2013 ND boys soccer state tournament preview capsules

MATCH 1 – 1 P.M.

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.

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.

MATCH 2 – 3 P.M.

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.

MATCH 3 – 5 P.M.

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.

MATCH 4 – 7 P.M.

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.

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.

Compiled by Tom Mix and Chris Aarhus / Forum News Service

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