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Northside blitzes Von Steuben, advances to first sectional final

05/27/2014, 9:00pm CDT
By Hunter Tickel

Northside scored twice in the first six minutes and again in the 19th minute en route to a 5-0 victory against Von Steuben Tuesday at Jorndt Field at Amundsen.

Top-seeded Northside came into the sectional semifinal matchup with Von Steuben having outscored opponents 21-0 in the playoffs, and their dominance was evident again on Tuesday.

The team struck twice in the first six minutes and again in the 19th minute en route to a 5-0 win at Jorndt Field at Amundsen.

With the win, Northside (13-6-2) will compete in its first sectional final.

"I'm pretty thrilled," Northside coach Robert Albritton said. "I don't even think they realize... because we have never been in this position before. When they realized they were one of the 16 teams left in the tournament that got to them."

Junior Bella Manobianco —who recorded a hat trick— opened the scoring with a tipped goal in the second minute. Four minutes later her free kick outside of the box sailed to the back post and was finished by sophomore Sarah Mullen at the back post from point-blank range.

Thirteen minutes later, Mullen made up ground running down a ball on the sideline — her first of two assists — to set up sophomore Alexadara Sober, whose goal put Northside ahead 3-0.

"We really wanted to come out with intensity, because we know that they do have some strong players, we had to shut them down right away." Manobianco said.

A centering pass to senior Nora O'Brien gave her an open look at an empty net, but she pulled her shot in the 43rd minute.

Three minutes later, Manobianco scored from the edge of the left corner of the box.

Five minutes later, it was 5-0 after Manobianco finished off a cross from O'Brien.

Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Stromsta picked up her third shutout of the tournament. She made six saves.

Von Steuben's forward Patricia George challenged her once the Panthers made a tactical move after falling behind early, but it didn't help.

"We tried to change things up we went with three defenders, because we were trying to win the game," Von Steuben coach Mark Pellikan said. "We pushed forward. Every time George gets the ball they push three people up top."

George's best chance of the night was a breakaway in the 66th minute that was stopped.

From the start, George had to drop back into her own side of the field to get the ball. That led to her making streaking runs in the attacking third.

In one instance, she got the ball near half and carried to the box before unleashing a shot that was bound for the near upper 90, but kept out by Stromsta.

The Mustangs meanwhile, finished five of their six shots on goal and had just four shots.

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