallaugher dove for the ball but missed. Chouanard was there in front to put the ball into the open net.

Orono (17-3-3) hasn’t allowed a goal in the past 10 games and has 14 shutouts this season. Senior Clare Gagne got the victory.

Check back later for more on the game.

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