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Jason Miller / sports@forumcomm.com, Published September 13 2012

Moorhead, Fargo South play to a tie in boys soccer

MOORHEAD – As far as sporting events with a total lack of scoring go, Moorhead’s boys soccer game against Fargo South on Thursday night was about as intense as it gets.

The metro rivals battled back and forth at the Horizon Middle School field, but neither team could score as they dueled to a 0-0 tie.

“It was well played,” said South head coach Dean Hashbarger. “We had some good opportunities, they had some good opportunities.”

Both teams entered the game unbeaten and left the field unbeaten. It was a classic Spuds-Bruins matchup.

“Even though this is not a section game, Fargo South and our guys have always been pretty tight over the years,” said Moorhead coach Lance Hansen. “The history of the rivalry has been wonderful.”

The game was chippy at times, especially at the end of regulation. A Moorhead player was given a red card for arguing with an official and the Spuds had to play in overtime a man down.

But South couldn’t capitalize on the advantage.

The intensity was evident throughout. Each team looked like they wanted to win this game as badly as the Spuds hockey team would want to take down Roseau or the Fargo South football team would want to defeat Fargo North.

“I think a lot of these kids know each other,” said Hashbarger, noting how many of the players from both teams play together during the summer. “It’s still Fargo and Moorhead.”

Moorhead had a great opportunity to score late in the first half, but Gabe Roach’s shot just missed wide left.

South’s best chance for a point came midway through the second half, but Moorhead goalkeeper Tanner Swenson got the Spuds out of trouble with a great sliding save.

Other opportunities to score were few and far between as both teams played stellar defense throughout.

“It’s the one thing that’s been a constant for us all year long,” Hashbarger said.

“I was very pleased with the play of our defense,” Hansen said. “Our outside defenders did a good job of standing them up.”

The Bruins are now 8-0-3 overall, while Moorhead is 6-0-1. Both coaches left the field content with the tie.

“I think for any team to lose that game, it would have been a disappointment,” Hansen said.

FIRST HALF: No scoring.

SECOND HALF: No scoring.

OVERTIME: No scoring.

SAVES: FS, Schweitzer 5. M, Swenson 4.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jason Miller at (701) 241-5549