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Tom Mix and Chris Aarhus / Forum News Service, Published October 09 2013

North Dakota state boys soccer tournament preview capsules

1 p.m.

Fargo South vs. Bismarck

Fargo South

Record: 5-9-3 (East Region No. 4 seed)

Coach: Dean Hashbarger

Key players: Josh Weiler, Jr., M (five goals, six assists); Yarkerseh Korlor, Jr., M (four goals, one assist), Menkah Mendin, Fr., D (two goals), Garrett Kadrie, Sr., M (three assists); Gunnar Breyer, Sr., GK (three shutouts); Andrew Myer, Jr., GK (two shutouts).

Team facts: Fargo South finished third at the state tournament a year ago. … The Bruins are making their 17th appearance at the state tournament. … South has won six state championships, the last coming in 2009. ... The Bruins qualified for state by winning a tiebreaker with Fargo North on goal differential.

Bismarck

Record: 11-1-4 (West Region No. 1 seed)

Coach: Tim Green

Key players: Hunter Johnson, Soph., F (25 goals, one assist); Cole Olson, Sr., M (11 goals, seven assists); Willi Ulness, Jr., M (five goals, 10 assists); Cody Evanson, Jr., M (four goals, three assists); Nash Binegar, Jr., M (two goals, five assists).

Team facts: The Demons have never missed the state soccer tournament, finishing sixth last year. ... Bismarck has two state championships (1996, 1997). ... Johnson is the West Region’s leading goal scorer. ... Olson was an all-state selection last year.

3 p.m.

West Fargo vs. Bismarck St. Mary’s

West Fargo

Record: 12-4-2 (East Region No. 2 seed)

Coach: James Moe

Key players: Zuheer Al Abase, Sr., M (eight goals, eight assists); Akeem Smith, Jr., M (16 goals, five assists); Abdi Gedi, Sr., M (14 goals, 11 assists); Ben Prochniak, Jr., M (four assists); Aziz Hussein, Soph., M (two goals, two assists); Nathan Sample, Sr., GK (97 saves, 0.94 goals against average)

Team facts: West Fargo is making its 15th appearance at the state tournament. … The Packers have won one state championship (2010). … A year ago, the Packers finished fourth at the state tournament. … West Fargo posted a 3-1-0 record against West Region competition this year.

Bismarck St. Mary’s

Record: 9-4-3 (West Region No. 3 seed)

Coach: Peter Manstrom

Key players: Ben Weisbeck, Sr., F/M (24 goals, three assists); Ryan Martire, Sr., M/F (eight goals, 11 assists); Ross Kopp, Sr., M (nine goals, two assists); Nathan Vetter, Sr., M/D (three goals, nine assists); Marcus Churchill, Sr., F (five goals, one assist).

Team facts: The Saints have missed the state tournament just twice (1999, 2007). ... They’re looking for their first state title, but have finished runner-up three times (1996, 1997, 2003). ... Weisbeck was a first-team all-state selection last year and his 51 points are tied for the lead in the West Region. ... Martire was a second-team all-state selection.

5 p.m.

Fargo Shanley vs. Minot

Fargo Shanley

Record: 13-3-2 (East Region No. 1 seed)

Coach: Michael Breker

Key players: Conrad Hager, Sr., F (19 goals, 12 assists); Danny Bruckbauer, Sr., M (9 goals, 13 assists); Matt Wolbaum, Jr., D (one goal, two assists); Aaron Syvrud, Soph., M (eight goals, two assists); Austin Promersberger, Sr., D (one goal); Nick Leier, Jr., D (one assist); Parker Simonson, Soph., GK (61 saves, 11 shutouts).

Team facts: The Deacons have entered the state tournament as the East Region’s top seed the last four seasons … Shanley is making its ninth appearance at the state tournament. … A year ago, the Deacons fell 1-0 to Bismarck Century in the state championship game. … Shanley has won one state championship (2008).

Minot

Record: 7-3-5 (West Region No. 4 seed)

Coach: Cody Saunders

Key players: Ekow Annan, Jr., F (20 goals, eight assists); Jacob Schmidt, Sr., M (eight goals, 13 assists); Ryan Crabtree, Sr., M (five goals, 16 assists); Matt Oswalt, So., F/M (four goals, three assists).

Team facts: Annan was a first-team all-state selection a year ago. Teammate Ryan Crabtree made the all-tournament team. ... Minot has one state championship (2006). ... The Magicians took fifth place last year and are looking to place in the top three for the second time in school history.

7 p.m.

Fargo Davies vs. Bismarck Century

Fargo Davies

Record: 6-6-5 (East Region No. 3 seed)

Coach: Nick Christianson

Key players: Austin Peterson, Jr., M (seven goals, three assists); Hunter Brekke, Jr., M (five goals, two assists); Sam Gess, Soph., M (one goal, three assists); Spencer Lancaster, Jr., F (one goal, one assist); Robert Rapp, Sr., M (one goal, two assists); Dillon Boe, Sr., GK, (86 saves, three shutouts, 1.44 goals against average).

Team facts: In only its fourth year as a program, Davies is making its second appearance in the state tournament and first since 2011. … The Eagles qualified for state by defeating Grand Forks Central 3-0 in the regular-season finale on Oct. 2. … Davies was the only East Region team to defeat Fargo Shanley, earning a 3-1 win over the Deacons on Sept. 26.

Bismarck Century

Record: 10-2-4 (West Region No. 2 seed)

Coach: Nate Ulness

Key players: Zach Sweep, Soph., GK (seven goals allowed, 0.9114 save percentage); Brad Kelly, Sr., M (three goals, eight assists); Max Cook, So., F (six goals, 1 assist); Jacob Richter, Jr., F (four goals, four assists); Wyatt Holwagner, Jr., M (five goals).

Team facts: The Patriots have never missed the state soccer tournament. ... They’ve won three state championships including the last two (2007, 2011, 2012). They beat Shanley 1-0 in last year’s title match. ... The Patriots finished 4-1-1 against East Region teams this year. ... They’ve allowed just seven goals this entire season, notching 12 shutouts ... Sweep and forward Dominic Neameyer also plays on the football team, which is undefeated and ranked second in state. Sweep is a backup tailback while Neameyer is the placekicker. Neameyer was named to the all-state team last year.