Simley was rewarded for putting the pressure on Metro East Conference rival South St. Paul all game with a 3-1 victory at home Friday.
Simley led in shots throughout until Olivia Patnode broke a 0-0 tie with her first-career varsity goal early in the second period.
Leading in shots 18-6 after two periods, Simley held on to a one-goal lead until Olivia Juers was credited with a power-play goal and a 2-1 lead with 11:25 left in the game.
South St. Paul cut the deficit to 2-1 on a power-play goal by Lily Pachl five minutes later, but the Spartans wrapped the game up when Ella Tuccitto scored on an empty net with 49 seconds left.
Goaltender Delaney Norman made 26 saves for the Packers, while the Spartans’ Makenzie Gibson stopped 13 shots.
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