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Bismarck, Century advance to state soccer championship game

Bismarck, Century advance to state soccer championship game


Bismarck and Century will play for the state soccer championship Saturday in Fargo.

The Patriots rolled to a 6-0 win over West Fargo Sheyenne's junior varsity team in semifinal action on Friday at Fargo South High School. Sheyenne's varsity team was forced to quarantine due to coronavirus exposure.

Anthony Cleary scored the Patriots' first two goals as Century started fast and never looked back, peppering Sheyenned keeper Blaise Obiyo with 23 shots. It took just seven minutes for Cleary to get his first goal and the Patriots were off and running.

Chance Bowlinger, Ken Brako and Collin Bock added first-half goals as the Patriots held a commanding 5-0 lead at halftime.

Brooks Turner tacked on a sixth in the 67 minute for Century.

Century goalie Ben Cleary stopped all six shots he faced.

The Demons trailed 1-0 to West Fargo early, but scored the final two goals to advance.

Rodrigue Mugisha scored the go-ahead goal with 20 minutes left for the Demons, who enter tomorrow's 1:15 p.m. championship game with a 14-1-2 record.

The Demons' first goal came when West Fargo players collided near the box, allowing the ball to trickle in for an own-goal.

Stats from the game were not made available.

BHS and Century split their two meetings this season. Century won 4-3 early in the season and the Demons prevailed 2-1 in the West Region championship match on Oct. 3. The second regular season meeting was forfeited by Century due to several players having to quarantine due to coronavirus exposure.

The Demons are the defending state champions.

Reach Tribune sports editor Dave Selvig at (701) 250-8246 or


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