FERGUS FALLS -- Despite a 4-1 loss the Brainerd Warriors boys' soccer team looks to be ahead of schedule or at least ahead of last year.
The Warriors kept it close against one of the best teams in the state Fergus Falls going into the half with a 1-1 tie Thursday.
Brainerd scored first with a goal by Jason Roberts at the five minute mark but never saw the back of the goal again.
"We came out and played very well in the beginning," said Brainerd head coach David Devine. "I was pleased with the first half overall. "Unfortunately, we had a little lapse with the two quick goals in the beginning. Our goalie Kevin Sexton kept us in the game and played very well."
Brainerd only managed six shots on goal to Fergus Falls' 17 shots.
Brainerd 1 0 -- 1
Fergus 1 3 -- 4
First half -- 1, B. Jason Roberts 5:00 (penalty kick) 2, FF Matt Jensen 32:00.
Second half -- 3, FF Matt Haws 46:00, 4, FF Andy Mathison 48:00, 5, FF Brandon Kelman 73:00.
Shots on goal (by halves) -- B- 2 4 -- 6, FF - 9 8 -- 17
Goaltenders -- B-Kevin Sexton (13 saves), FF-Nick Pickett (5 saves)
Overall -- 0-1. Next game -- Brainerd at Willmar Thursday at 5 p.m.
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