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Thursday sports roundup: Worthington boys soccer team edges Fairmont in last regular season match

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Thursday high school sports roundup:

Boys soccer

Worthington 2, Fairmont 1

FAIRMONT -- The Section 2A boys soccer tournament will get under way on Monday, and with the seeding taking place Friday (Oct. 4), Worthington Trojans head coach Juan Flores believes his team is in a good place.

Worthington will enter tournament play with some momentum, coming off Thursday’s 2-1 victory on the road in Fairmont. The Trojans are 8-6-2 on the season after graduating several strong players off 2017 and 2018 state tournament teams.

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“Coming into the season we knew we were going to have a lot of close games,” said Flores. “We talked about it tonight and said we need to get a little momentum going into the postseason.”

Fairmont scored Thursday’s lone first half goal, but the Trojans scored twice in the second half. The first was scored by Eric Knuckles after a long ball was placed into the box. A Fairmont defender missed on an attempt to root it out, and Knuckles booted it into the back of the net.

The game-winner was scored by Dalen Gonzalez still early in the second half. It came on a corner kick. Teammate Isaiah Noble hit the post, Gonzalez got the rebound and scored with it.

Worthington attempted 14 shots on goal to Fairmont’s four.

Flores said he expects WHS to get the six or seven seed for the upcoming tournament and have a first round bye for Monday. The Trojans will play next Thursday for sure, Flores said, hopefully with a home match.

Worthington 0 2 -- 2

Fairmont 1 0 -- 1

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Spirit Lake 3, Worthington 0

SPIRIT LAKE, IA -- Spirit Lake was in total control of its out-of-state matchup against Worthington on Thursday night. Game scores were 25-14, 25-9, 25-8.

Stephie Bauman went 6-of-6 serving with an ace for the Trojans. Ellie Weg and Tarren Spartz had two blocks for WHS. Payton Sauerbrei had four digs, Kara Thuringer had four digs, and Bauman had three digs. Sophie Wietzema led the Trojans in kills with four. Brianna Veen went 5-of-6 serving, and Wietzema went 5-of-5 from the line.

Worthington falls to 4-17 and plays Jackson County Central next.

Marshall 3, Windom Area 0

MARSHALL -- Marshall beat Windom Area in three sets by scores of 25-12, 25-14, 25-18. The match was much anticipated. Windom Area moved up from Class A to Class AA this season and will need to go through Marshall to earn a state berth.

Marshall is ranked fourth in the current Class AA rankings.

Adrian 3, Pipestone Area 2

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ADRIAN -- Adrian outlasted Pipestone Area in five with game scores of 25-19, 25-18, 15-25, 11-25, and 15-11.

Kasie Tweet went 21-of-23 serving with two aces for the Dragons. Tweet also had 36 set assists, and 29 digs. Mayssa Tweet had 25 digs and went 18-of-20 serving with an ace. Shawna Rogers went 15-of-16 serving, and Morgan Neuenberg went 9-of-9.

Marissa Lehnhoff had 19 kills for the Dragons, Bailey Lonneman had 12 kills, and Brianna Reckamp had seven kills.

W-WG 3, Ellsworth 0

ELLSWORTH -- Kelly Berglund went 16-of-17 with two aces for Westbrook-Walnut Grove as it defeated Ellsworth in three games. Scores were 25-12, 27-25, 25-19.

Emma Wahl went 16-of-16 with an ace for the Chargers, Alli Vandekieft went 10-of-10 with an ace. Kelsey DeSmith had nine kills, Camryn Bunting had seven kills for W-WG. Wahl had 25 digs and Halle Steen had 27 set assists.

Morgan Dreesen went 12-of-12 with two aces and 13 set assists. Kendra DeBeer had four kills, and two blocks. Kallie Chapa had four kills, one block, and went 9-of-10 from the serving line.

W-WG improves to 12-7. Ellsworth plays next again on Tuesday in Lamberton against Red Rock Central.

RRC 3, H-LO/F 2

LAMBERTON -- Karli Arkell had 18 kills for Red Rock Central in its five game victory over Heron Lake Okabena/Fulda.

Nicole Schroepfer had 15 kills, Kierra Highby had 10 kills. Arkell had five blocks, Schroepfer had three blocks, 20 set assists, and 32 digs, and Bianca Weis 36 digs.

H-BC 3, MCC 2

HILLS -- Hills Beaver Creek won in five games against Red Rock Conference opponent Murray County Central. Game scores were 17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 15-10.

Whitney Elbers had 16 kills and three blocks for the Patriots. Abby Knobloch went 18-of-19 with an ace serving, and had 11 digs. Kailey Rozeboom had 13 set assists.

For MCC, Amber Boock had four ace serves and Shelby Christensen had 13 kills. Brianna Schmitz contributed nine kills, 29 digs and 24 set assists. Brynn Graphenteen had 20 set assists and Bryn Hoekman added two blocks.

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