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Chris Murphy, Published August 27 2013

Moorhead shuts out Fargo South 2-0 in boys soccer action

FARGO – The weather isn’t the only thing heating up.

The Moorhead boys soccer team remained perfect on the season with a 2-0 shutout of Fargo South on Tuesday at South.

The Spuds didn’t just have to battle the heat – with temperatures in the low 90s – to move to 3-0 on the season. But they also battled a hungry Bruins team with just one win in their first six games to open the season.

“This was a fight tonight,” Moorhead coach Lance Hansen said. “South came to play. They are a pretty athletic team. It seemed like we were a little sluggish to start, but we were able to get into some dangerous spots and finish.”

Zach Holtgrewe was the first Spuds player to get into a dangerous spot, as he was taken down inside the box, giving the Spuds a penalty kick with less than five minutes to go in the first half. Holtgrewe made Fargo South pay, blasting the ball top shelf and to the right to put Moorhead up 1-0.

Holtgrewe is part of a completely new set of starting forwards for Moorhead that is beginning to gel with a completely new set of midfielders on the starting squad.

“We’ve been playing well together,” Holtgrewe said. “Each and every day, we’re getting passes together and beginning to work together well. We’re definitely starting to gel now that we’ve been playing together. Today, it was pretty physical, but I thought we did pretty well.”

One thing Moorhead does return from the team that went to state a year ago is an experienced defense.

Will Borgen is one of those defenders. His perfect pass to Grant Krieg, who was behind the Fargo South defense, was a big reason the Spuds went up 2-0 early on in the first half. Krieg raced down the field before tapping the ball past South goalkeeper Gunnar Breyer less than nine minutes into the second half.

“Will sent the perfect ball through,” Krieg said. “It landed right on my feet, and I was able to just slide it through the keeper with the defender right next to me.”

It may be a different starting group of Spuds, but Krieg sees one big similarity.

“We had the same start last year and we went to state, so we’re all really enthusiastic this year,” Krieg said.

The loss moved Fargo South to 1-5-1 overall and 0-4-1 in their last five matches. It’s getting a little late to be thinking the season is all that early, according to Bruins coach Dean Harshbarger.

“It’s still kind of early, but we’re running out of time,” Harshbarger said. “That’s seven games out of an 18-game schedule. At this stage, I thought we would have been a little bit further along than where we’re at now. There’s some things that we do well, but we’re looking for a little more consistency. We’re thinking that one person is going to do it all for us, but one person isn’t.”

FIRST HALF: 1, M, Holtgrewe, PK, 35:29.

SECOND HALF: 2, M, Krieg (Borgen), 8:07.

SAVES: M, Schmidt 2. F, Breyer 5.

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