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Magi soccer upended in the first round at state

MANDAN — The Minot High School boys soccer team won’t be bringing home the program’s second state championship.

The Magicians (6-8-2) lost in the first round of the state tournament Monday afternoon, 3-0, against Fargo South at the Starion Sports Complex in Mandan. All three goals came in the second half.

“We ran into a very technical Fargo South team in the first round,” MHS head coach Creighton Bachmeier said. “We will look to bounce back tomorrow against Grand Forks Central.”

Pacifique Sibomana opened the floodgates with a goal in the 41st minute for the Bruins. Fargo South’s Niresh Mongar added two more in the 45th and the 51st minute.

Fargo South peppered MHS senior goalkeeper Braden Cochran. The Bruins outshot the Magi 23-5 (16-3 shots on target). Cochran made 13 saves.

The last time Minot made it out of the first round of the state tournament was in 2013.

The West Region No. 3-seeded Magi move to the consolation side of the bracket to play East Region No. 4-seeded Grand Forks Central at 11 a.m. this morning in Mandan.

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