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Tom Mix, Published October 12 2012

Bismarck converts on free kick to defeat Bismarck St. Mary's in boys soccer

FARGO – An indirect free kick in the box helped Bismarck seal a 1-0 win over Bismarck St. Mary’s on Friday at Sid Cichy Stadium.

Cole Olson converted on the kick for a goal in the 73rd minute of the consolation semifinal match at the North Dakota state boys soccer tournament. The kick required a holder due to high winds. Cody Evanson played a short kick to Olson, who fired a shot that got past St. Mary’s goalkeeper Tom Gilchrist.

Bismarck advances to play Minot in the fifth-place game at 11 a.m. today.

“You never know what is going to happen with two teams that lost the previous match,” Bismarck head coach Tim Green said. “I’m pleased with the way we played. St. Mary’s played tough as well. We just were one goal better.”

Todd Kessler finished with four saves for the Demons (10-5-2). St. Mary’s finishes the season 9-9-2.

FIRST HALF: No scoring.

SECOND HALF: 1, B, Olson, (Evanson), 73:57 (fk).

SAVES: BSM, Gilchrist 16. B, Kessler 4.

Minot 3,

Grand Forks Central 0

P.K. Annan scored a hat trick to help Minot to a 3-0 win over Grand Forks Central in the consolation semifinals.

Annan got the Magicians (13-5-2) on the scoreboard in the 31st minute.

The senior forward scored his second goal with 2 seconds left in the first half. He took a pass from his younger brother Ekow Annan and booted a shot past Central goalkeeper Caleb Dachtler.

“P.K. stepped up for us,” Minot head coach Cody Saunders said. “He is just that kind of a guy.”

Annan kicked in a corner kick attempt by teammate Ryan Crabtree for his third goal.

“He has been haunting us for three years now,” Grand Forks Central head coach George DuBois said of Annan. “He is tough to stop and works well with his brother.”

“It is tough to lose a match and come back the next day and play hard,” Saunders said. “It was great to see the team play for themselves and the fans.”

Central finishes the season 6-13-2.

FIRST HALF: 1, M, P. Annan, (Negron), 31:10. 2, M, P. Annan, (E. Annan), 39:58.

SECOND HALF: 3, M, P. Annan, (R. Crabtree), 48:52.

SAVES: GFC, Dachtler 6. M, Weishaar 5.

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Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562