WEST FARGO — West Fargo Sheyenne held just a one-goal lead when a player was handed a red card late in the game Tuesday. The Mustangs played the final 20 minutes of the North Dakota state boys soccer quarterfinal against Minot down a player.

The East No. 1 seed Mustangs battled until the buzzer sounded to notch a 2-1 win over No. 4 West seed Minot (10-4-2). With the win, Sheyenne (11-0-4) remains unbeaten, and advances to the semifinals at noon Friday, Oct. 9, against second-seeded Bismarck Century.

“The state tournament is a new season. It’s a short week. You have to prepare for every opponent,” Sheyenne head coach Jon Melendez-Soloaga said. “Minot is an outstanding team. They battled until the end. That last 20 minutes with 10 men, it was hard, but (our) boys stuck it out. They worked hard and knew what they needed to do.”

The Mustangs were given a red card at the 20-minute mark in the second half that left them to finish the game with 10 men on the field at Essentia Health Mustang Stadium.

West Fargo Sheyenne's Abraham Kollie maneuvers to score against Minot during their North Dakota state soccer tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday, Oct. 6, at West Fargo Sheyenne.
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West Fargo Sheyenne's Abraham Kollie maneuvers to score against Minot during their North Dakota state soccer tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday, Oct. 6, at West Fargo Sheyenne. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

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“It feels good,” Sheyenne senior Kayden Aberle said. “We came back from a 1-0 deficit and played with one man down and still came out with a win. We never gave up, we just kept going. We faced a lot of adversity through the game and we never gave up."

Minot got an early push just under nine minutes in after Sheyenne senior Seth Kotzbacher received his first yellow card. Walter Markle found the back of the net on the awarded penalty kick to pull the Magicians out front.

Melendez-Soloaga didn't sweat the score.

"(I was thinking) that we were going to come back and win it," Melendez-Soloaga said. "That was in the back of my mind because I know these boys, and they were not going to sit tight and just lose the game like that."

West Fargo Sheyenne's Kayden Aberle, left, reaches past Minot's Walter Markle to get a boot on the ball during their North Dakota state soccer tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday, Oct. 6, at West Fargo Sheyenne.
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West Fargo Sheyenne's Kayden Aberle, left, reaches past Minot's Walter Markle to get a boot on the ball during their North Dakota state soccer tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday, Oct. 6, at West Fargo Sheyenne. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The Mustangs thought they had a goal off a corner kick four minutes later, but it was called back.

"It was kind of a wake-up call for the team," Aberle said on the first 20 minutes. "We weren’t really expecting that. But we weren’t really that worried though. We were still confident we could come back."

Anas Mohamed created some prime scoring chances for Sheyenne with a pair of centering passes midway through the half, but none found the back of the net. The Mustangs connected a couple minutes later thanks to an Aberle goal assisted by Abraham Kollie Jr. that sailed over Minot goalkeeper JJ Dufner's head.

The same Sheyenne tandem attacked for a second first-half goal. Aberle ran up the field and fed the ball to Kollie Jr., who launched the ball over Dufner's left shoulder and into the back of the net.

West Fargo Sheyenne's Derrick Lobbo makes a run at Minot's J.J. Dufner during their North Dakota state soccer tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday, Oct. 6, at West Fargo Sheyenne.
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West Fargo Sheyenne's Derrick Lobbo makes a run at Minot's J.J. Dufner during their North Dakota state soccer tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday, Oct. 6, at West Fargo Sheyenne. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

"We played together as a team and that was the result we were wishing for and we got it," Kollie Jr. said. "We just have to focus on the next one."

Down a goal, the Magicians leaned on their defense and threw in a few counterattacks.

Minot tried to generate some offense with some long balls up the field, but Sheyenne kept the pressure on to preserve the one-goal lead. The Mustangs had drilled 15 shots to Minot's 8 around the 65-minute mark.

West Fargo Sheyenne's Mohamed Mohamed, right, advances against Minot during their North Dakota state soccer tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday, Oct. 6, at West Fargo Sheyenne.
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West Fargo Sheyenne's Mohamed Mohamed, right, advances against Minot during their North Dakota state soccer tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday, Oct. 6, at West Fargo Sheyenne. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

With the one-man advantage, the Magicians had more possession in the second half. Minot had a few corner kick opportunities in a 15-minute span, but none shook the net.

Melendez-Soloaga was pleased with how his team executed the game plan against the unfamiliar opponent. Minot and Sheyenne had never faced each other before Tuesday's quarterfinal.

"The passing, the movement of the players, moving the ball where we wanted to — that's what we wanted to do," he said.

West Fargo Sheyenne's Jackson Kuznia, right, evades Minot's Kameron Foley during their North Dakota state soccer tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday, Oct. 6, at West Fargo Sheyenne.
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West Fargo Sheyenne's Jackson Kuznia, right, evades Minot's Kameron Foley during their North Dakota state soccer tournament quarterfinal game Tuesday, Oct. 6, at West Fargo Sheyenne. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor