MANDAN, N.D. — West Fargo Sheyenne erased any hopes of a home-field advantage for Mandan in the opening round of state boys soccer.
The Mustangs emerged victorious in their first state tournament contest and handed the Braves an 8-1 loss Monday afternoon at the Starion Sports Complex in Mandan.
The Mustangs got on the board four minutes into the game thanks to a score notched by junior midfielder Anas Mohamed. Anas added a second goal to help give the Mustangs an early lead over the Braves.
Senior midfielder Hussein Mohamed and junior forward Kayden Aberle also recorded a score each to give the Mustangs a 4-0 lead at halftime.
Sheyenne tallied three more goals in the first five minutes of the second half. Aberle added two back-to-back goals to lead the Mustangs with three total scores in the match. Hussein Mohamed, who also tallied two assists, notched an unassisted point.
Senior Stanleyson Larngar recorded the team's eighth unanswered goal, assisted by Abraham Kollie, to give the Mustangs an 8-0 lead heading into the final minutes of the match.
Braves defender Levon Schulz found the net to avoid a shutout with 20 minutes left to play. Schulz's goal set up the 8-1 game-clinching score.
With Monday's victory, Sheyenne punched their ticket to the semifinals. The state matchup against Mandan, the No. 4 seed in the West, was the top-seeded Mustangs first tournament appearance in program history.
Sheyenne will go on to play No. 3 -seeded Fargo Davies in the semis at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The Eagles recorded a 2-1 victory over second-seeded Bismarck Century on Monday.
The state tournament is an eight-team single elimination tournament. The championship match will be played at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
The tournament was moved to Oct. 14-16 due to an early onslaught of winter weather in the state. The competition was originally slated to begin Thursday, Oct. 10, and wrap up Saturday. The original venue for the tournament was also changed from Dacotah Centennial Park to the Starion Complex because of weather and field conditions.
The Mustangs, who went 3-10-3 last year, tripled their number of wins this regular season with a 9-2-5 overall record; 8-1-5 in the EDC. Sheyenne led the EDC this year with 29 points. Fargo South followed with 28.