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Published October 15 2011

St. Mary’s stops Shanley for third place at boys soccer tourney

MANDAN, N.D. – Andrew Thorson scored in the 101st minute to lift Bismarck

St. Mary’s to a 1-0 double-overtime victory against Fargo Shanley in the third-place game of the North Dakota state boys soccer tournament Saturday at Dacotah Centennial Park.

“We would have rather have been in that championship game, but it’s definitely a great way to go out,” Thorson said. “It felt good to beat them and get that third-place trophy.”

Both teams had opportunities throughout regulation and the first 10-minute overtime period.

However, St. Mary’s keeper Matt Cleary and Deacons keeper Ben Glogoza made sure the game remained scoreless with several tough saves.

Glogoza finished with seven stops, Cleary had eight saves.

Cleary did not face a shot on goal after regulation. Glogoza made three saves in overtime.

But he couldn’t get to Thorson’s drive with 8:14 remaining in the second overtime period.

The third-place finish is St. Mary’s best since the program earned third in 2004. The Saints have never won a state championship.

Shanley earns fourth after entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed from the Eastern Dakota Conference.

FIRST HALF: No scoring.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.


SECOND OVERTIME: 1, Thorson (Neff), 101st minute.

SAVES: BSM, Cleary 8. Sh, Glogoza 7.

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