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2012-2013 School Year
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2012-2013 Varsity Team Photo: Players names were not listed in the 2013 South Yearbook.

The 2012-2013 soccer season was one players, coaches and fans have been waiting for.  The Tigers returned to the State Tournament after a seven year drought. 

The season began uncharacteristically for the Tigers.  Four non-conference games opened the season, with a game against Bloomington Jefferson being first.  The Jaguars had their way with the Tigers, winning 5-2.  South uprighted the ship with a 3-0 win over Fridley in their next game.  Blaine also fell, 3-1.  Defense was the name of the game in their fourth game against Wayzata.  The teams played to a 1-1 tie.

Conference play began with a 9-0 drubbing of Edison.  Perennial nemesis, Southwest, fell 1-0.  A defeat of Washburn, 3-1, was followed by a 2-1 win over Roosevelt.

Another non-conference game, against Minnehaha Academy, gave the Tigers a 1-0 win.

In the game against Henry, many younger players had a lot of playing time as the Tigers total destroyed the Patriots, 18-0.  The only conference blemish of the conference season was a 2-2 tie against Washburn.

Robbinsdale Armstrong fell in a non-conference game 1-0.  Southwest fell for the second time, 2-1.  Hopkins lost 4-2.  Roosevelt ended the conference season with a loss to the Tigers 2-1.  The last game of the regular season was a 3-1 win over Totino Grace.

The Tigers entered the Region 6AA Tournament as the number one seed.  The Tigers defeated Robbinsdale Cooper 2-0 in the first round.  Roseville was the second round opponent and they fell 1-0.  South claimed the region title with a 2-0 win over St. Louis Park.

The Tigers opened the State Tournament against Bloomington Jefferson.  The two teams battled to a 0-0 tie through regulation.  After a sudden-death overtime, the game was still scoreless.  The game would be decided by a shootout.  One goal was all that was needed and the Jaguars ended the Tigers’ season.

South finished the conference season in first place with a 7-0-1 record, in first place.  Overall the Tigers were 16-2-2.  Five players were named to the All-Conference squad: Negawe Anstra, Oscar Campbell, Elliot Cassett, Collin Kange and Noah McGurran-Hanson.

Head Coach Tamba Johnson was assisted by Patrick Bartel, Arinze “Ace” Erizkel, Davie Jegan, Derric Johnson, Wazir Mohammed, and Pat Partel.