Esko girls soccer secures first state berth since 2011

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A second half goal by Ava Korby lifted Esko girls soccer past Spectrum 2-1 Tuesday night to claim the Section 7A title in front of a home crowd.

This marks the Eskomos’ first state tournament berth since 2011.

Kaitlyn McConnell struck first for Esko, scoring on her 16th birthday, to take the 1-0 lead before halftime. Spectrum’s Chloe DeMond then tied it halfway through the second half before Korby’s game-winner.

“This means so much to them,” head coach Sharon Lahti said. “They’ve been working for this all season. It’s been 11 years since Esko has gone to state.”

“We were the target team because we had such a good season and I’m just so proud of our improvement,” senior captain Ava Korby said. “I play three sports and this is the first state tournament I’ve ever gone to as a senior.”

Esko now takes a 15-2-1 record into the Class A state tournament which begins October 25.

In the Section 7A boy’s soccer championship No. 2 Duluth Marshall fell to No. 1 Legacy Christian Academy 3-0. The Hilltoppers finish 10-8-1.