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Riders capture Cushman Cup

Red River still shooting for state soccer playoff berth

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Red River forward Lukas Heydt (11) and Grand Forks Central midfielder Kamden Kraft fight for possession of the ball in the final minutes of the Cushman Cup boys soccer match at Cushman Field in Grand Forks on Thursday, September 22, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS – Grand Forks Red River won the Cushman Cup on Thursday night at Cushman Field.

The Riders tied rival Grand Forks Central 0-0, a result that was perhaps bittersweet.

By virtue of Red River’s 3-1 win over Central earlier this season, the Riders captured the Cup, which goes to the winner of the annual total-goal, two-game series.

However, the tie makes it a little harder for Red River to qualify for the upcoming state soccer tournament. With the tie, the Riders now have 17 EDC points, one behind fourth-place Fargo Shanley. The top four teams in the EDC advance to the state tournament.

Red River and Shanley both have one EDC match remaining. A win against Central would have moved Red River into a fourth-place tie with Shanley.

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The Riders controlled play much of the night. But Central goalie Tatum Vanyo perhaps came up with the play of the night when he stopped a Rider penalty kick with 37 minutes to go.

“We just needed to finish our chances, but we didn’t,” said Red River coach Luke Glasoe.

Central coach Luke Schulz said the Knights played well, considering Red River carried play much of the match.

“The one positive from the match is that we had a clean sheet for the first time in like a month,” said Schulz. “Defense was the focus coming into the match. We had a couple of scoring chances in the first half but not that much in the second half. So all things considered, zero-zero is OK. And Tatum really played well.”

Central won’t qualify for the state tournament but the match still carried significance for the Knights as a tie or loss would make it harder for their rival to qualify for state.

“That was their motivation,” said Schulz.

Central’s record now is 2-11-2 while Red River is 4-6-5.

Red River has two matches remaining, the first a nonconference meeting against Moorhead on Monday. That will be followed by the Riders trip to West Fargo Sheyenne next Tuesday with a state-tournament berth on the line.

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The tie was frustrating for Red River, but, overall, it’s been a decent season.

“We’ve had a couple of disappointing results but we’ve shown up and played really well most of the time,” said Glasoe.

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Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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