BY ROB LAPLANTE
The St. Michael-Albertville girls’ soccer team is hoping a third time is a charm.
For the third consecutive season, the Knights advanced to the Section 8AA championship game after home wins over St. Cloud Tech and Moorhead. Due to deadline, results of Tuesday’s championship game with Anoka will be in next week’s edition.
Earning the No. 1 seed in Section 8AA, the 14-1-3 overall Knights hosted St. Cloud Tech last Thursday and knocked off the Tigers 6-0.
A pair of youngsters led the attack. Sophomore Jordyn Walker scored three goals and eighth-grader Makenzie Langdok added two. It was Langdok’s team-leading eighth goal and 14th point of the season. Junior defenseman DJ Noel added her first goal of the year.
Senior goalkeeper MiCale Jensen earned the win and picked up her seventh shutout of the season.
Two days later, STMA advanced to Tuesday’s title game and defeated Moorhead 3-1. Once again, the Knights were led by Walker. She tallied two more goals and fifth in two playoff games. Senior Brandy Schirmers added the other goal.
Prior to the playoffs, Walker had scored two goals in 15 games. Her seven goals are tied with senior Jess Johnson for second on the team behind Langdok.
“Jordyn has been playing real well,” said head coach Megan Johnson. “Makenzie and Jordyn seem to have a nice connection going on right now.”
Tuesday’s title match with Anoka was a rematch of last year’s Section 8AA championship game. A year ago, the Knights lost 2-1 to the Tornadoes. It was the second consecutive year STMA fell in the section finals.
“We have more team cohesiveness this year,” Johnson said. “This team over the last couple years is better at finishing goals. But we’re not getting comfortable. We definitely feel the pressure of getting past this game.”