West Fargo Boys Soccer is looking promisingWest Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The state boys soccer tournament kicks off tomorrow in Jamestown, and while Shanley might be the favorite in the east. West Fargo shouldn't be overlooked either.
By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY
West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The state boys soccer tournament kicks off tomorrow in Jamestown, and while Shanley might be the favorite in the east. West Fargo shouldn't be overlooked either.
At West Fargo soccer practice, the talking never stops.
Communication has been a necessity for the Packers, who entered the season with inexperience on the field, and on the sideline with 1st year head coach James Moe.
James Moe- 1st year West Fargo Coach: “They're like brothers on the field. They hang out before and after games, in and out of school. And I think that's important in building a bond for our team.”
The Packers enter state as a true wild card; they're the 2nd seed in the east.
But, at one point this season, they won 8 straight games, outscoring opponents 30-2 in that stretch.
Zuheer Alabase- West Fargo Sr. Mid-Field: “I honestly think that we have the most dangerous offense in the state. Everyone was looking us down from losing 17 seniors last year to hey this team not good.
Now we're ranked 2nd in EDC and we're going to go into state with confidence.”
Goalkeeper Nathan Sample is the backstop for the confident Packers.
And in his 2nd year, he has recorded 7 shutouts.
Nathan Sample – West Fargo Sr. Goalkeeper: “Even having that experience at state last year is big for me. I'm coming in calm. Not like last year being all hectic and stuff.”
With the communication, the scoring, and the goalie, West Fargo has plenty of reasons to be confident entering the final weekend of the season.
Akeem Smith- West Fargo Jr. Mid-Field: “We just have to tell ourselves that we want this. We have to want it bad. We have to want it bad.”
Alabase: “People have always said that Packers aren't going to win because of Shanley, Century, and Bismarck High this year. But, I beg to differ. I think we have state locked in.”
West Fargo opens state against St. Mary's tomorrow at 3.