Prep Soccer: Hermantown boys, Denfeld boys & girls advance to Section 7AA semifinals

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On Tuesday the Hermantown and Duluth Denfeld boys, and Denfeld girls soccer teams won their respective Section 7AA quarterfinal matches.

In Section 7AA boys action, No. 3 Hermantown defeated No. 6 Mesabi East Area 6-1 behind a Nate Hill hat-trick. The Hawks advance to visit No. 2 Grand Rapids, who beat No. 7 North Branch 7-0, in the semifinals Thursday at 6 p.m.

Across the bracket, No. 4 Denfeld shutout No. 5 Hibbing/Chisholm 5-0 behind Matt Eklund’s first career hat-trick. The Hunters advance to visit No. 1 Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, riding a bye, Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Esko School Fields. The title game is Tuesday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at the sight of the highest remaining seed.

In Section 7AA girls action, No. 2 Denfeld toppled No. 7 Mesabi East Area 10-0 following a four goal and three assist performance by Alyssa Doyle. The Hunters advance to host No. 3 North Branch, who defeated No. 6 Hibbing/Chisholm 6-0, in the semifinals Thursday. Game time is still TBD.

The other 7AA girls semifinal will be between No. 5 Hermantown, who beat No. 4 Grand Rapids 2-1, and No. 1 Cloquet-Carlton riding a bye. Game time is 3 p.m. Thursday at Hilltop Field in Cloquet.

In Section 7AAA boys action Tuesday, No. 1 Duluth East defeated No. 8 Cambridge-Isanti 6-1 advancing to the semifinal Thursday at home against No. 4 Centennial at 6:30 p.m. In 7AAA girls, No. 4 Duluth East beat No. 5 Anoka 2-0 advancing to Thursday’s semifinal at No. 1 Centennial at 7 p.m.