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BOYS SOCCER: Top-seeded Anoka nips Warriors 1-0 in quarterfinals

ANOKA — Despite playing probably their best match of the season, the No. 8-seeded Brainerd Warriors saw their season end when they were edged 1-0 by No. 1 Anoka in the Section 8-2A quarterfinals Thursday.

Anoka outshot Brainerd 11-2, but the Warriors were able to keep the Tornadoes out of the net for almost 65 minutes.

The winning goal was punched in by Jake McElmury at the 64:23 mark of the second half.

“This was by far the best game we’ve played all year,” said Brainerd coach Tony Smith.  “Holding them to one goal was fantastic.

“It was a very hard-fought contest and I’m very proud of the boys. It was kind of heart-wrenching to see it end in a one-point loss.

“(Keeper) Thor (Linnerooth) came up with some huge saves and overall everyone played well.  We didn’t lose our composure and kept it close.”

Brainerd finishes 3-10-2. Anoka (10-3-4) advances to the section semifinals, hosting the Buffalo/Moorhead winner 1 p.m. Saturday.

Brainerd 0 0 — 0

Anoka    0  1 — 1

Second half: A-Jake McElmury 64:32

Shots on goal: Brd 2, A 11

Goalkeepers: Brd-Thor Linnerooth (10 saves), A-Connor Iverson (2 saves)

Overall: Brainerd finishes 3-10-2. Next: No. 1 Anoka  vs. No. 4 Buffalo/No. 5 Moorhead winner at high seed in Section 8-2A semifinals 1 p.m. Saturday.