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Jason Miller, Published September 11 2012

Packers shut out Fargo Davies in boys soccer

FARGO – The “Star-Spangled Banner” was sung at halftime due to a slight technical difficulty during Tuesday night’s high school boys soccer game at Fargo Davies.

The Eagles had similar difficulty finishing off scoring opportunities in their 2-0 loss to West Fargo on a beautiful fall night under the lights while the American flag flew at half-staff in remembrance of 9/11.

“The whole game we played exactly the way we needed to play,” said Davies head coach Nick Christianson.

But putting the ball in goal was the problem as Davies had multiple scoring chances early in the game.

The Eagles missed on back-to-back opportunities during the eighth minute when a chance from close range was turned away, followed by another opportunity on the ensuing corner kick missing from up point-blank range.

Later in the first half, Spencer Lancaster’s shot missed just over the top of the crossbar. Less than a minute later, West Fargo goalkeeper Nathan Sample made a nice save on another Lancaster attempt.

“We had golden opportunities,” Christianson said.

West Fargo opened the scoring on senior Brady Rotert’s goal in the 39th minute. Rotert unleashed a hard shot from 30 yards out in the center of the field that scooted past the legs of Davies goalkeeper Gabe Wilberschied.

“I just kind of saw an opening and thought, why not take the shot,” Rotert said. “I’m more looking to set people up.”

It was Rotert’s first goal of the season and it was all the Packers (5-2-1 overall, 5-1-1 EDC) needed.

Davies (1-4-3, 1-4-1) had a good chance to tie about 12 minutes into the second half when Jerrod McPherson got loose on the left side. But his shot missed just left.

“They made us work hard,” West Fargo coach Doug Millar said. “I think Davies was a little bit more intense than we were.”

Packers senior Lucas Miller scored his team’s goal in the 78th minute. It was assisted by Kory Wolden. West Fargo goalkeeper Nathan Sample was stellar, stopping all six shots he faced.

“Our keeper played great,” Millar said.

Christianson, meanwhile, knows his Davies team is close to breaking through.

“We’re playing extremely well … It’s just that next little step,” he said.

FIRST HALF: 1, WF, Rotert, 38:30.

SECOND HALF: 2, WF, Miller (Wolden), 78:44.

SAVES: WF, Sample 6. FD, Wilberschied 7.