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Benilde-St. Margaret’s girls edge Orono girls in Metro West Conference clash

By Ben Grundhauser, SportsEngine, 09/28/21, 7:45PM CDT


The Red Knights kept their undefeated season alive by dominating on defense.

Benilde-St. Margaret's Sydney Drees (11) dribbles away from Orono’s Eva Pinske (3) during Tuesday night’s match in Orono. Drees’s first half goal was enough for the Red Knights to earn a 1-0 victory over the Spartans. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

Eleven games into the season and Benilde-St. Margaret’s has looked close to perfect. A team that has scored at least five goals in eight games this year consistently showcases the offensive juggernaut that is is. 

On Tuesday night, however, it was the defense that stepped up, shutting out No. 7 Orono (5-4-1) to clinch a 1-0 win in Class 2A soccer at Orono High School. 

Five minutes into the Metro West Conference clash, the game looked like it could be another runaway game for the Red Knights when senior Sydney Drees scored her eighth goal of the year to give Benilde-St. Margaret’s a 1-0 jolt early. 

“I just saw the ball coming to me, and I saw the entire corner open,” Drees said. “I just tried to stay composed and finish it.” 

Benilde-St. Margaret's Mary Zavoral (9) clears the ball. The Red Knights’ defense has allowed only three goals this season after defeating the Orono 1-0 Tuesday night. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

First Report

Benilde-St. Margaret’s early goal helped the Red Knights secure a 1-0 win over Orono in Class 2A Metro West Conference soccer Tuesday night at Orono High School. 

The Red Knights got on the board early when Sydney Drees, on the rebound, found the open net and made it a 1-0 game at the four minute, 40 second mark of the game. 

No. 1-2A Benilde-St. Margaret’s (11-0) controlled the majority of the possession with numerous open looks at the net. Kiya Gilliand’s shot hit the top crossbar when she was found open in the middle of the zone, and Maddie Shannon’s chip shot just missed left. 

The No. 7-2A Spartans (5-4-1) had moments where the ball was able to get into the Red Knights’ zone, but the swarming Benilde-St. Margaret’s defense kept the home team out of the net. 

At one point, Orono’s Kayla Kallenbach fed Corrinne Field near the middle of the zone, but her shot was saved by Red Knight keeper Olivia Olson. 

Orono keeper Harper Randolph tallied a couple big saves to keep the Spartans within striking distance throughout the second half. The senior goalie finished with eight saves on the night. 

The second half was scoreless despite the myriad of scoring opportunities for the Red Knights. They finished with nine shots on goal compared to Orono’s two. 

Benilde-St Margaret’s remains perfect on the season, while Orono drops its third game of the season. 

Orono’s Harper Randolph makes one of her eight saves against Benilde-St. Margaret’s Tuesday night. The Spartans fell to the Red Knights 1-0 despite Randolph’s stellar play in goal. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine

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