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Midgets back on track with win against Coyotes

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Dickinson has won back-to-back games after they won at Williston on Tuesday night. (File Image / The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson Midgets soccer team is hitting their stride over halfway through their season.

The Midgets topped Williston on the road on Tuesday night in a 3-0 shutout after they defeated Mandan on Saturday.

Peres Ot-Akenteng found the back of the net to put the Midgets (4-6) up 1-0 in the first half, and the score stayed the same until halftime.

Jonathan Wangatchumo netted the second goal of the game in the second half, and finally Akenteng scored an insurance goal late in the game to give Dickinson a comfortable lead.

“I really think that the Legacy game (almost two weeks ago) was our turn around. We lost to them 2-1, but we were able to show that if we do our responsibilities 100% of the time, then we can pull off some wins,” head coach Jeremy Schmitt said. “Our guys learned that if we don’t make mistakes, then it will be hard for (opponents) to score on us. That has been the big philosophy.”

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Schmitt mentioned that Dickinson did a lot better transitioning down the field from back to front today, and he is proud that they are finding their footing after a rough middle stretch of the season.

“Our midfielders Kyller Hughes and Austin Bradshaw, we worked with them to get their head up and play a deep ball…,” Schmitt said. “They did it right to perfection tonight. They took what they learned in practice and put it to use.”

Dickinson gets another home match against Bismarck on Thursday when they get a chance to avenge their earlier home loss of 4-0 to the Demons.

Bismarck did not play their scheduled contest on Tuesday vs Century due to the Patriots having issues with COVID-19.

“I think (we played today) will be a huge positive going into the game on Thursday,” Schmitt said. “I like to be the underdogs… I think we might surprise them when we show up to play and compete.”

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