HS Soccer: Century, Bismarck, Mandan state soccer preview

The Century, Bismarck and Mandan soccer programs are preparing for the state tournament in Grand Forks which begins on Oct. 12.

Bismarck

The Demons are limping into Jamestown as the three seed, but the Bismarck Demons have higher goals than that.

This is Bismarck's 23rd appearance at state.

The Demons won it all back in 2015, which was the program's third state title.

This year's team really focuses on attacking and with so many goal-scoring threats on the roster opposing teams cannot focus on stopping one person.

"It's going to be good," Bismarck forward Dane Allen said, "because we won't have to rely on one person, and we can find someone at the perfect time and know that they're going to score, because they've been doing it the whole year."

Bismarck takes on Fargo South at 2:15. This is the first meeting between these schools this year.

Century

Century enters the state tournament as the top seed out of the West because the Patriots defeated Minot for the WDA Crown.

Century takes on the four-seed out of the East: Fargo Shanley.

Head coach Ryan Okerson has studied up on what Shanley likes to do and he says going through a tough conference schedule really prepares them for Shanley.

"Any time you face teams like Minot and BHS and you've got to really struggle with them," Ryan Okerson said. "You're going to learn some stuff about yourself. You're going to learn some stuff about them. It only helps us, especially with the way BHS plays with a lot of play at there feet. They move the ball quickly. That really help us."

Century's game with Shanley at noon is the first game of the state tournament.

The Patriots defeated Fargo Shanely in the second game of the season, 1-0, on Aug. 18.

Mandan

Mandan is making its first state tournament appearance since 2009.

First year co-head coach Carly Retterath says the team has gotten plenty of support from the community on its achievement, but there's still more work to be done.

The Braves will have a difficult matchup against the East one-seed: West Fargo.

Retterath says the Braves are probably playing with the least amount of pressure, since no one expected them to make the state tournament.

"Nothing to lose, Carly Retterath said. "Happy to be going. We're playing good soccer right now. I think West Fargo obviously is a great team, but they've lost two of their last three. I think we feel like we have nothing to lose. Go in there and play and enjoy the experience."

Mandan's game with West Fargo is tomorrow at 4:30.

Earlier this season, the Braves lost, 5-0, against the Packers.


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