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Tom Mix, Published August 17 2012

Fargo South and Shanley play to 1-1 tie in EDC boys soccer opener

FARGO – The Eastern Dakota Conference boys soccer season kicked off Friday night. And after the first second ticked off the game clock, it was in full gear.

Play between Fargo Shanley and Fargo South was a fast, physical contest that ended in a 1-1 tie at Fargo South High School.

It was an early start to conference play for both the Deacons and the Bruins. The opener was hyped by players from both squads on social media this summer.

“I thought we played really well,” South’s Isaac Kehson said. “For three years now, we haven’t been able to score any goals on (Shanley) … They are really good and a strong, aggressive team.”

Shanley junior forward Connor Dunn scored the first goal, knocking a ball past South goalkeeper Carter Schweitzer in the 29th minute.

Minutes later, Kehson pushed a ball up field on a breakaway and fired a shot beyond the reach of Shanley goalkeeper Ben Glogoza.

The score remained 1-1 the rest of the match, but there were plenty of fireworks in the second half.

Kehson had several breakaways that the Deacons defense was able to thwart.

“I have played with Isaac before, but I have never played against him,” said Glogoza, who played on a men’s league team with Kehson this summer. “It was different playing against him. He is really fast. I knew what he was bringing, but I wasn’t ready to face it right away. We handled it pretty well though.”

The high-paced action and tight match led to several collisions. There was a combined three yellow cards issued between the two teams in the second half.

“You have to be physical with a team like that,” Shanley head coach Michael Breker said. “They are fast everywhere. … It could have been worse. We certainly could have played better. They had more opportunities than we had, but it is one of those situations where normally we don’t have a conference game until after that first crossover tournament.”

The East-West crossover tournament is set for today in Jamestown, N.D.

“I thought it was a really good first game,” South head coach Dean Hashbarger said. “We played exceptional at times, and at other times we got a little nervous out there. Once we put the ball out on the field and played feet to feet, we played well.”

Shanley was 2-0 against South last season.

“We were going to give this one all we got,” Kehson said. “This was the first game. If we win it, it would set us up for the beginning of the season.”

“We wanted to win, but as the game went on we tied. We will take it.”

Glogoza finished the game with nine saves. Schweitzer posted six saves in net for the Bruins.

FIRST HALF: 1, S, Dunn, (Wolbaum, Anderson), 29:09. 2, FS, Kehson, 34:45.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.

SAVES: S, Glogoza 9. FS, Schweitzer, 6.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562