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Sunday, October 14, 2012

2012 ND State Soccer Champions

Finally a beautiful day at Sid Cichy Field in Fargo. Wind was 8 mph out of the north instead of 28 out of the south (like Friday).

Shanley and Century had not met since the  2010 East-West Classic in Jamestown when Shanley prevailed 2-1. I honestly don't think they knew what was coming because Century playing hard (but clean) completely dominated play. The Shanley (Mr. 22 goals) All-Stater Conrad Hager had 2 shots, one of which was a free kick off the crossbar. Shanley started flopping right off of the first whistle and the referee gave them the first 5-6 and then realized when a Century player got rocked they just got up and kept playing while the Shanley guys laid on the turf writhing in pain until the whistle blew. Needless to say, there were very few fouls called after about 30 minutes in. The other interesting stat would be the 7 yellow cards issued to Century while none went to Shanley.

Despite that imbalance Century just kept pushing the ball up the field, playing a very Barcelona-like possession game and taking pretty good shots when the opportunity arose. The coaches went pretty much with the starters so Hunter played forward for about 10 minutes in the first half, and then split time in the back and the middle in the 2nd half, filling in when his friend Mason K went down with an ankle injury.

After 80 minutes of Shanley poor sportsmanship on and off their home field, Century Patriots prevail at repeat State Champions by the score of 1-0 which sounds much closer than it really was.

I will try and add some pictures when we get them downloaded.

It was a great end to Hunter's soccer career, celebrating with his teammates, his high school career now including 2 State Championships and 2 State Runners-up. We are so proud of all his accomplishments- can't imagine what more you could ask of a fine young man.

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