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2017-2018 School Year

The 2017-2018 season opened with a new head coach.  Derric Johnson, a South Science teacher and assistant coach, was hired to lead the Tiger Soccer squad.  Coach Johnson, who served as an assistant coach for five seasons, was well-known to the players.

The team opened the season with a non-conference game against Chanhassen. A scoreless first half saw three goals in the second half with Chanhassen winning 2-1.

Against Eagan, South dominated possession and had most of the chances. South saw double digit corner kicks and double digit shots but Eagan successfully defended. Eagan came out on top 2-1

Against St. Louis Park, a scoreless first half followed by a goal from a rebound and a late free kick goal gave the Orioles a 2-0 win.

St. Anthony Village and South played a defensive game with both teams scoring one goal.  With 3.2 seconds remaining in the game, St. Anthony scored to win, breaking the hearts of the Tiger players.

On September 9, South hosted Southwest in the annual Super Soccer Saturday.  On this day, all South soccer teams (boys and girls) play at home.  The first game started at 8 a.m.!  The varsity games started with a scoreless first half. Both teams had equal opportunities to score, but were stopped. The second half was dominated in chances and possession by the Tigers allowing them to score the first goal. Southwest then capitalized on two defensive mistakes scoring twice, giving the Lakers a 2-1 win despite South having more shots on goal.  Fortunately for the Tigers, this match-up is considered a non-conference game.

South’s next game was on the road to Duluth East. East took control early on and scored two goals. South regained their intensity and scored on a solid half volley from the top of the 18. East followed with a penalty kick. In the second half South surged with two goals to East's one which made for a riveting last ten minutes. In the end, East's aerial dominance won out over South's short passing game, 4-3.

South and Roosevelt played a riveting, though scoreless, first half.   A quick goal by South in the second half gave the Tigers the lead. Roosevelt had several good chances, but could not convert. South finished with a second goal near the end of the game to win 2-0.

South traveled to Park Center for their next game. Both teams played a fantastic first half. South scored on an early volley and both teams had chances. The second half saw Park Center have its first real chance with a penalty kick following a foul during a corner kick. The penalty shot was saved by the Tigers’ Steven Cortes, but the rebound came back to the shooter who put away his second chance. South scored with under ten minutes remaining to win 2-1.

Edison was the next opponent. The only goal of the game came with a few minutes left in the first half. South, in a close game, won 1-0.

South travelled to Southwest to be part of their Super Soccer Saturday.  The Tigers were looking for a bit of revenge, since the Lakers defeated the Tigers for South’s Super Soccer Saturday.  The game saw numerous chances on both ends. Southwest's goal keeper kept the Lakers in the game at many points saving three break-away opportunities by the Tigers. The game was contentious and emotional for the players as South stayed unbeaten in conference play.  The final was a 1-1 tie.

The Tigers took on St. Paul Academy in their next contest.  The game was riveting with both teams having chances to score, but neither did.  The final was a 0-0 tie.

Against Henry, everything went the Tigers way.  South seemed to score at will, allowing many younger players a chance atvarsity time.  South won easily, 12-0.

South played Washburn for their last conference game of the season.  An exciting first half saw dueling goals. The second half saw South score a stunning 25 yard chip of the Washburn goal keeper. South then sat on their heels under an enormous onslaught from Washburn. The Millers nearly equalized several times from crosses and play down the middle, but South held on to win 2-1.  The win also gave their Tigers the conference championship.  However, the championship was not without controversy.  The understanding among conference coaches was that if teams played twice in the season, the first game would be considered the conference game.  Originally, the first game South and Southwest played was supposed to be at Southwest, however, field conflicts moved that game, which was the conference game, to the end of the season.  Washburn believed the game hosted by South against Southwest, which South lost, was the conference game.  Washburn believed they won the conference.  After an Athletic Director meeting, it was decided South was the champion.

South finished the regular season with a 1-0 loss to Hastings and a 3-0 loss to Blake.

In the Region 6AA tournament, South opened against St. Louis Park.  The teams played to a 0-0 tie.  The game would be decided by a shoot-out.  South fell and their season ended.

South ended the season with a 6-9-1 overall record, but was 4-0-1 in the conference.  Five players were named to the All-Conference squad, Joe Branca, Steven Cortes, Fidel Diaz, Nathan Kange and Brian Medel.