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Davies opens soccer tournament with win

Fargo Davies' Harrison Thom celebrates after scoring the second goal of the game for Davies as Mandan's Colton Scheetz and Ethan Tanous react during their match at the ND State Soccer Tournament at Cushman Field in Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service1 / 3
The Fargo Davies' bench is bundled up during the ND State Soccer Tournament at Cushman Field in Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service2 / 3
Fargo Davies' Mohamed Ali hits a header as Mandan's Kenneth Brako and Davies' Grant Wiemken look on during the ND State Soccer Tournament at Cushman Field in Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service3 / 3

GRAND FORKS — Harrison Thom got hot at the right time for Fargo Davies.

The senior center defender scored a pair of goals Thursday, Oct. 11, at Cushman Field. That was all the offense as Davies defeated Mandan 2-0 in the opening game of the North Dakota boys high school soccer tournament on Thursday.

For Thom, the one game doubled his career scoring output. He had one goal this season and two in his three seasons as an Eagles regular.

"If somebody had told me I'd do that before the tournament, I would have laughed. I wouldn't have believed it,'' Thom said.

"I don't get many scoring opportunities.''

Thom scored just 5:27 into the game on a header in front of the net off an Andrew Thomas corner kick.

With 1:05 remaining in the first half, Thom tracked down the ball in a crowd in front of the net and buried his short-range shot for a 2-0 lead.

"We don't expect Harrison to be our goal scorer,'' Davies coach Ian Costello said."But we'll take any scoring we can get.

"He doesn't get up the field too often, except on corner kicks. He's our tallest guy, so we make sure he's in the box. Andy gave him a heckuva corner kick. On the second one, he cleaned it up down low and got a garbage goal.''

The two goals stood up as Davies dominated in ball possession. Eagles goalie Noah Sahr didn't have a single save.

Colton Scheetz had 13 saves for the Braves.

"Davies is an excellent team,'' Mandan coach Stephen Weston said. "We had to limit their goals. Defensively we played well. We just couldn't generate any offense.''

Davies improved to 14-2-2 while Mandan dropped to 6-8-0.

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