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2013-2014 School Year
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2013-2014 Varsity Team Photo: Players’ names were not listed in the 2014 South Yearbook.

The goal of the 2013-2014 soccer season was to complete the work the team felt was not finished, namely winning a state title.  Being eliminated left a sour taste among the returning players and they hoped to get the elusive title.  Head Coach Tamba Johnson would again led the Tiger program.

South opened the season against Bloomington Jefferson, the team that eliminated the Tigers in the State Tournament.  This game was just as tough as the last one.  Defenses reigned supreme as the Jaguars again barely won, 1-0.  A second non-conference game, this time against Wayzata, put the Tigers in the win column.  The final score was 2-1.

The conference season opened with a 14-0 shellacking of Edison.  Rival Southwest handed the Tigers their first conference loss of the season, winning 3-1.  Washburn, Roosevelt and Henry all fell.  The Millers lost 2-1.  The Teddies fell 4-3.  Henry was shut out 8-0. South opened the second round with a return game against Washburn.  The final was by the same 2-1 score, with Washburn gaining revenge for their earlier loss. 

Three non-conference matches followed.  South lost to Blaine 2-1.  Hopkins was shut out 2-0.  The Tigers and Orioles from St. Louis Park played to a 1-1 tie.

The team rotated the next four matches between conference and non-conference games.  Against Southwest, the Tigers and Lakers played the most defensive of games possible.  The final was a 0-0.  In a non-conference match, the Tigers defeated Robbinsdale Armstrong 4-1.  Roosevelt handed the Tigers a 2-1 loss in their rematch.  The Regular season ended with two non-conference games.  North St. Paul won 3-1.  Heading into the playoffs, South defeated Totino Grace 3-1.

In the Region 6AA Tournament, South opened with a tough 1-0 win against Roseville.  In the next game, the Tigers took on Southwest for the third time this season.  Southwest ended the Tigers season with a 1-0 heartbreaking loss. 

The Tigers finished 4-3-1 in conference play, ending in third place.  Overall, the team was 11-6-2.  The coaching staff who assisted Head Coach Johnson were Patrick Bartel, Michael Egebele, Arinze “Ace” Erizkel, Davie Jegan, Derric Johnson and Lawrence Tsoi.