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2011-2012 School Year

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Hope were high for the Tigers during the 2011-2012 soccer season.  The players were familiar with what Head Coach Tamba Johnson expected.  All they need to capture the conference title was to defeat Southwest. Also, North did not field a team this season, choosing to combine with Henry, so there would only be 10 conference matches.

South opened the season with two non-conference games against tough opponents.  First was Bloomington Jefferson.  In a game that was controlled by the defenses, only one goal was scored.  That is all the Tigers needed to take home their first victory of the season, 1-0.  The game against Wayzata seemed to mirror the first game.  Again, the final was 1-0 with the Tigers taking home the win.

Henry was the first conference opponent.  The Patriots were no challenge for the Tigers as South seemed to score at will, winning 13-0.  Washburn was the next team to fall, as the Tigers won 7-0.  The games seemed to be getting closer as the Tigers beat Edison 4-0, which was followed by a slim 1-0 win over Roosevelt. 

With the Tigers 4-0 in conference play, the next opponent was Southwest.  The Lakers were also undefeated.  The game would be for the lead in the conference.  The final, 3-2, gave the Tigers their first win over Southwest since September, 2008. 

The wins kept coming as the Tigers defeated Roosevelt 1-0 and Washburn 3-2. 

This set up the second game against Southwest.  The Tigers were prepared for a Laker onslaught.  The teams each scored, with the last goal of the game going to Southwest.  The Lakers won 4-3.  There was now a tie for the conference lead.

South took on Edison for the second time.  The Tigers won easily, 6-3, and waited to hear of the Southwest-Washburn game.  The Lakers won 7-0.  The two teams were tied going into the last game of the season.

South took on Henry in the last game, while Southwest and Roosevelt clashed.  Henry should have been no match for the Tigers, but the Patriots played tough and held the Tigers to four goals, compared to the 13 in the first meeting.  South won 4-1, and awaited word on the results of the Laker-Teddie game.  Expectations were that Southwest would win easily, but Roosevelt matched the Lakers goal for goal.  When the game ended, the Teddies and Lakers TIED 5-5!  South won the conference championship by ½ game!

The Tigers played three non-conference games to end the regular season.  Robbinsdale Armstrong fell 2-1.  A relatively new charter school, Prairie Seeds Academy beat the Tigers 4-1.  The Eagles of Totino-Grace tied the Tigers 0-0.

In the Region 6AA Tournament, the Tigers shut out Robbiinsdale Cooper 2-0.  They then defeated Roseville 3-1.  This set up the third game of the season against Southwest.  Everyone expected this to be a thriller.  Southwest claimed the game 2-1, and would eventually make it to the State Tournament.

The Tigers finished the season with a 9-1 conference record and a 14-3-1 overall record.  Five players were named All-Conference: Jovan Carter, Elliot Cassett, Levi Corbeil-Wild, Taylor Currie and Obsa Mohammed.

Assisting Head Coach Johnson this season were Patrick Bartel, Arize “Ace” Erizkel, Wazir Mohammed and Pat Partel.