Saturday’s match between Duluth East and North St. Paul appeared to be going down as a draw. Both teams kept the game level at 1-1 through regulation and overtime, however, the Greyhounds had other plans as the second overtime period began.
Duluth East defeated North St. Paul 2-1 with a late overtime winner from William Francis at North St. Paul High School on Saturday.
The Polars (2-2, 1-0) opened up the scoring 18 minutes in when Ahmad Jalloh stole the ball from a defender in front of him and lobbed a shot over Greyhounds goalie Oliver Hasler.
Duluth East, ranked No. 4 in Class 2A by the coaches’ association, was given a penalty kick from a handball in the box. Seth Hoffman converted the spot kick to tie the match 1-1.
The Greyhounds (6-0-1) held the edge in possession time in the second half, but were not able to take advantage of their opportunities.
Neither team’s goalkeeper was tested much early in the game. For the Greyhounds, Hasler made four saves. Doug Habte stopped three shots for the Polars.
Both teams made a late push to win in regulation, but were unable to capitalize on their chances, resulting in overtime.
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