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Tom Mix, Published October 10 2013

Bismarck edges Fargo South in ND boys soccer state tournament quarterfinals

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The final 10 minutes proved to be dramatic, but Bismarck junior midfielder Willi Ulness kept his cool.

Ulness found sophomore teammate Hunter Johnson for the game-winning goal in the Demons’ 3-2 victory over Fargo South during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota boys state soccer tournament Thursday at Rotary Field.

Bismarck (12-1-4) led 2-0 with 10 minutes left to play, but watched its lead vanish when South scored two goals in the span of two minutes.

Despite the quick two-goal swing, Ulness had a feeling the Demons would get another chance to score. But with the clock winding down, there would have to be no margin for error.

“I told Hunter (Johnson) that we can do this and we are going to do something big,” Ulness said. “I knew we were going to win it.”

Ulness, who finished the game with a goal and an assist, booted a pass to Johnson in the box. Johnson, the West Region’s top goal scorer, got his shot past South goalkeeper Gunnar Breyer with 3:33 left to play.

“I could have shot it, but he had the better chance at it so I gave it to him,” Ulness said.

The Bruins got goals from senior midfielder Garrett Kadrie and sophomore midfielder Yarkerseh Korlor. Sophomore forward Tresor Sumbwa assisted on both goals.

“We were telling the kids all along that we deserved to be here,” South head coach Dean Harshbarger said. “It was a tough one.”

Bismarck senior goalkeeper Michael Matzke left the game with an injury following South’s second goal.

“Credit to South for clawing back into it and scoring two difficult goals,” Bismarck head coach Tim Green said. “But once we calm down and get things back in order, this team has the ability to score goals.”

Johnson, who entered the tournament with 25 goals, finished with two goals. Senior midfielder Cole Olson assisted two goals for the Demons.

“It was a good result for us,” Green said. “Obviously it wasn’t the way we drew it up, but we needed a good goal from Hunter and we were able to get one.”

FIRST HALF: 1, B, Ulness, (Olson), 24:43.

SECOND HALF: 2, B, Johnson, (Olson), 66:51. 3, FS, Kadrie, (Sumbwa), 70:12. 4, Korlor, (Sumbwa), 72:13. 5, B, Johnson, (Ulness), 76:27.

SAVES: FS, Breyer 4-4–8. B, Matzke 4-5–9, Wachter x-1–1.

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