Century surged to the top of the West Region soccer standings Tuesday night.
Justin Weigel's second-half goal was the difference in the Patriots' 1-0 win over Bismarck.
"Bismarck played phenomenal tonight. They deserved to win probably as much as we did, if not more," said Century Ryan Okerson. "It was two really good teams playing a very competitive, tightly-contested match.
"We're really proud of our kids to find a way to come out on top."
The lone goal came when Weigel buried a pass from Jackson Hopfauf.
"We were fortunate to be able to find the back of the net and they were not," Okerson said. "Our back line played phenomenal. They cleared a couple of balls when they were pressing.
"I thought our midfielders played really well too."
Austin Underhill kept the sheet clean for the Patriots.
"Austin made a brilliant save in the first half and he came out in the second half and did the same thing," Okerson said.
With the win, the Patriots improved to 9-1 in the West Region and 11-2 overall. They sit atop the conference with 27 points. Century hosts Minot Thursday at 8 p.m. with the winner likely nailing down the No. 1 spot in the West.
The Demons are 8-2-1 in the West, 10-3 overall and have 25 points, same as Minot.
Minot 2, Legacy 0
In the first match at the Bowl on Tuesday night, Minot blanked Legacy 2-0.
The Magicians are in the hunt with Century and Bismarck for the top spot in the West.
Joshua Johannsen scored on a penalty kick and Avery Weishaar also tallied a second-half goal as Minot improved to 8-1-1 in the West and 8-4-1 overall.
Legacy keeper Zach Ebach was busy with 13 saves.
Jamestown 3, Mandan 0
Austin Shafer netted two goals for Jamestown in its 3-0 blanking of Mandan at Dacotah Centennial Park.
With the win, the Blue Jays clinched a spot in a state-qualifying match.
Jaden Christ also scored for Jamestown, which improved to 7-7 overall. The Blue Jays own 12 points in the West and are tied with St. Mary's four fourth.
Mandan dropped to 2-8-1 in the West and 2-9-1 overall.