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Bismarck advances to soccer semifinals

11/20/15 (Fri)


Bismarck got the upper hand by scoring into the wind in the first half of Thursday’s quarterfinal game with Grand Forks Red River at the state soccer tournament. That proved to be just the tonic the Demons needed as they emerged with a 3-0 victory.

Andy Foss, he Bismarck head coach, said his team’s ability to score first into a 26 mph wind clearly had an impact on the match.

“That was big. … Getting a goal going into the wind gave us a momentum boost going into the second half and we carried that momentum into the second half,” Foss said.

Bismarck senior Hunter Johnson broke the scoring ice, blowing a high shot past Red River goalkeeper Jaden Holt at the 26:44 mark.

Red River built a 12-5 advantage in shots on net in the first 40 minutes, but keeper Derek Wachter stood fast.

Bismarck put the game away with two goals in a seven-minute span in the second period.

Senior midfielder Michael Hertz took a feed from Johnson and broke in from right wing to score from short range at 44:33 to give BHS a 2-0 lead. Senior defender Brock Muth made it 3-0 at 51:31, converting a rebound in the wake of a BHS shot that caromed off the crossbar.

Red River defeated Bismarck 2-1 in September, and Roughriders coach Luke Glasoe said that outcome probably gave a better indication of how well-matched the two teams are.

“We made some mistakes today that really cost us. There are a couple of plays that I’d gladly take back,” Glasoe said. “I don’t think a 3-0 game is indicative of the caliber of team we are.”

Bismarck moves into today’s 4:30 p.m. semifinal along with Fargo South, a 3-0 quarterfinal winner over Century. Red River takes on Century in a noon consolation contest.

 

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