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Published October 20 2010

Boys soccer: First-half blitz, Spuds nail three early goals, shut out Fergus

Forget any close, one-goal games or overtime.

This was over pretty quickly.

The Moorhead boys soccer team used a three-goal, first-half blitz and cruised to a 5-0 victory over Fergus Falls in the Class 2A, Section 8 semifinals Tuesday.

Moorhead advances to the sectional finals for the third time in four years.

“You never know when you will get back there,” said Moorhead coach Lance Hansen. “This is my third time in the sectional final and I haven’t won one yet. I hope this is the charm.”

Hansen and Moorhead (10-4-3) will face Elk River at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Cloud State.

Elk River, which upset No. 1 seed Brainerd, is an opponent the Spuds know extremely well. They’ve eliminated Moorhead the last two seasons.

Perhaps things might be different this postseason. That was the case in Moorhead’s first half against Fergus Falls.

Moorhead beat Fergus Falls in the second round last year in a shootout.

Fergus Falls (11-6-1) beat Moorhead 1-0 earlier in the season.

The Spuds’ Isaac Borgen scored three minutes into the game to make sure there was one goal on the board.

Junior Terry Leabo followed suit by scoring three minutes later for a 2-0 lead.

“I didn’t see myself scoring as early as I did, but I’m glad I did,” Borgen said. “We just kept scoring goals and we were just playing one of our best games. We really wanted to beat this team and we needed to win.”

The whole game, specifically the first half, was the strongest performance Moorhead had all season.

Moorhead’s offense was fluidly creating chances while the defense battled for every ball.

Another thing that made Moorhead so impressive was leading scorer Noah Julin only touched the ball twice through the first 25 minutes.

By the 30th minute, Julin go the ball and scored his 15th goal of the season for a 3-0.

Though Julin scored a goal, it was midfielder Taylor Colby that controlled the game.

If Julin is Moorhead’s greatest scoring threat, Colby might be its greatest playmaker.

He set up Borgen’s goal, directed traffic on other goals before scoring on a second half penalty kick for a 4-0 lead.

“We had it going and we just tried to keep it going,” Colby said. “I already knew we were up, but I knew I needed to make it.”

FIRST HALF: 1. M, Borgen (Colby), 2:06. 2. M, Leabo, 6:30. 3. M, Julin (Olson), 26:51.

SECOND HALF: 4. M, Colby (PK), 72:00. 5. M, Johnson (Leier), 74:05.

SAVES: M, Seaver 6. F, Briese 6.

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