JAMESTOWN — Usha Monger's found the most dramatic time to score her first varsity goal.
Trailing on a fast break opportunity, Monger rebounded a redirected Brooke Boyer shot and fired it into the net just before time expired, lifting West Fargo Sheyenne to a 1-0 win over Fargo Davies in the third-place game of the Girls Soccer State Tournament Saturday.
Having narrowly missed on several scoring opportunities in the second half, the Mustangs appeared headed to overtime before Boyer took control of a loose ball and raced ahead of the Eagle defense in the closing seconds.
When Boyer's shot was knocked away by Eagle goalie Breanna Nelson, Monger had raced past trailing defenders and blasted home a goal just before time expired. Officials added one second to the clock after the goal, but that proved too little time for Davies to mount any sort of comeback attempt.
"I just looked at the clock (and) I saw the ball in front of me and I thought 'Why not just take it?' Monger, a sophomore, said. "When you don't have (much) time left, you've just got to take it."
The Mustangs, who fell 2-0 to eventual state champion Shanley/Oak Grove in Friday's semifinals, exacted some revenge on an Eagle team that defeated them 4-1 in the 2018 state championship game.
The win proved bittersweet for a core group of seven seniors, all of whom played regular minutes, who said Saturday's win was a nice sendoff before the inevitable tough goodbyes.
"I think we're all genuinely happy about the win, but we're all sad to leave each other," said Hayley Rindahl, one of five Mustangs who will play collegiality next year. "Right now we're so filled with happiness from the win that it's hard to think about but it'll hit us later. We've been playing together for so long that it's not going to be the same without them."
Minot wasn't feeling particularly hospitable to West Fargo teams during the Class A State Baseball Tournament.
The west fourth-seed and tournament host Magicians survived an eight-inning, 6-4 contest with top east seed West Fargo Sheyenne Friday, then sent West Fargo to the consolation bracket with a 3-0 win Friday.
Trailing by as many as three runs early, the Mustangs battled back to tie the game 4-4 and had the bases loaded with just one out in the bottom of the seventh. They couldn't convert, though, as Magician pitcher Kyler Stenberg recorded a strikeout and a flyout to end the rally.
Stenberg then put Minot ahead for good in the top of the eighth with an RBI single.
One day after scoring a season-high 18 runs in an opening-round win over Dickinson, Packer bats went cold against Minot pitcher Blake Smith, who threw six-plus shutout innings in a 3-0 Magician win.
The Packers brought the tying run to the plate with just one out in the seventh but failed to bring a run home.
The Packers finished fourth following a 10-1 loss to Fargo Shanley Saturday. Sheyenne beat Dickinson 7-6 in eight innings Friday before falling 7-6 to Williston in Saturday's fifth-place game.
Bismarck Century became the first team to win back-to-back Class A titles with a 7-2 win over Minot in Saturday's championship game.
Packer soccer drops two
Lainey Sandberg and Allison Lepp each scored two goals as top West seed Minot defeated West Fargo 5-1 in the opening round of the Girls Soccer State Tournament Thursday.
Jacie Osier scored the lone goal for the Packers, who were back at state following a two-year absence.
The Packers played Bismarck Century to a draw through regulation and overtime, but lost in an elimination game shootout on Friday.
Nankivel and Faiman take fifth at state
West Fargo seniors Isabella Nankivel and Grace Faiman earned a pair of wins to place fifth at the Girls Tennis State Doubles Tournament.
After an opening-round 6-4, 6-1 win, the Packer duo fell 6-0, 6-3 to Sheyenne's Preeti Chemiti and Mimi Gu, the eventual doubles champions.
After rebounding with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 win in the consolation semis, they pushed to a third set tiebreaker in the fifth-place match before falling 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 to Abby McPherson and Camryn Beasley of Bismarck Legacy, the duo they defeated in the opening round.