Fargo Davies

Fargo Davies' Yonas Adams jumps past Bismarck High's Mason Weigel during Friday's semifinal game at the North Dakota state soccer tournament in Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service
Fargo Davies' Yonas Adams jumps past Bismarck High's Mason Weigel during Friday's semifinal game at the North Dakota state soccer tournament in Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

Coach: Ian Costello (sixth season)

Last season: 13-2-2, first in Eastern Dakota Conference, second at state tournament

Who's gone: Noah Sahr, Ethan Olson, Conner Bosch, Grant Wiemken, Andy Thomas, Jack Olson, Mohammed Ali, Casey Haldis, Matthew Nemer, Brooks Brown, Christopher Schmidt, Joshua Anderson and Harrison Thom.

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Key returners: Yonas Adam, Jr., M; Pablo Nunez Perez, Jr., M; Eric Bimenyimana, Sr., F; Jack Anderson, Sr., D; Skyler Smeby, Sr., D.

Coach's comments: "After losing a large senior class from last year, there is a large opportunity for players to step up and contribute this year. The EDC this year will be a tight race from top to bottom. We expect to compete every game and not rely on past accomplishments."

Fargo North

Coach: Jace Duffield (third season)

Last season: 0-18

Who's gone: Jacob Trageton, Gabe Duncan, Stanley Yaya, Giancarlo Yanes-Martinez and Alex Janssen.

Key returners: Jacob Harmon, Sr., M; Jaden Zander, Sr., M; Tate Schloesser, Sr., M; Caden Headlee, Sr., F; Mason Taragos, Sr., D; Robert Ellingson, Sr., D; Logan Fletcher, Sr., M; Drew Nelson, Jr., G; Reece Dorsey, So., D.

Coach's comments: "We have a very experienced team in terms of minutes played on the varsity side. We will look to build around those experiences and take another step forward as a program."

Fargo Shanley

Fargo Shanley's Drew Beiswenger, right, returns this season for the Deacons. David Samson / The Forum
Fargo Shanley's Drew Beiswenger, right, returns this season for the Deacons. David Samson / The Forum

Coach: Ryan Christianson (fifth season)

Last season: 7-8-1

Who's gone: Luke Noah, Cam Hoff, Joe Mickelson, Kai Nellermoe and Noah Lantz.

Key returners: Owen Mears, Sr., D; Evan Reinholz, Sr., M; Jordan Miranda, Sr., M; Emmet Kenney, Jr., F; Kyle Stich, Jr., M; Jorgen Deitz, Sr., D; Brayden Altringer, Sr., F; Daniel Russell, Jr., M; Cole Jaeger, So., G; Jace Dew, Sr., D; Drew Beiswenger, So., M; Landon Odden, So., M; Kevin Gladitsch, Sr., F; Carter Jaeger, So., D.

Coach's comments: "We are returning 14 varsity players along with a large younger group coming in this season. This season will be a toss-up on who will be the top four teams going to state. Every game will be a challenge and we're just going to take it one game at a time."

Fargo South

Coach: Amer Vatres (sixth season)

Last season: 9-6-5, fifth at state tournament

Who's gone: Gabriel Borowicz, Jordan Reihe and Noah Johnson.

Key returners: Alvin Johnson, Sr., F; Taylor Lubungo, Jr., D; Nobin Gurung, Sr., M; Austin Scott, Sr., M.

Coach's comments: "Climbing up the ladder. We'd like to do better every year. I think we'll be better overall. As far as depth goes, we'll have more depth than last year. Hoping to make a run at the state tournament."

West Fargo

Coach: James Moe (seventh season)

Last season: 15-3-2, state champions

Who's gone: Daniel Collins (state's leading scorer), Telvin Vah (Gatorade Player of the Year), Lucas Simon, Jarin Entzi, Yussuf Mohamed, Tommy Klein, Zach Milbrandt and Ben Knudson.

Key returners: Nuradin Musa, Jr., M; Sabiti Morisho, Sr., F; Enoch Gartei, Sr., M; George Reeves, Sr. M.

Coach's comments: "It's going to be a fun season. Lots of talent, as do many of the schools in the state. The guys want even more after last year and want to leave their own mark in the state history for soccer. It's not easy to win back-to-back state championships, but that's what they are aiming for. We know that we will get the best from our opponents and we hope to use that to make ourselves better for a run at state."

West Fargo Sheyenne

Coach: Jon Melendez-Soloaga (fourth season)

Last season: 3-10-3

Who's gone: Patrick Smith and Damien Koering.

Key returners: Hussein Mohamed, Sr., M; Kai Black, Jr., M; Kayden Aberle, Jr., M; Seth Kotzbacher, Jr., D.

Coach's comments: "Last year we were pretty young. A lot of sophomores, freshman. Their experience last year was a big key. This year there's a lot of confidence knowing what they're playing against. The guys know, going through a year, our goal is to go to state and we're hungry to achieve it. We know our conference is very tough. So it's going to be how much we want it and how bad we want it."

Moorhead

Coach: Ben Patrie (third season)

Last season: 10-6-1

Who's gone: Alhasan Alomar, Parker Delorme and Daud Abdikadir.

Key returners: Caden Triggs, Sr., G; Yousif Alshimani, Jr., M; Saif Allawi, Jr., F; Liam Weiler, Jr., D.

Coach's comments: "Obviously, every year we're hoping to make it back to state. We have a team with a lot of cohesion, maybe not as much star talent as it has in the past, but I think our goal is to be more of a unit, play a little more faster in our midfield and be a little more efficient in our play."

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Moorhead

Lauren Hodny, right, of Moorhead congratulates Olivia Watson for her goal against Buffalo during their girls soccer game Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Lauren Hodny, right, of Moorhead congratulates Olivia Watson for her goal against Buffalo during their girls soccer game Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Coach: Nicole Wiesner (11th season)

Last season: 15-4, lost in the section championship game

Who's gone: Madeline Etter, Kylie Englund, Tyra Djaref, Izzy Grundstrom and Emma Etter.

Key returners: Lauren Hodny, Sr., F; Olivia Watson, Jr., F; Emily Soukup, Jr., G; Jenna Schroeder, Sr., D; Sana Ghauri, Sr., D; Chloe Strom, Jr., D; Elise McNab, Sr., D; Maria Zanotti, So., M; Liana Ulness, Jr., M; Summer Carlson, Jr., M; Jordan Nichols, Sr., M.

Coach's comments: "The Moorhead girls soccer team will be very strong all around this upcoming season. Offensively, with Lauren and Olivia playing forward, they combined for over half of our goals last season. We also have very athletic midfielders led by Maria, who tallied 11 assists last season. Our entire back line is returning. With three seniors Jenna, Elise, and Sana, along with Chloe, they have tons of experience. Finally, in my opinion, the best goalkeeper in the state Emily Soukup will be in net. Emily had a save percentage of 91% last season and eight shutouts. With all the tremendous talent returning to the team, we are excited to get this season going and make a run to be the section champions."