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Eric Peterson, Published October 11 2012

Century beats Central to make state semifinals

FARGO – A play from an unexpected source helped Bismarck Century earn the expected result Thursday at Sid Cichy Stadium.

Sophomore Jacob Richter scored the go-ahead goal late in the first half to help spark the Patriots to a 3-1 victory against Grand Forks Central in the first round of the North Dakota state boys soccer tournament.

The top seed from the West Region, Century (13-2-1) advanced to the state semifinals.

“That’s huge and it’s huge for Richter because he’s been trying to get a goal like that and he scores a big one as a sophomore,” Century head coach Nate Ulness said. “That’s huge for a confidence boost for him. … His eyes just lit up when he got it. It was fun to see.”

Richter had scored one goal heading into the state tournament.

“I had to pinch myself to feel it was real,” Richter said. “I didn’t really think it was happening right there.”

The No. 4 seed from the East, Central (6-12-2) looked like it would go into halftime tied with Century. Knights sophomore forward Hartrick Tarr scored at 35 minutes, 11 seconds to make it a 1-1 score. On the play, Tarr played the ball out of midair and clanged it off the post and into the net.

“Fantastic hit on Hartrick’s part,” Central coach George DuBois said. “It was a great boost for us to go and get that equalizer and build the confidence to go forward.”

About four minutes later, however, Richter put the Patriots into the lead for good. Century midfielder Brad Kelly set up the play with a slick through ball that freed up Richter beyond the Central defense.

Richter then chipped the ball past the Knights goalkeeper and into the net.

“It’s how quick the game can change,” DuBois said. “Psychologically, that put a dent in us a little bit. It’s different being tied at half against the No.1 seed and being down a goal.”

Senior midfielder Hunter Huff Towle scored midway through the second half that gave the Patriots a 3-1 lead.

“All three goals were great from our players,” Ulness said. “It was great to see a different name on all the goals, too.”

DuBois liked the way his team played against the higher-seeded Patriots.

“Credit to these kids,” DuBois said. “They’ve played well down the stretch. I’m proud of what they did today. They played well. Century is a heck of a team.”

FIRST HALF: 1, BC, Rauhauser (Eckroth) 14:54. 2, GFC, Tarr (Kramer) 35:11. 3, BC, Richter (Kelly) 39:21.

SECOND HALF: 4, BC, Huff Towle (Hanson) 60:38.

SAVES: GFC, Dachtler 5. BC, Buchholz 4.

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