Midgets still searching for first win of the season

Dickinson Midgets boy’s soccer team face the state champions

Justin Wardell not letting up and adding pressure to Century's attacking player. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

For the third game in a row, the Dickinson Midgets boy’s soccer team played at home against another WDA opponent, looking to secure their first win of the season.

The Midgets will have to wait until their next game to get their first victory of the season as Bismarck Century defeated Dickinson 2-0 Thursday evening to drop the hosts to 0-3.

It took until the second half for Century to get on the scoresheet, but they eventually broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute when they were able to get the ball past Midgets’ goalkeeper Jace Hughes to make it 1-0.

A majority of the action came in the Midgets’ half of the field. Century held the bulk of possession but were also constantly battling Dickinson’s quick and attentive defenders.

The final goal came from the Patriots after dribbling through midfield and then knocking it into the corner of the net.


It was no small task for Dickinson to keep the Patriots scoreless for as long as they did, who are the reigning state champions.

The Midgets did find moments where they were able to feed the ball to their forwards and created chances with five shots on goal. Rigo Lopez had a shot on target and created a chance for center attacking midfielder Peres Oti-Akentung, whose shot went right over the post.

Hughes has been a steady presence in goal this season for Dickinson, recording 26 saves through three games so far, including eight in this one. He had 97 saves a year ago, second best in the WDA.

“I am impressed… We talked to the Century coach and they were impressed asof how well we held them off,” assistant coach Celeste Hughes said. “We are playing together, we're talking to each other, they are creating plays and they are looking like a team.”

Fabricio Pereira hits a free kick long in hopes to create a run for one of their forwards. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

Celeste Hughes said that fatigue got the players and that conditioning will continue to be an important part of their practices.

The Midgets will look to turn things around in another home game next Tuesday against Bismarck Legacy.

Related Topics: SOCCER
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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