West Fargo Sheyenne capped its historic season with a third-place finish at boys state soccer. This year’s competition in Mandan was the Mustangs first trip to the state tournament in the young program’s history.
Sheyenne recorded a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Fargo South to clinch third place on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The top-seeded Mustangs were on the board first in the matchup against the Bruins thanks to an unassisted score notched by junior defender Jackson Kuznia.
Hussein Mohamed’s first-half goal at the 12 minute, 18 second mark, lifted the Mustangs to victory over the Bruins. Sheyenne led 2-0 heading into the second half.
After two unanswered scores, Fargo South’s Niresh Mongar found the net to set up the 2-1 game-clinching score.
The matchup at Starion Sports Complex was the third time the teams had faced each other this season. The Bruins fell 3-0 to the Mustangs earlier this fall, and also played to a 1-1 tie in an earlier 2019 contest.
Sheyenne recorded eight shots on goal in the match. The Bruins had four. Mustangs goalkeeper Cooper Svaleson tallied three total saves, while South’s Krishna Puwar recorded six.
Sheyenne 1-0 shootout loss to Davies
After handing Mandan an 8-1 loss in the opening round of the tournament on Monday, Oct. 14, the Mustangs went on to play No. 3-seeded Fargo Davies in the semifinals on Tuesday at Starion Sports Complex.
The Eagles emerged victorious in the match with a 1-0 shootout win over the Mustangs.
Seniors Hussein Mohamed and Melvin Dennis scored in the shootout for the Mustangs. But the two scores weren’t enough to lift the East Region regular-season champions to victory over the Eagles.
Davies won the shootout 4-2 on goals by Pablo Nunez Perez, Mohammed Ali, Jack Anderson and Kaleb Glover. Glover recorded the match-winning shot.
Davies goalkeeper Jensen Waltz had eight saves through two halves and two 10-minute overtime sessions. Sheyenne’s sophomore keeper Cooper Svaleson had two saves for the Mustangs.
With Tuesday’s win over Sheyenne, Davies would head into their third straight state-soccer championship appearance on Wednesday, eventually falling 3-0 to No. 1 Bismarck High.
Earlier this fall, Sheyenne picked up its first victory over Davies in the program's history.
Sheyenne’s Kayden Aberle, Hussein Mohamed, Anas Mohamed and Seth Kotzbacher all received All-Tournament honors at state.
Hussein, a senior midfielder, tallied four goals and two assists in the state tournament. Junior forward Aberle notched three scores.
Anas Mohamed, who scored twice in the tournament, was the first Mustang to score a goal at state in the team’s history.
The Mustangs ended their record season checking in at 10-3-5 overall. Sheyenne, which went 3-10-3 last fall, more than tripled their number of wins this year.