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Midgets boys soccer team grabs first win of the season

Dickinson Midgets take to the home field against Bismarck Legacy.

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Jack Homiston uses ball control as he carefully makes his way through the opponent's side. (Photo courtesy of coaching staff)

At long last, the Dickinson Midgets’ boys soccer team was able to get into the win column.

It took until their fourth game of the season, but Dickinson were finally able to leave a game in good spirits as they defeated Bismarck Legacy 2-1 at home Tuesday evening. Dickinson jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it.

They went into the game with a unique formation that head coach Akindeji Oluwafemi knew would be a gamble. Luckily for them it was one that would pay off. It was essentially a 3-2-3-2 formation with only three defenders in the back and two forwards playing wide.

Credit Dickinson goalkeeper Jace Hughes for keeping the game in control for the home side, who showed his excellence between the sticks by making 13 saves. The Midgets had 12 shots of their own, eight of which coming in the first half.

“Before the game I told my forwards, ‘I need five shots from you. I don't care if it goes in or not, I need five shots from you.’ And they delivered,” said Oluwafemi.

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The first goal for Dickinson came about ten minutes into the game when Peres Oti-Akentung made a pass towards winger Jack Homiston, who took it on the chest and lofted it over the goalkeeper’s head. This was Homsiton’s first goal of the season, but he wasn't ready to stop there as he would grab the second goal of the game in the second half.

In the second half the Midgets were awarded a penalty kick, with Homiston stepping up to the penalty spot to take it. After a short pause, Homiston struck the ball to the left side of the goalkeeper, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead.

“Those were my first two goals of the season so it's good to get it with a win as well,” Homiston said. “It felt good to secure the win and to make it easier on our defense.“

Legacy would grab a late goal after being given a free kick to make it 2-1. The goal would not mean much as the final whistle would come shortly after and the Midgets would humbly retreat back to the sidelines with the taste of victory for the first time this season.

Their next game will be at home on Thursday against Jamestown Blue Jays,

“I just feel like we played really well today, There were really not a whole lot of mistakes and we just played hard the whole game,” said Homiston.

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Grant Bittner moves quickly to take possession of the ball after the Legacy ball keeper collids with another one of the Midgets' defenders. (Photo courtesy of coaching staff)

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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