Thursday, March 30, 2023

Totally Magical: The Magats caps off consecutive undefeated season with second kingdom title

James Jackson/MDN The Minot High Majesties cemented their legacy to cement with back-to-back State Girls Soccer titles on Saturday at the Starion Sports Complex in Mandan.

Often in reality, perfection is reserved for fictional stories and Hollywood scripts. Still, for the Minot High Magets girls’ soccer team, she’s spent the past two years writing her own real-life Cinderella story filled with magic on the pitch. In doing so, these women embodied both literal and metaphorical definitions of “Perfect Football” Not only in the North Dakota record books but for all fans of the game.

Entering the 2022 NDHSAA Girls’ State Soccer Tournament championship game on Saturday at the Starion Sports Complex in Mandan, #1 seed Minot High Majets from West Zone (13-0 West Zone on aggregate) entered the game at 3:30 p.m. With a 13–0 West Zone regular season record and title win, as well as a West Zone tournament title win against Bismarck High.

Earlier in the state tournament that began on June 2, the Magets defeated the #4 seed in the East Region West Fargo Packers 4–0 in the quarterfinals to knock out the #2 seed from the East Region West Fargo Cheyenne Mustangs 2. -0 in the semi-finals.

Competing in their second North Dakota Girls State Soccer Tournament championship game in as many years, the Majestic entered an undeniably impressive two-year, 32-game undefeated winning streak. During this run for dominance, she overcame her opponents by a whopping 184-8, earning the first girls’ football title in the school’s history. Broken down into 32 matches played so far, that is a blistering goal of 5.75 goals—0.25 goals against the average during that period, or 2,300% more goals than sanctioned goals for Minot High during that period. .

In a more precise analytical analysis, Minot High scored exactly 23 goals for every goal scored against them during their execution of excellence over their opponents. Whether viewed from an offensive or defensive point of view, dominance on both ends is staggering.

Totally Magical: The Magats Caps Off Consecutive Undefeated Season With Second Kingdom Title

For the #3 seed of the East Zone Fargo Shenley Deacons (9-6-2 overall, 8-4-2 Eastern Zone), they’re no strangers to the cornucopia of arms that the Majestics bring to the table.

Deacon fell at home to Minot High in the 2021-2022 season opener 3-1 at Sid Schiele Stadium on April 9. However, they were only able to score one of the three goals scored on the Magnets in the entirety of the 2022 season.

Arguably the most powerful psychological leverage that the Deacons brought to the championship match-up is the fact that they were the last team to defeat the Majestics, a victory that happened three years ago in pre-Covid 2019.

Continuing the trend of coming out of the gate aggressively during the state tournament, it only took senior standout and four-time WDA All-Region Team honoree Malia Burke seven minutes, giving the Magnets a goalless 1st. Turned up -0.

Five minutes later, sophomore Maisie Burke added fuel to the fire via a goal assisted by fellow sophomore Emerson Perrin to extend the Minot High lead to 2–0.

Totally Magical: The Magats Caps Off Consecutive Undefeated Season With Second Kingdom Title

Perrin, however, was just getting started, providing another assist at the 19′ mark to eighth-grade forward Jasmine Michner, who fired a beautiful 18-yard shot into the corner of the Shanley goal and quickly took a three-goal lead. .

Serving as a high-ranking deacon for the Deacons, senior goalkeeper Paige McAllister thwarted several goalless scoring opportunities by a fatal scoring threat at Malia Burke and the other Magats, which accelerated the Magets’ lead before the end of the first half. could increase.

Nevertheless, after being crushed by McAllister on several attempts, Malia Burke took a brilliant through-ball pass from sophomore defender Bria Lewis and used precision footwork to connect McAllister in the third face-off attempt and link up with a goal. Gone which will be closed. Extended Minot High’s lead to 4-0 in the first half.

In the end, the Magnets’ lead would prove insurmountable, as they dominated field control in the second half and proceeded to extend their lead to a 6–0 final score on goals by Messi Burke at 1′ and 18. scar.

Ultimately, the Minot High Magents ended the season with an embarrassment of riches as it pertains to team and individual achievements. Team-wise, they carry an active 33 games, a two-season winning streak in the 2022–2023 season, in addition to back-to-back West Region regular seasons and the title of Tournament Champs, and notably back-to-back North Dakota State Girls Soccer Champion.

Totally Magical: The Magats Caps Off Consecutive Undefeated Season With Second Kingdom Title

Individually, four Minot High players placed in the top ten in goals scored in West Zone, represented by Malia Burke with 16 (T-1), Jasmine Meichner and Emerson Perrin with 11 (T-4). , and Emme Miller did with 8. (5th).

Emerson Perrin led the WDA with 12, followed by Malia Burke with 10 (third), and Morgan Perrin and Maisie Burke with 7 (t-fifth).

Goalkeeper Madison Elliott tied for first place during the season with nine overs to spare, highlighting the Magnets’ impeccably prepared defensive unit.

Not to be forgotten, Magtz head coach and WDA Coach of the Year Matt Pfau will enter the 2023 season looking for a three-peat as he guides Minot High to their third state championship.

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