THURSDAY NIGHT SPORTS: In an evenly-played first half of the Section 7AA boys soccer quarterfinals, No. 3 seed Duluth East led 2-0 over Cambridge-Isanti. C-I’s Josh Rouse ripped a penalty kick home 4:20 into the second half to cut the deficit in half. But the quick and physical Greyhounds reasserted themselves with a goal off a Jacket turnover three minutes later, then played solid ball-control soccer to advance in the playoffs.
The Bluejackets end the season with a 10-6 overall record. Rouse was among the metro scoring leaders this autumn with 19 goals and 19 assists.
Duluth East (13-2-2) next plays at No. 2 Coon Rapids (10-4-3) in the 7AA semifinals on Saturday. No. 5 Forest Lake (6-9-2) tipped No. 4 Andover 3-2 in overtime in their quarters match, and the Rangers travel to No. 1 seed Blaine (12-3-1) on Saturday.
The 7AA finals will be Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the surviving high seed.
7AA Girls Soccer: Blaine 2, Cambridge-Isanti 0
No. 2 seed Blaine shut out the visiting No. 7 seed Bluejackets when the 7AA girls soccer tourney began Oct. 11. The Bengals (12-4-1) will host No. 3 St. Francis in Saturday’s semifinals; the Saints (12-5) slipped past No. 6 Forest Lake 1-0 in the shootout Thursday night.
No. 4 Duluth East (6-9-2) defeated No. 5 Coon Rapids 1-0 and will travel to top-seed Andover (13-2-1) in the other semifinals.
Braham Volleyball escapes from Gobblers
In a crucial Great River Volleyball match Oct. 11, visiting Aitkin took the first two games 25-23, 25-22, but the Bombers reversed the momentum by sweeping the next three: 25-16, 25-14, 16-14. The victory kept Braham perfect at 10-0 in GRC matches.
Onamia (9-1 GRC) kept pace with the Bombers by taking Rush City 3-1 Oct. 11. Braham travels to Onamia Oct. 15 for the next big showdown for the conference championship.
M-8 Volleyball: St. Michael-Alb. 3, Cambridge-Isanti 0
The host Knights stayed near Buffalo at the top of the Mississippi 8 Volleyball standings by sweeping the Bluejackets Oct. 11: 25-11, 25-23, 25-18. Cambridge-Isanti heads to the two-day Apple Valley Invite on Friday.
Jacket Girls Swim/Dive 103, Milaca 78
Cambridge-Isanti won an Oct. 11 non-conference meet with the visiting Wolves. Bluejacket individuals taking 1st place in their events Thursday night: Katie Beauto (200 IM & Backstroke), Brooke Olson (200 Free), Hannah Thiry (Diving), Ashley Hiljus (100 Butterfly) and Allesia Zenatti (500 Free).