Heath Hotzler, Published October 17 2009
ND state boys soccer: Fargo South advances to state final
The Bruins scored a pair of dominant victories Friday to reach the finals of the North Dakota state boys soccer tournament at Sid Cichy Stadium. South beat Mandan 6-0 in the first round, and knocked off Bismarck-St. Mary’s 6-1 in the semifinals.
South, which was ousted in the semifinals of last year’s state tourney despite holding the No. 1 seed from the East Region, will face Bismarck Century at 5 p.m. for its first state title since 2004.
“We’ve got some really skillful players,” said South coach Dean Hashbarger, whose team has failed to reach the finals as the No. 1 seed the last three seasons. “We can put the ball on the floor and just play these little touch passes and it opens things up for us offensively. I think we’re so focused on what we want to do this weekend that those things are just automatic for them and it really shows well.”
South reached its first final since 2005 with near-flawless precision on both sides of the field.
The Bruins’ team speed and precise passes prevented their opponents from mounting much of an offensive attack.
In the semifinals, South spent much of the game setting up in its own offensive zone.
Senior midfielder Shawn Kahler scored a pair of goals in the opening 16 minutes to put the Bruins ahead 2-0 against the Saints, who advanced with a 2-1 shootout win against West Fargo in the first round of the tournament earlier in the day.
South, a 6-0 winner against Mandan in the first round, scored five unanswered goals to open the semifinal.
The Saints’ lone goal came on a free kick from about 30 yards out by Tanner Hersch.
Senior forward Tutey Gaylah finished scored five goals in the two games to lead South.
Ryan Bucholz scored with 4 minutes, 56 seconds remaining in the second overtime against rival Bismarck to lift Century into the finals.
Bucholz tied the game at 1-1 less than a minute after Bismarck took the lead early in the first half.
“It was huge,” said Bucholz, whose team defeated the Demons 4-0 in the last meeting between the teams. “We’re all excited to go to the championship. I know everybody wanted it. I think that’s what carried us over the top.”
Fargo South 6, Bismarck-St. Mary’s 1
FIRST HALF: 1, FS, Kahler (unassisted), 14th minute. 2, FS, Kahler (unassisted), 16th (pk). 3, FS, Gaylah (Lystad), 33rd.
SECOND HALF: 4, FS, Keim (Orson), 42nd. 5, FS, Levich (Kahler), 47th. 6, BSM, Hersch (unassisted), 53rd. 7, FS, Gaylah (Weiler), 57th.
SAVES: FS, Crawford 3. BSM, Kenner 9.
Bismarck Century 2, Bismarck 1 (2 ot)
FIRST HALF: 1, B, Binegar (Garcia), 13th minute. 2, BC, Bucholz (Marcis), 14th.
SECOND HALF: No scoring.
FIRST OVERTIME: No scoring.
SECOND OVERTIME: 3, BC, Bucholz (Anderson), 95th.
SAVES: B, Kessler 12. BC, Frenzel 4.
Bismarck 3, Grand Forks Central 0
FIRST HALF: 1, B, M. Kessler (Garcia), 30th minute.
SECOND HALF:2, B, Tardif (Rasidovic), 42nd. 3, B, Tardif (Ballentyne), 72nd.
SAVES: B, T. Kessler 4. GFC, Cano 9.
Bismarck Century 2, Fargo Shanley 1
FIRST HALF: No scoring.
SECOND HALF: 1, FS, M. Glogoza (Lancaster), 46th minute. 2, BC, Ledger (Gartner), 62nd. 3, BC, Anderson (Bucholtz), 75th.
SAVES: FS, B. Glogoza 11. BC, Frenzel 4.
Fargo South 6, Mandan 0
FIRST HALF: 1, FS, Keim (Orson), 19th minute. 2, FS, Gaylah (Roesler), 29th. 3, Gaylah (Schuman), 38th.
SECOND HALF: 4, FS, Keim (Thomas), 52nd. 5, FS, Orson (Keim), 58th. 6, FS, Gaylah (Kweku), 79th.
SAVES: FS, Bergseth 0. M, Tischmak 7, Berger 6.
Bismarck-St. Mary’s 2, West Fargo 1 (shootout)
FIRST HALF: 1, BSM, Eckroth (Stecher), 30:00.
SECOND HALF: 2, WF, Hoy (Duncan), 52:00.
FIRST OVERTIME: No scoring.
SECOND OVERTIME: No scoring.
PENALTY KICK: St. Mary’s 3, West Fargo 1.
SAVES: BSM, Kehner 8. WF, Schmid 11.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562