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Eric Peterson, Published October 12 2012

Shanley wins shootout over Fargo South in state boys soccer semifinals

FARGO – A.J. Jacobson is used to stepping to the line with the outcome at stake, but it’s usually on the basketball court.

On Friday, the Fargo Shanley senior delivered on the soccer pitch.

Jacobson scored the clinching goal in a shootout, lifting the Deacons to a 2-1 victory against Fargo South in the North Dakota state boys soccer semifinals at Sid Cichy Stadium.

“There are a lot of similarities between a free throw and a PK at the end of the game,” said Jacobson, who has committed to play men’s basketball at North Dakota State. “You are up there by yourself. You kind of just do your thing … do like you’ve been doing in practice.”

Shanley (16-1-1) advances to today’s state championship match after losing in the state semifinals each of the past two seasons. The Deacons have a 16-match winning streak and haven’t lost to a North Dakota opponent this season.

“I was in awe,” Jacobson said. “After two years of losing in the semifinals, it was our goal to get past this game and just let (today) come and see what happens.”

South (12-4-3) missed a chance to reach its first championship match since 2009. The Bruins won the state title that season.

“You look at our seniors, it showed how much they cared and it shows how much they bought into what we were doing,” Bruins head coach Dean Hashbarger said. “It hurts. There is no getting around it. We thought we could win this game.”

The postgame handshake was an emotional scene. Senior midfielder Jacob Weiler was the first through the line for South and hugged a number of the Shanley players.

“That’s the third time we’ve played them this year and every game has been a nail-biter,” said Shanley head coach Michael Breker, whose team tied and defeated the Bruins during the regular season. The teams played to a 1-1 tie to open the season on Aug. 17. Shanley earned a 3-1 win against South on Oct. 2.

Shanley senior goalkeeper Ben Glogoza faced four players during the shootout and made two saves, while another South player hit the crossbar with his shot. Junior midfielder Yajuamungu Kiromba was the only South player to score during the shootout.

“It’s all in your head,” Glogoza said. “You have to go to your special place, focus on what you have to do on the next shot. There is a little guessing. There is no exact science.”

Shanley missed on the first shootout kick before Daniel Bruckbauer and Shane DuBord were successful on their attempts. That set the stage for Jacobson, who was the fourth of a scheduled five shooters for Shanley. Jacobson fired the ball past a diving goalkeeper to give the Deacons a 3-1 edge in the shootout. That was the clincher, so there was need for the fifth shooters.

After Jacobson’s ball found the net, it set off a spirited Shanley celebration.

“I just wanted to hug (Jacobson),” Glogoza said. “I just wanted to get with my team I was so happy.”

A driving wind played a major factor throughout the game. South had the wind at its back in the first half when it scored its goal, which senior Isaac Kehson scored. The Deacons scored their goal in the second half – with the wind at their backs – thanks to a rebound score off senior Matt Fulks’ foot.

“That wind was such a difference maker,” Hashbarger said. “We played well. I couldn’t ask for much more from them.”

FIRST HALF: 1, FS, Kehson (Kargbo) 37:08.

SECOND HALF: 2, SH, Fulks 51:54.



SHOOTOUT: South (Kiromba), Shanley (Bruckbauer, DuBord, Jacobson).

SAVES: FS, Schweitzer 13. SH, Glogoza 8.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com