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2016-2017 School Year
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2016-2017 Varsity Team Photo: Players Names were not listed in the 2017 South Yearbook

Coach Patrick Bartel and his South Soccer team glowed with the success of last season, but believed they had some unfinished business.  Coming one-half game from the conference title, left a sour taste in the players.  They wanted to claim the conference title.

The season opened with non-conference games against St. Paul Academy and Blake.  The Tigers lost 4-0 to SPA.  They improved their play against Blake, but still lost 1-0.

The first conference game was against new conference member Wellstone International.  For many years, the Wellstone players would be part of the Roosevelt team since both schools were in the same building.  With Wellstone now in their own building, the school fielded their own squad.  South welcomed Wellstone with a 4-0 defeat.

Southwest was next.  The Tigers and Lakers played another classic game, with the Tigers taking the win 1-0.  Roosevelt also fell to the Tigers, 9-0.

The Tigers played three non-conference games next.  Chanhassen and South tied 1-1.  The Tigers beat the Orioles from St. Louis Park 3-1.  St. Paul Como Park also fell 2-0.

Washburn and South played for the conference title.  Washburn, who would eventually claim the crown, won 3-1.  South beat Southwest for the second time this season.  The final was 2-1.

Minnehaha Academy and South played the final non-conference game of the season.  The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The Regular season ended with a 2-0 shutout of Edison.

South played Southwest in the first round of the Region 6AA Tournament.  For their third time this season, South beat the Lakers, this time 1-0 and advanced to the second round.  Wayzata ended the Tigers’ season with a 4-2 victory over South.

South ended in second place with a 5-1 record.  Overall the Tigers were 10-4.  Seif Elfatiary, Sami Kusa, Ramone McKeithan and Chris Rounds, all seniors, were named to the All-Conference squad.

Coach Bartel was assisted by Hamdi Abdujalil, Dean Campbell, Arinze “Ace” Erizkel and Derric Johnson.  Shortly after the season ended, Bartel notified the South Athletic Department he would not return next season as head coach.