JM wins thriller, ends Mayo's string in rivalry

For the first time in three years, Rochester John Marshall has beaten Mayo in girls soccer.

JM prevailed 1-0 over the Spartans on Thursday night in a Big Nine Conference game at John Marshall Stadium.

KC Beed netted the decisive goal with 23 minutes left in the first half and that was it for the offense. Beed, a freshman, slipped past the Mayo defense and scored the goal unassisted to lift the Rockets to victory.

"It was an indirect kick that ricocheted off a Mayo player and KC got a clean look," said JM coach Kevin Lowery. "She put it away and we played good defense the rest of the way."

John Marshall goalie Maija Schmelzer got the shutout in net with eight saves. The win moved the Rockets (3-2) into third-place in the conference standings.


"Playing against Dave Bahr's (Mayo coach) team is always difficult," Lowery added. "He did some wonderful things with the alignments. His girls played their hearts out and mine did too, it was a fun game to watch."

Bahr was disappointed.

"John Marshall came to play," he said. "They really outhustled us."

He said Mayo had no quality opportunities and that the JM defense was able to clear the ball whenever Mayo got within scoring range. He said Kierin Amundson and Sarah Bonner played well for the Spartans.

JM girls soccer plays at Century on Saturday at 1 p.m. Mayo travels to Albert Lea Saturday.

K-M errors aid Lourdes

The Rochester Lourdes girls soccer team capitalized on mistakes to score all its goals in the first half in a 4-0 win over Kasson-Mantorville in Kasson. Heavy rain fell in the second half.

"When you make mistakes against good teams, they usually make you pay," said K-M coach Chris Soderberg. "Our young team played well, I thought. They put a lot of pressure on us. We had opportunities but didn't capitalize."


Just three varsity players return for the KoMets this year.

Anna Moes opened the scoring for Lourdes at 11:30 into the first half on a bounce pass that trickled in front of the net. Jessie Ryan got the assist.

Karla Schommer scored at 27:30 on an assist from Jaime Ernster, who made a sharp pass from midfield. Steph Armstead scored at 33 minutes on a shot from midfield. And Cristin Stuart finished the scoring when she received the ball in the midfield right corner and shot the ball in on the same side with one minute left in the half.

Sarah Groven said the Eagles played equally strong in the second half, "but we played in monsoon-like conditions that we aren't really used to."

Lourdes goalkeeper Chelsey Turner got the shutout, her third. For K-M, Emily Lushinsky played keeper in the first half, and Krissie Poffenberger took over in the second.

Lourdes (6-1-1) plays host to Minnehaha Academy on Saturday.

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