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Tom Mix, Published October 01 2013

Shanley tops Fargo South in EDC boys soccer

FARGO – It could have been crazier, but the East Region’s final two seeds for the North Dakota boys soccer state tournament were determined on Tuesday.

There were several scenarios in which the remaining four teams – Fargo South, Fargo North, Fargo Davies and Grand Forks Central – all had a chance to qualify, but only two could advance.

South and Davies clinched the final two spots on the final day of the regular season.

The Bruins lost their home finale against East Region-top seeded Fargo Shanley 4-1, which tied them with North – who defeated Grand Forks Red River 2-0 on Tuesday – in the conference standings. A tiebreaker between the two teams went to the second criteria of goal differential between the two teams’ two regular season meetings.

South (5-9-3, 4-6-2 EDC) defeated North by two goals in one match and lost by one goal in the other giving it a plus-1 in goal differential. North’s goal differential was minus-1, giving South the No. 4 seed in next week’s state tournament in Jamestown.

“It is really a different team,” South head coach Dean Hashbarger said. “We are such a young team. To bring all these kids together and grow as we have has been an amazing thing to watch. At the beginning of the year I wasn’t sure we would get to this point.”

“Our goal was to make it to state and we did that,” South junior midfielder Josh Weiler added. “Now we can see what we can do from here.”

Davies entered the night tied with Central with nine points, one point behind South, in the EDC standings. The Eagles (6-6-5, 4-5-3) defeated the Knights 3-0 on Tuesday and hold the No. 3 seed. Shanley and West Fargo clinched state tournament berths last week.

South fell behind the Deacons 2-0 early. Conrad Hager and Jake Reinholz each score first-half goals for the Deacons (13-3-2, 10-1-1).

South cut the Deacons lead in half when freshman defender Menkah Mendin scored a goal with 12 minutes, 5 second left to play in the second half.

Shanley fired right back with goals from Hager and Danny Bruckbauer to seal the victory.

“We haven’t been playing well on grass so we challenged ourselves to end the year with a good result on grass and not just eke a win out,” Shanley head coach Michael Breker said. “When South made it 2-1, the guys rose to the challenge and ended up scoring two more goals, which is something you don’t see too often from us on grass.”

FIRST HALF: 1, S, Hager, 19:39. 2, S, Reinholz, 23:09.

SECOND HALF: 3, FS, Mendin, (Weiler), 67:55. 4, S, Hager, (Reinholz), 75:19. 5, S, Bruckbauer, 79:18.

SAVES: S, Simonson 6-5–11. FS, Breyer 5-3–8.

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