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Tom Mix, Published October 11 2012

Fargo South advances to state semifinals with win over Bismarck in boys soccer

FARGO – Fargo South’s Jacob Weiler isn’t a stranger to lining up for penalty kicks at the North Dakota state boys soccer tournament.

The senior midfielder is now 2-for-2 in postseason penalty kicks after getting one past Bismarck goalkeeper Todd Kessler in South’s 2-1 win during the quarterfinals on Thursday at Sid Cichy Stadium.

Weiler’s first came in a consolation semifinal win over Minot last fall.

“It was definitely nerve-wracking,” Weiler said of his attempt. “I had one last year at the state tournament and put that one away. That gave me a little bit of confidence to go into this one. We have been working on them this week and that helps.”

The Bruins (12-3-3) were awarded the opportunity after a hand ball was called on a South corner kick with 1 minute, 40 seconds remaining in the first half.”

There was no debate who would take the kick.

“Usually Jacob takes them,” South head coach Dean Hashbarger said. “He is just about as automatic as you can get.”

Weiler declined to comment on his go-to spot that he targets on his penalty kicks, but knew it would be a challenge to rocket one past Kessler.

“The goalkeeper was really tall and I knew I needed to smash it,” said Weiler, who has 13 goals this season. “It went relatively right down the middle.”

It was slow going for the Bruins in the opening minutes.

The Demons (9-5-2) scored first when junior midfielder Cole Olson found sophomore midfielder Willi Ulness for a goal.

Down 1-0, South answered when Weiler tapped a pass to senior forward Isaac Kehson, who found the back of the net.

“I think we have to give up a goal first,” Hashbarger said. “It seems like that is the way it is. We start out a little slow and then we do find our rhythm. We get going and then play well.”

Both of the Bruins’ goals came when it had the wind with them.

“Soccer is a lot about rhythm,” Bismarck head coach Tim Green said. “They had it going. The wind really picked them up and I thought that early goal would help us survive the half. I thought if we could get out of that half only down a goal we would have our chances and we did. You can’t play well for 15 minutes and expect to win.”

South’s victory sets up a semifinals matchup with Fargo Shanley, which defeated the Bruins once this fall and tied in the other match.

FIRST HALF: 1, B, Ulness, (Olson), 15:31. 2, FS, Kehson, (Ja. Weiler), 35:05. 3, FS, Ja. Weiler, 38:20 (pk).

SECOND HALF: No scoring.

SAVES: FS, Schweitzer 8, B, Kessler 11.

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Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562