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2014-2015 School Year
2014-2015 Varsity Team Photo: Players names were not listed in the 2014 South Yearbook.

As with any new season, expectations are high.  There is nervousness.  The nervousness was added because a new head coach took over the reins of the South soccer program.  That new coach however, was not really new.  Patrick Bartel, the new head coach, was an assistant coach for the past four seasons, so the players were very familiar with him.

The Tigers opened with four tough non-conference opponents.  Against Bloomington Jefferson, the Tigers lost a heart-breaker, 1-0.  Another tough loss followed with a 2-1 defeat by St. Louis Park.  The losses continued to pile up, when East Ridge beat South 2-1.  The team was deflated when they took on Wayzata and lost 3-1.

South hoped to bounce back as they opened the conference season, Roosevelt and South played an even game except for one goal.  South won their first game of the season 1-0.  The Tigers were completely healthy when they destroyed Henry, 10-0.

South stepped out of the conference for a game against Minnehaha Academy.  The Tigers won their first non-conference game 2-1.

The next four games were against conference foes.  South edged Washburn 1-0.  Edison gave the Tigers all they could handle, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.  Southwest, the perennial thorn in the Tigers paw, handed South their first conference loss, 3-1.

The last non-conference game of the season was against DeLaSalle.  Another close game saw the Tiger fall 1-0.

The last two conference games were disappointing losses.  Southwest beat the Tigers for the second time, 2-1.  Washburn also handed the Tigers a loss, 3-1.

In the Region 6AA Tournament, South opened with a close 1-0 win over Hopkins.  The Tigers’ season ended with a 2-1 loss to St. Louis Park.

South finished in third place in the Minneapolis City Conference with a 4-3-1 record.  Overall, the Tigers were 6-9-1. The last time the Tigers had a losing season was during the 1990-91 school year. Three players were named to the All-Conference team.  Ethan Cassut, Aden Samatar, and Cullen Wagner, all seniors, took home All-Conference honors.

This year’s assistant coaches were Arinze “Ace” Erizkel, Joshua Fisher, Derric Johnson and Saul Rosales.