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Grand Forks Red River scores 5-1 Cushman Classic victory over Central

Lukas Heydt scores three goals, while Gannon Brooks scores his seventh of the year in the Roughrider victory.

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(From left) Red River's Grant Lelm, Wyatt Huus and Lukas Heydt celebrate teammate Trevor Olderbak's (9) first half goal against Grand Forks Central at Cushman Field on Saturday, August 28, 2021. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River currently sit at opposite ends of the EDC boys soccer standings and it was evident during the latest installment of the Cushman Cup. The Roughriders pounced early and did not look back in their 5-1 win on Saturday afternoon.

“It was surprising that we scored that early in the first minute of the game. In this sport if you put a team on their heels that early it’s pretty hard to dig yourself out of it,” Red River head coach Luke Glasoe said.

Just 32 seconds into the game Lukas Heydt opened the scoring for Red River, and just past the five minute mark Trevor Olderbak lifted a chip shot over Central goalkeeper Owen Fields making the score 2-0, with Gannon Brooks assisting on both goals.

Quickly, an effort to collect themselves from a rocky start, the Knights adjusted to subdue the speed Red River was bringing to the match.

“We came out tentative,” Central head coach Luke Schulz said. “We were allowing balls we usually don’t allow over the top, but we made some adjustments that seemed to come into play for a little bit there, but then it unraveled.”

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The offense would follow suit as an Avery Harsell free kick from outside the 30-yard line hit the crossbar. Building off that, Hazem Amjaour snuck a corner kick through the near post and right to the foot of Zak Mahamud. This cut the Red River lead to 2-1.

As the Roughrider speed persisted, Central struggled to keep up. Brooks would strike next when he replicated Olderbak’s goal and chipped another floater over Fields. This would mark Brooks’ seventh goal of the year in just five conference games.

The senior forward, a leader for the Red River squad, is someone Glasoe believes can carry his squad at times when needed.

“He’s potentially one of the best players in the state,” he said. “It’s great to have a player like that on your team that is tough to defend and is also a really good leader, as well.”

Brooks would show off his finesse again when he lofted a through ball to Heydt who then redirected it past Fields and extended their lead to 4-1 right before the end of the first half.

Throughout the second half Central attempted to keep up with the Red River speed, but the Roughriders became patient with their offense.

Brooks and Heydt would hook up again past the 30 minute mark when Brooks feathered a ball past a line of Knights defenders and into the perfect spot for Heydt, who collected his third goal of the game.

The Red River win keeps them undefeated in conference play this year with a 5-0 record. They have yet to give up more than one goal in a game this year. Glasoe credits that to performances like this one.

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“Teams are going to start taking (Brooks) out of the game, essentially, with the numbers they have marking him. There’s pockets of space that get created and room to expose teams, but we still have some work to do on that part of it all.”

As for the Knights, they now drop to 0-3-2 in conference play. Their record represents a tough start to the season, but Schulz and the coaching staff are seeing positives from their young group.

“It’s a new group. A lot of these guys haven’t played varsity soccer before. They're still getting their feet wet, but it’s getting better. We’re starting to come together as a team. Today was just a small little bump in the road,” he said.

Coming up next for the Knights will be Fargo North on Monday at Cushman, while the Roughriders will be traveling to take on Fargo Davies.

Grand Forks Red River: 5

Grand Forks Central: 1

First Half

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RR – Lukas Heydt (39:28)

RR – Trevor Olderbak (34:46)

GFC – Zakeriya Mahamud (9:51)

RR – Gannon Brooks (3:30)

RR – Lukas Heydt (0:12)

Second Half

RR – Lukas Heydt (12:59)

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Students from Grand Forks Central and Red River High Schools release yellow balloons in memory of Sean Gerszewski, a Red River student who died on Thursday, August 12, 2021, prior to a boys soccer match at Cushman Field on Saturday, August 28, 2021. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Digital Content Producer and Sports Reporter at the Grand Forks Herald since December of 2020. Maxwell can be contacted at mmarko@gfherald.com.
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