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Thursday, August 27, 2009
St. Ursula falls in season opener

By Sheldon Shealer
ESPNRISE.com

No sooner had the girls' soccer season started than the No. 1 dreams of St. Ursula (Cincinnati, Ohio) got dashed.

Mason (Ohio) dealt St. Ursula a 1-0 defeat on a 10th minute goal by Megan Frye.

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Montgomery won the Piner tournament last weekend to temporarily inherit the California No. 1 ranking.
Mason's victory came in Andy Schur's debut as head coach.

This year's Mason squad features junior Jae Atkinson (committed to Cincinnati) and seniors Courtney Hoenicke (St. Bonaventure) and Kristin Leist (Indiana).

The result will reshuffle the top of the FAB 50 in the next ranking, which will be Tuesday, Sept. 1, with the No. 1 spot likely going to current No. 2 Eastlake (Sammamish, Wash.).

Around the Nation

Boys' Soccer

-- Epsicopal (Alexandria, Va.) suffered a significant loss without playing a match. Ntokozo Tshuma, a sophomore who played for the youth national team in Zimbabwe before coming to the U.S, underwent season-ending knee surgery last week to repair a torn MCL, according to coach Rick Wilcox. Tshuma had 18 goals and 11 assists last year, helping Episcopal to a state title and a FAB 50 Top 25 ranking. The 16-year-old plays for the under-18 Pachuca Internationals. In Zimbabwe, as a 15-year-old, he played on the under-17 national team and scored one goal in the team's 2-1 win over South Africa last summer. Tshuma injured his knee while playing for Pachuca in the Surf Cup in early August, Wilcox said. Prior to the injury, he had scored both of Pachuca's group play goals as the team posted three shutouts (a pair of 1-0 wins and a scoreless draw).

Girls' Soccer

-- Montgomery (Santa Rosa, Calif.) used a Juliana Kelm goal and stellar defense to upend Casa Grande (Petaluma, Calif.) 1-0 in the Piner Lady Prospector Classic title game. Casa Grande (2-1-0) started the season No. 1 in California by ESPNRISE.com with Montgomery (4-0-0) at No. 2. The teams play again this week in a regular-season match. Casa Grande edged Montgomery last year for the section title in a match settled on penalty kicks.

-- Sarah Groven, who started the girls' soccer program at Lourdes (Rochester, Minn.) in 1996, became the first female coach inducted into the Minnesota High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame this past weekend. Groven has 189 career victories and her teams have averaged 15 wins a year. The state coaches association started its Hall of Fame in 1991.

Sheldon Shealer covers youth soccer for ESPNRISE.com. He can be reached at Sheldon.Shealer@espn.com .