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October 24, 2013

West girls soccer team earns first STATE VICTORY

Burandt, Fox each score twice in quarterfinal win

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"I just saw the ball in the air, and I knew I had to go after it and finish," Burandt said.

The next time Abdo got a corner, she hooked the ball, sailing over the goalkeeper and inside the right post to make it 3-0.

"She had been curving them pretty close in warmups," Burandt said. "I'm really happy for her."

La Crescent, the No. 3 seed, cut the lead to 3-1 by halftime, finally cashing one of the many scoring opportunities.

La Crescent pressed even more in the second half, moving an extra attacker into the mix, and it paid off after five minutes, cutting the lead to 3-2.

But three minutes later, West answered. Fox took a shot from 30 yards that the keeper stopped, but the ball popped out, and Burandt was alone at the goal mouth, restoring the two-goal margin.

"There was a sense of relief," Makela said. "But I never felt like there was any doubt. Everybody kept saying `we can do it.' We had confidence and trust in each other."

The fifth goal was the prettiest. West got out on a breakaway. Fox passed to the middle, where Burandt waited for Fox to clear on the right side. The return pass was perfect, and Fox finished at 58:58 for a 5-2 advantage.

La Cresecent had 13 shots on goal, with Katie Lauer making 11 saves and defender Riley Decko making one point-blank stop. McKenna Peters and Sarah Buryska turned away a lot of opportunities at defense.

West (13-6-2) plays in the semifinals at 10 a.m. Monday at Metrodome against Benidle-St. Margaret's or Duluth Denfeld.

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