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Chris Murphy, Published September 12 2013

Fargo Davies hands Moorhead its first loss on the season in boys soccer in OT

MOORHEAD – It’s safe to say Fargo Davies midfielder Sam Gess won’t lose sleep over making the Moorhead’s boys soccer team mad. His 30-yard bomb into the back of the net in the first overtime gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead it would not relinquish and handed the Spuds their first loss of the season.

And it was his pleasure.

“It was kind of a blur,” Gess said. “It was a deflection off a shot, and I just shot it and it went in. They were pretty mad about that, and it made us even more happy.”

Gess’ shot was the only shot between both teams in the two five-minute overtimes and he made it count. It would not have been possible without keeper Dillion Boe stopping a penalty kick midway through the second half with some inside information from teammate Aaron Beyer.

Just less than 20 minutes into the second half, Hunter Brekke tied the game 1-1 for Fargo Davies on a free kick just outside the box. Less than a minute later, Moorhead midfielder Justin Froslie was taken down in the box and given a penalty kick. He fired low and to the right, and Boe knew that is exactly what he was going to do.

“I had a lot of players that played club soccer with (Froslie,) and I asked Aaron Beyer which way he was going to go,” Boe said. “He told me he kicks it to the right every single time. So I just trusted my teammate.”

It was a tale of two halves in regulation for Davies

(2-4-4). The Eagles put a shot on net in the first minute of the game but didn’t get a shot on goal the rest of the half.

Moorhead’s Anthony Juven found Zach Holtgrewe, who made two Eagles defenders miss and blasted the ball into the back of the net to give the Spuds a 1-0 lead with 23 minutes, 20 seconds left in the half. The Spuds outshot the Eagles 10-1, and it looked like the one goal was more than enough for a Spuds defense that had the second-best goals-against average in Minnesota Class 2A in their six matches coming into the game at 0.3.

The second half was a different story.

“We just had to step up, and we had to start playing,” Davies coach Nick Christianson said. “When we keep the ball in our offensive zone, we can be the dangerous team. They took it to heart, and they definitely did that.”

Davies outshot Moorhead 6-4 in the second half, and four of those shots required saves from Moorhead keeper Alex Schmidt.

“We’ve had some tough ties and some tough losses this year,” Christianson said. “This is validation for the guys and hopefully this is our turning point.”

Moorhead (6-1-0) will be looking to bounce back.

“We were undefeated and we were in cruise control,” Moorhead coach Lance Hansen said. “We’d been taking winning for granting. Today we got exposed by a very patient team. We realize there’s a lot of things to work on, and sometimes you need a loss to give you that gut check.”

FIRST HALF: 1, M, Holtgrewe (Juven), 16:40.

SECOND HALF: 2, F, Brekke, 19:10.

FIRST OVERTIME: 3, F, Gess, 3:49.

SECOND OVERTIME: no scoring.

SAVES: M, Schmidt 5. F, Boe 7.

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