Bismarck High edged Mandan girls soccer 2-1 Tuesday to increase their point lead atop the WDA standings, while Century and Minot picked up victories.
Bismarck High scored inside the first 10 minutes, as a well-placed cross found a wide open Mallory Henriksen, who used a first-touch shot to beat Mandan’s Olivia Geiger for the 1-0 lead.
Mandan created several dangerous chances after that as they attempted to equalize. Alonna Allickson was denied a goal midway through the half thanks to a punch save by Bismarck’s Olivia Dickerson.
But toward the end of the half, Allickson got another chance. She dribbled past one defender, then sent a curling shot from the edge of the box to beat Dickerson and tie the game.
Mandan nearly pulled ahead in the final seconds of the first half. Keeper Olivia Geiger drilled a high and deep punt that bounced cleanly over Bismarck’s back line. Allickson caught up to the ball with just Dickerson to beat, but the clock expired before Allickson got the shot off.
Bismarck’s Elle Hill provided the go-ahead goal 15 minutes into the second half for her WDA-leading 12th goal of the year, and that was enough to seal the win.
Minot kept pace with Bismarck by beating St. Mary’s 2-1.
Century’s Kate Weigum scored twice to lead Century past Jamestown by a score of 2-1.
After tonight’s results, the WDA standings look like this:
1. Bismarck High, 21 points
2. Minot, 19 points
3. Mandan, 16 points
4. Century, 11 points
5. St. Mary’s, 9 points
6. Jamestown, 4 points
7. Legacy, 3 points