By PATRICK SLACK
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.
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.