Girls Varsity Soccer · Sabres Through to the Semis on a Strong Second Half

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The Sartell girls soccer team found themselves in an unfamiliar position Thursday, trailing at the half 1-0 to a section opponent for the first time since August. After nearly two weeks without playing a match it took the Sabres exactly 40 minutes of play to knock the rust off and get back into game form. Those 40 minutes were all the Storm needed to take the early lead. Freshman Gabby Fernholz got a step on the Sabres defense and hit a wonderful shot from the left side to give Sauk Rapids the lead. After the slow start the Sabres regrouped at the half and regained their regular season form taking control of the match. Bella Zerafa nearly equalized in the 35th minute with a fantastic left footed shot to the far post that was just inches wide. Sauk Rapids junior goalkeeper Maggie Fernholz kept the Storm in lead as long as she could, denying a 1v1 that looked destined for goal and then turning away a flurry of shots. Finally the Sabres broke through as Chloe Turner slotted home a ball played from Hailey Eibes to equalize and less than 10 minutes later Turner again found the net finishing a brilliant drop served in by Christa Meyer. The Sabres continued to control the game and the defense steadied to ensure the win in regular time. Sartell will host Cathedral on Tuesday at 4pm in the section semi-final.