JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Fargo Shanley has played in five state championship matches, but none since 2016, and none of the players on this year's team had played in a state tournament.

You'd never know it.

Shanley's Peter Noah scored his first goal of the season on a header in the first half and the Deacons played solid defense and got help from the Rotary Field equipment to earn a 1-0 win over Grand Forks Red River in Friday's first North Dakota state boys soccer tournament championship semifinal.

With 16 minutes, 6 seconds left in the first half, Christian Ulmer sent a cross into the box and the ball found Noah about 7 yards out.

"I kind of just hit it with the side of my head, it went to the ground on the right side and it went into the goal," Noah said. "I was really happy because it was my first goal of the season."

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The Deacons are 7-7-4 overall, but knocked off West top seed Minot 1-0 in the quarterfinals and now have a shutout win over a 10-win Roughriders team.

"That first win, none of these kids have been to state so that was an exciting moment," said Deacons head coach Ryan Christianson. "We played Red River twice this year so we know how they play. It worked, what we came into the game planning to do."

That included clogging the Roughriders' space and their aggressive long passes. They probably didn't factor in Red River hitting a crossbar, hitting a post and two other near-miss opportunities.

"We fought hard and had a lot of chances," Red River coach Luke Glasoe said.

Red River's Gannon Brooks bent a shot on the left side from about 25 yards out and it glanced hard off the crossbar with 32 minutes left in the first half. About six minutes later, Brooks hit a good shot from 15 yards that Shanley goalkeeper Cole Jaeger handled.

With 37:30 left in the game, Lukas Heydt slipped down in the box and couldn't get off a shot from about seven yards out. About eight minutes later, Heydt took a pass on the left side of the box but his shot crossed the goal and glanced off the bottom of the post on the right.

With 90 seconds left, Red River's Ethan Dockter lobbed a shot that got over Jaeger but just over the crossbar and landed in the top of the net.

"That's the nature of the sport," Glasoe said.

Red River pressed the action throughout the second half, but Shanley was able to defend. The Roughriders' last best chance was a ball to the middle of the box that Jaeger dove to short hop and smother with 57 seconds left.

"Red River's got the players, for sure," Christianson said. "They definitely deserve to be in the position they were in. I told the guys to stay calm, keep positive and hunker down, basically."

Noah said he was confident the Deacons would protect the lead despite the constant Roughrider pressure.

"Our midfield really dominated and our forwards did everything," Noah said. "(Red River) really came at us but when push comes to shove, we just really brought it."

Despite the loss, Glasoe could find a positive.

"It was a good game," he said, adding with a smile, "We beat them 1-0, we tied 1-1 and they beat us 1-0. I kind of feel there should be one more game."

Consolation semifinals

Bismarck 4, Bismarck Legacy 1

Bismarck's Dominic Williams scored two goals to help lead the Demons over Legacy in Friday's second match.

Nathan Sagsveen and Owen Hesse also had goals and Sergio Dionicio and Remington Nunez had assists.

Derek Schlittenhardt scored Legacy's goal on an assist from Dylan Ellingson.

Bismarck plays Bismarck Century for fifth place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct 9.

Bismarck Century 2, Minot 0

Century scored both goals in the first half and held off Minot in Friday's first semifinal.

Brooks Turner scored on an assist from Kaiden Campbell, and Anthony Cleary scored unassisted.

Century, the 2020 state champion, plays Bismarck for fifth place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.