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BSM Girls' Soccer Takes Third Place in State Tournament

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BSM Girls' Soccer Takes Third Place in State Tournament

Update: November 3

BSM girls' soccer took home third place in the 2022 Class AA Minnesota State High School League Soccer Tournament. Kiya Gilliand '24 scored the lone goal for the Red Knights, who played to a third place 1-1 tie with the Mankato East Cougars. BSM finished the season with a 14-5-3 overall record. 

We are extremely proud of our girls' soccer team and thank the seniors for all the hard work and dedication they have put into the soccer program over the years. Go Red Knights!

Update: November 2

The Red Knights girls’ soccer team played a hard-fought game Wednesday afternoon in the semifinal round of the Minnesota State High School League 2022 Class AA Girls’ Soccer Tournament, losing to Mahtomedi High School 2-0.  At the start of the game, captain Kayla Smart '23 shared how it felt to be back playing at US Bank Stadium, "Competing in the state semifinals is such an incredible feeling. At the beginning of this season, we weren't supposed to be such a strong team as we lost 11 seniors that made up our starting line-up last year, but we have shown how deep of a team we are. The team has created such a fun and encouraging environment. Our team has come so far this season, and I am so excited to see what else we can do as we advance in the state tournament." 

We’re very proud of our team and will cheer them on in the state tournament third place game Thursday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. at West St. Paul Regional Athletics Center in West St. Paul.

BSM will have a regular school day on Thursday, Nov. 3, with classes following a normal Block Day Even schedule. Those senior high students or junior high girls' soccer players who want to attend tomorrow’s game, must have their parents email Mr. Pettinger at by 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, for an early release at 10 a.m. All students dismissed from school must check in with Mr. Pettinger at the game.

For Thursday's consolation round game, there will be no fan buses. Tickets to the game may be purchased at  

If you have questions, please contact Jerry Pettinger at

Update: October 28

The BSM girls' soccer team advanced to state semifinals after defeating Alexandria Area High School 5-1 on Thursday, Oct. 27. Four different Red Knights scored in the contest: Siena Carver '24 (2), Lauren Hillins '24, Grace Horejsi '24, and Brooklyn Miller '24. The Red Knights will play at US Bank Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. against Mahtomedi. Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for students and must be purchased online at

BSM will dismiss school at 11:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 so that students, faculty, and staff can attend the game and cheer on the team. The day's special schedule will consist of 50-minute class periods (1, 3, 5, 7) with no homeroom or lunch period. Students not attending the game are welcome to stay at BSM to work on school assignments in a supervised area. 

Fan buses to the girls’ game will leave on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 11:45 a.m. from BSM. Students wishing to ride the fan bus to the game must register online using this form: 2022 State Girls’ Soccer - Fan Bus Registration. The form will close promptly on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon. Post-game buses will leave U.S. Bank Stadium 15 minutes after the game, and adults will help direct students from U.S. Bank Stadium to the bus parking location.

Update: October 24

BSM girls’ soccer is headed back to the MSHSL State Tournament after defeating Orono 6-1 to capture the Section 5AA championship on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The Red Knights competed in the state tournament last year, taking home second place. This season, the Red Knights put up an impressive 13-4-2 overall record leading up to the state tournament. 

BSM has earned the No. 4 seed in the Class AA Tournament and will open up quarterfinal action against Alexandria on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Monticello High School. Tickets must be purchased online at

As the tournament goes on, this article will be updated with additional information. 

Best of luck ladies and go Red Knights!


About Benilde-St. Margaret's School
Benilde-St. Margaret's (BSM) is a Catholic, co-educational private prep school for grades 7–12 located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, that draws its over one thousand students from throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

The mission of BSM is to educate, empower, and inspire learners within a Catholic community to lead lives of faith, achieve academic excellence, and contribute meaningfully to a global society.

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