Rochester Lourdes wing Emma Schmitz (7) celebrated her first period goal with Eagles teammate Abby Wick (19). Schmitz scored again in overtime to win the game. Photo: JEFF WHEELER • Jeff.Wheeler@startribune.com
Emma Schmitz doesn’t remember exactly what she did and, frankly, who can blame her? It’s not often a player scores an overtime game-winner in the state tournament.
The senior forward’s second goal of the game, 53 seconds into overtime, lifted Rochester Lourdes (18-10) to a 2-1 victory over South St. Paul in the Class 1A quarterfinals.
“Honestly, I don’t know what I really did,” Schmitz said. “I was kind of in a zone. I just went down and made a move.”
Schmitz, following coach Jeff True’s advice, knew enough to target the gap between the South St. Paul goalie’s legs and that’s what she did, slipping the puck through and giving the Eagles' program its first state tournament victory.
“My coach told me to go five-hole if I ever got the chance and that’s what I did,” Schmitz said.
Emma Schmitz scored 53 seconds into overtime to lift Rochester Lourdes to a 2-1 victory over South St. Paul in the Class 1A quarterfinals.
It was Schmitz's second goal of the game. She had given the Eagles the lead 1-0 at 9:46 of the first period.
That lead stood until South St. Paul’s Brynn Sexauer scored on a bad-angle wrist shot with 3:34 left in the third period.
Rochester Lourdes (16-10) moves on to play defending Class 1A champion Breck in a semifinal at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
Check back later for more on the game.