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Grand Forks Red River's Jace Braathen kicks the ball up field during the first half of the Riders game with Grand Forks Central at Cushman Field Wednesday. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

BOYS SOCCER: Red River tops Central 2-1

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BOYS SOCCER: Red River tops Central 2-1
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What was left worked out right for Ben Schleicher.

The junior’s goal with 15:58 remaining broke a 1-all tie and gave Grand Forks Red River a 2-1 intracity boys high school soccer win against Central on Tuesday at Cushman Field.

Schleicher got the pass from Braden Axtman, made a quick move to find an opening, and then used his left foot to boot in his first goal of the season from 20 yards out.

A left-footed goal for Schleicher “is very rare,’’ the junior said. “It’s not my dominant foot. The shot just happened to be there and I took it. I was very surprised when it went in. That’s one of the first I’ve ever scored with the left foot.’’

Said Red River coach Luke Glasoe: “It was fun to see Ben go with his left foot and see it work. It was the right time for it, a really quick shot.’’

That proved to be the game-winner in a defensive battle between two teams that had opened the season with shutout victories.

Central goaltender Caleb Dachtler finished with eight goals, including three diving stops and one leaping save. “That’s the kind of quality player he is,’’ Central coach George DuBois said. “And our whole back line – Cole Kirchoffner, Landon Kraft and Ethan Horner – played well. They faced a lot of pressure.

“We struggled trying to move the ball forward. (Red River) did a nice job defensively. They had a lot of numbers back on the defensive end to clean things up.’’

Jayden Kramer put Central on the board with a penalty kick at 32:10 of the first half. Kramer has three of the four goals the 1-1 Knights have scored this season.

Red River pulled even when senior Matt Leake scored his first goal of the season and second of his career at 4:14 into the second half.

Red River goalie Jayce Turner finished with seven saves. Glasoe said the defensemen, led by Jimmy Nuveen, Trigg Camrud and Ben Kjenstad, played well in front of Turner.

“Central has some fantastic scorers,’’ Glasoe said. “To hold them to one score, that’s really good. Our back line did a great job.’’

Red River improved to 2-0 with the victory. 

Greg DeVillers
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