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Published October 14 2010

Clark: Spuds coach delighted by her team's No. 2 seed

A few days ago, Nicole Wiesner was more like a math teacher than a coach.

The Moorhead girls soccer coach spent the last few days trying to figure where her team would be seeded in the section tournament.

On Wednesday, she learned Moorhead snagged the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.

That made Wiesner arguably the happiest person in Fargo-Moorhead.

“It’s awesome,” she said about getting the No 2 seed. “It was a surprise to me that we got the No. 2 seed.”

It’s not that Wiesner didn’t have faith. It’s just that her section was really muddy this year.

The six-team section featured a case where everybody beat everybody, making it hard to determine a true favorite.

For example, Elk River is the No. 1 seed. But it lost earlier in the year to Buffalo, a No. 5 seed.

The way seedings are determined for boys and girls is this:

E Each coach in the section ranks teams 1-5 and cannot vote for their own team.

E Then there are other things they take into account like margin of victory, goals scored, etc.

Ergo, Moorhead was voted the No. 2 seed meaning it faces the winner of St. Michael-Albertville and St. Cloud Tech.

Those are two teams Moorhead has defeated this season.

“We know what we’re up against,” Wiesner said. “You know what you can expect from people in our section, except Buffalo because we have not played them.”

Speaking of unexpected, there’s a little bit of uncertainty regarding the Moorhead boys soccer team.

The boys, which play in a seven-team district, were given the No. 2 seed and host Zimmerman at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Moorhead has not played Zimmerman this season.

If the boys team wins, it means they’d have a home game at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Here’s the problem with that: Both teams play at Horizon Middle School, and it is also the same time as the girls game.

“It’ll be interesting to see how it works out,” Wiesner said of the scheduling. “I’m not sure how we’ll do things, but we’ll figure something out.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548