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Continued: No division in Blaine boys' soccer winning formula

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 1, 2013 - 5:25 PM

The Bengals, also ranked first in the most recent coaches association poll, wrap up the regular season this week with games against Northwest Suburban Conference foes Centennial, Champlin Park and Andover. Some important virtual games await, too.

The team’s third annual Xbox FIFA soccer tournament creates an all-night bonding opportunity played out on multiple television screens.

Players select international club teams; junior midfielder Tyler Johnson has won the past two championships with FC Bayern Munich.

Turning a virtual No. 1 ranking into a real-world title is Blaine’s goal. The challenge is coming all the way back to win one … more … game.

“It’s really hard because to one-up yourself, you have to win that last game,” Bruder said. “We want our second chance.

“We had very high expectations coming into the season — a lot of pressure. But I think we’ve done really good job handling that so far.”

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  • Blaine’s Asher Bates dribbled the ball past Chaska’s Freddy Vences toward the net Saturday. Blaine is ranked No. 1 in the state after finishing second last year.

  • Noah Bruder, going up for a header against Chaska’s Andrew Leck, said this year’s team has better chemistry. “We came into this season trying to keep the guys close because last year there was kind of a divide between the seniors and the underclassmen,” he said.

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