Girls Soccer: Little Falls earns first playoff win in program history

By PATRICK SLACK
Sports Editor

Little Falls girls soccer vs. St. Cloud Apollo photo gallery

The Little Falls crowd erupts behind Chelsea Moran and the Flyers after Moran scored the opening goal of Thursday's playoff match against St. Cloud Apollo.

The Little Falls crowd erupts behind Chelsea Moran and the Flyers after Moran scored the opening goal of Thursday’s playoff match against St. Cloud Apollo.

The Little Falls girls soccer team earned the first playoff win in program history, Thursday, shutting out visiting St. Cloud Apollo 3-0.

Both teams jockeyed for position deep into a tightly-contested first half, with neither team able to break through with a goal.

With less than six minutes to play before the half, Little Falls freshman Chelsea Moran stole the ball, wound up and blasted a deep drive from 25 feet out over the head of the Apollo keeper, giving the Flyers the lead.

It appeared it would remain 1-0 heading into the half, a small lead, but one that was relatively secure with the stingy defense.

Senior Katie Yorek (15) is greeted by junior Alicia Gapinski (4) after Yorek buried a goal late in the first half of Thursday's playoff match against St. Cloud Apollo.

Senior Katie Yorek (15) is greeted by junior Alicia Gapinski (4) after Yorek buried a goal late in the first half of Thursday’s playoff match against St. Cloud Apollo.

However, senior Katie Yorek buried a deep shot with only 21 seconds remaining before the break, giving Little Falls a 2-0 advantage.

The Flyers continued to press their advantage in the opening stages of the second half, until that pressure eventually led to a third goal, this time off the foot of freshman Melissa Geisenhof.

Yorek fed Geisenhof with a centering pass, then after a loose ball in front of the net rattled free, Geisenhof poked it in for her first career varsity goal.

Junior Scottijo Meyer made three saves in goal.

It was the eighth shutout of the season for the Flyers, who are 19th in the state in goals against and 20th in goal differential.

Little Falls, the third seed in Sub-Section 8A South, will now play at second-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen, Saturday at 2 p.m.

Sartell won its first-round match 6-0 over St. John’s Prep.

Three St. Cloud Apollo defenders couldn't keep the ball away from Little Falls freshman Melissa Geisenhof, who gained possession of the loose ball before knocking in a goal.

Three St. Cloud Apollo defenders couldn’t keep the ball away from Little Falls freshman Melissa Geisenhof, who gained possession of the loose ball before knocking in a goal.

Little Falls freshman Melissa Geisenhof picked a good spot for her first career goal, scoring the final goal in Thursday's 3-0 home playoff win over St. Cloud Apollo.

Little Falls freshman Melissa Geisenhof picked a good spot for her first career goal, scoring the final goal in Thursday’s 3-0 home playoff win over St. Cloud Apollo.

Senior Rachelle LeBlanc boots the ball downfield in Thursday's 3-0 section win over St. Cloud Apollo. LeBlanc was a key part in the Flyers' defense recording its eighth shutout of the season.

Senior Rachelle LeBlanc boots the ball downfield in Thursday’s 3-0 section win over St. Cloud Apollo. LeBlanc was a key part in the Flyers’ defense recording its eighth shutout of the season.

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