Tom's Pick: Sartell's soccer teams have tough matches

Tom's Pick: Sartell's soccer teams have tough matches

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Tom's Pick: Sartell's soccer teams have tough matches

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The Sartell boys soccer team got a top-four seed Saturday, though the Sabres didn’t get many favors by being paired against No. 5 Rochester Lourdes.

The Eagles are the defending state champions and perennial state tournament contenders, having qualified for state 12 times since 1998.

In that time, Lourdes won state titles in 1998, ’99 and last year.

Sartell and Lourdes play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Louis Park High School.

The Sartell girls soccer team didn’t receive a top-five seed Saturday and will play No. 1 Blake at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Cloud State’s Husky Stadium.

That’s the news from Saturday’s coaches’ seedings, which were done online and included a conference phone call.

Lourdes (13-5-2) has six seniors on its roster and is led by captains forward Johnny Lawson, midfielder Robert Simon and defender Zach Hebl.

There are no common opponents between the Eagles and Sartell (15-2-2).

The Sabres are making their second state berth in three years. They lost to Lourdes 2-1 in an overtime shootout that went 6-5 in the quarterfinals in 2011.

Sartell and Lourdes are bracketed with No. 1 St. Paul Como Park (16-0-3) and Waseca (17-0-1). The semifinals are noon Oct. 28 at the Metrodome with the championship set for 12:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the dome.

In the girls quarterfinals, Sartell (14-4-2) faces a Blake team that finished second last year to Benilde-St. Margaret’s. The Bears (15-3-1) make their ninth state appearance since 1997.

Blake won state titles in 2000 and 2011 and was runner-up in ’97, ’07, ’09 and ’12. The Bears have five seniors on their roster, including forward Lydia Sutton, who was on the Class A all-tournament team last year.

Sartell makes its third state appearance, having also been to state in 2006 and ’07.

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