Rochester Lourdes' Emma Schmitz (3), left, and Benilde-St. Margaret's midfielder Alli Voss (3) battled for the ball in the first half Wednesday. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky * firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Cassidy had been in freshman forward Elizabeth Dietzen’s position once as a ninth-grader for Benilde-St. Margaret’s in the Class 1A girls' soccer state tournament.
“It’s always intimidating going up against older players, especially seniors,” said Cassidy, a member of the Red Knights’ 2015 and 2016 state championship teams.
Dietzen looked at home as she and the senior midfielder teamed up for the first two goals in the Red Knights’ 3-0 victory over Rochester Lourdes in the quarterfinals at Prior Lake High School. Dietzen scored the first goal of the first half on an assist by Cassidy, who has committed to Division I Chicago-Loyola. Dietzen then found Cassidy for the second goal.
“I knew she could make the shot,” Dietzen said.
Elizabeth Dietzen and Amanda Cassidy tag-teamed for goals as Benilde-St. Margaret’s defeated Rochester Lourdes 3-0 on Wednesday at Prior Lake High School.
Dietzen jump-started the Red Knights with the first goal in the Class 1A girls' soccer state tournament quarterfinal match. Cassidy assisted on the first-half goal by the freshman forward, the team's second-leading scorer.
Cassidy, a senior midfielder who leads the team with 19 goals, added a second goal later in the half on an assist by Dietzen. The third-seeded Red Knights (14-4-2) controlled possession the rest of the way until the break. Rochester Lourdes goalkeeper Lauren Nickels settled in, though, and didn’t allow another goal.
The Eagles (15-2-2) became aggressive offensively in the second half but missed opportunities on free kicks and corner kicks. That included a missed header off the crossbar and a close shot on goal opportunity for Eagles senior Brittney Gruszynski.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s answered with sophomore midfielder Sophia Coleman vying for a shot, but she got knocked to the ground, which drew a free kick. Senior midfielder Katie Tucker drilled the free kick for a 3-0 Red Knights lead with 19:40 left in the match.
The Red Knights came into the tournament after a 2-1 upset of Blake (14-4) in the Class 1A, Section 5 championship Oct. 18. Benilde-St. Margaret’s will play in the Class 1A semifinals at 2 p.m. Tuesday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
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