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Ty's Take: WF girls soccer season ends

The West Fargo girls soccer team's chance at defending their first-ever state title will not happen this year.

Last Friday, the Packers (6-5-3) duked it out with Fargo North and were nearly matched step for step. The result was a 0-0 tie that bumped West Fargo from a State Tournament berth by one point.

Instead, Fargo Davies, with 22 points, gets No. 4 seed from the Eastern Dakota Conference. The Eagles will join an all-Fargo cast made up of Shanley, South and North at the State Tournament, which runs Thursday through Saturday in Fargo. Their West Region counterparts include No. 1 Bismarck Century, No. 2 Minot, No. 3 Bismarck St. Mary's and No. 4 Bismarck.

The Packers were by no means perfect this season, but the same could be said for last year's team, when they came into the postseason with a 6-4-2 record and surprised everyone at state after a 3-2 shootout win in the championship match.

Still, this year can be chalked in as another stepping stone. First-year head coach James Moe righted the ship after a rocky start that saw the Packers win just once in their first five games. Their second half was much better, having lost only once in the past nine games.

Softball heads to state

The West Fargo softball team ended its regular season with three straight wins; something that certainly can't hurt them as they enter this week's state tournament as the overall favorite.

The Region 1 No. 1 Packers will face Region 3 No.2 Minot Ryan at noon Thursday in the opening round in Grand Forks. The tournament runs through Saturday.