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Chris Murphy, Published August 16 2013

Fargo Shanley shuts out Fargo South to open boys soccer season

FARGO – Fargo Shanley midfielder Danny Bruckbauer keeps it pretty simple when there’s nothing between him and the goal, except for some field and the keeper.

“Just pick a corner and hope it goes in,” Bruckbauer said.

Conrad Hager found a streaking Bruckbauer midway through the first half behind the Fargo South defense. Bruckbauer picked the right corner and it went in to notch the first goal of the boys soccer season en route to a 2-0 win over Eastern Dakota Conference rival Fargo South Friday at Sid Cichy Stadium.

“We lost a lot of players last year,” Bruckbauer said. “We were a little nervous coming in. We’re hoping we can be as good of a team as last year. Beating this team is definitely a confidence boost.”

Bruckbauer returned the favor midway through the second half, finding Jake Reinholz behind the South defense and he decided to go left corner. Reinholz raced down the field, shot left and it was 2-0 Shanley.

“I got a great ball from Danny,” Reinholz said. “All I had to do was put it in. This was our first conference game, so we had to play hard. It wasn’t a little jamboree game or anything. We possessed the ball pretty well and I think we played pretty well overall.”

Shanley didn’t allow much in the second half, as South only put three shots on goal, none of which were too difficult on keeper Parker Simonson. Simonson stopped the only ball that found him with ease, for one of his three saves of the game.

“We wanted to play a clean game and follow a game plan and for the most part we did that,” Shanley coach Michael Breker said. “For the first game of the season, not knowing what you’re going to get, I think we played pretty darn well. We want to clean up some things defensively and, offensively, we have a lot of good finishers on this team. I’m confident, next time we come out, we’ll shake off the rust and finish those shots for sure.”

South was outshot 8-2 in the first half and were lucky to be only down a goal, but the Shanley defense created a harsh night of learning for the Bruins.

“We learned we aren’t as good as we thought we were,” South coach Dean Hashbarger said. “We’re not in the shape that we should be in. We need to do a better job possessing the ball and making runs off the ball. We would get the ball down and everybody would stop and they would come like a thundering herd and take it away from us. We need to get our movement down.”

FIRST HALF: 1, Shanley, Bruckbauer (Hager), 21:45. SECOND HALF: 2, Shanley, Reinholz (Bruckbauer), 23:41. SAVES: South, Breyer 4. Shanley, Simonson 3.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Chris Murphy at (701) 241-5548