Trojans ousted from state boys soccer tourney; WHS scores upset win at volleyball sectionals

The Worthington Trojans boys soccer team’s season came to an end Wednesday night in Farmington as the fourth-seeded Trojans were edged by the No. 5 seed Richfield Spartans, 2-1.

The two teams played a scoreless first half as Worthington controlled most of the first 15 minutes of play before Richfield found a rhythm and started to mount some pressure on the Worthington defense. Eduardo Dominguez, who was at goalkeeper for WHS to start the match, was able to turn some Spartans’ chances away and keep the score tied.

In the second half, both teams remained knotted at 0-0 until Luis Sanchez scored for Richfield with 20:45 remaining. The Trojans didn’t take long to get the equalizer, though. It was Maqui Sandoval scoring on a free kick from roughly 45 yards out to tie the match with a little more than 15 minutes left.

The Spartans then quickly took the lead back, as Antwane Ruiz beat Trojans goalkeeper Osmin Pineda to his right with a bending left-footed shot with 14:03 to go. The Trojans were able to put some pressure on Richfield over the final minutes, but it’s the Spartans who will advance to the semifinals next Tuesday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis against top-seeded Hill-Murray.

Worthington, meanwhile, ends its 2022 season with a final record of 17-3. It was the second consecutive trip to state for the Trojans and fourth in the last six seasons.

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The seventh-seeded Worthington Trojans volleyball team traveled to second-seeded Willmar Wednesday night and scored a 3-2 upset win to advance in the Section 2AAA Tournament. Scores were 29-27, 25-22, 18-25, 16-25, 15-9.

WHS improved to 18-11 on the season by defeating a team that entered Wednesday’s match with a 24-3 record. The Trojans will now play at St. Peter at 7 p.m. Friday in a sectional semifinal, with the winner advancing to the championship match scheduled for next Thursday.

Tarren Spartz had 15 kills, Ellie Weg 13 kills and Madison Beckmann 11 kills for Worthington. Dig leaders were Tarren Spartz with 18, Regan Schaefer with 10 and Madi Petersen with eight. Weg and Janessa Hamann had four blocks apiece.

In serving for ther Trojans, Petersen led the way with four aces and Tarren Spartz was 17-for-19 with three aces. Jayden Spartz was 17-of-18 serving.

Addison Gerber, meanwhile, passed for 38 set assists.

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The George Little Rock Central Lyon girls cross country team for is headed to the state meet, and Lane Henrichs also qualified individually for state. That meet is scheduled for Friday in Fort Dodge. There will be a send-off at 1:30 p.m. today.



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