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Thursday, October 30, 2008
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St. Louis Park

Boys AA Final - Osseo rolls to first title

By Staff Reports

The Story Line: After being knocked back on their heels' just 4-minutes into the match, Osseo ripped off 4-unanswered goals to defeat St. Louis Park in the Boys' 2A final and claim their first state title.  Adam Wieckert headed home a nice cross from Lekpea Kordah to put St. Louis Park up in the battle of the Orioles', but they wouldn't find the back of the net for the rest of the game.  Osseo got things cranked up at the midway point of the first half.  Off a corner kick, John Nuefville settled the ball and then put it past Park goalie Harry Ullmann from 10-yards out.  It was tied at the half, and St. Louis Park had the upper hand to start the second half, but that didn't last long.  Ahmad Bah put Osseo ahead for good in the 46th minute when he cut the ball back and created just enough space to direct a shot from 16-yards out past Ullmann at the near post.  Nuefville added his second goal of the match less than 10-minutes later when he collected the ball at the top left edge of the box, created a little window and fired a low shot into the far corner.  Albert Sims finished the scoring when he finished off a pretty play in the 69th minute.  This is the second time St. Louis Park had finished runner-up, the other coming in 2005 in Class A.
Stars of the Game:
The Minnesota Army National Guard selects our Two Stars of the Game

John Nuefville
2 goals, including the first for Osseo which tied the match and sent them on their way

Lekpea Kordah
St. Louis Park
1 assist, and was a constant threat from the flank
For more information on The Guards go to http://www.1800goguard.com/
The Box Score:
Fouls - 7
Corner Kicks - 5
John Nuefville 2 goals, 4 shots, 3 on goal
Patrick Amoako 1 goal allowed, 9 saves
St. Louis Park
Adam Wieckert 1 goal
Andrew Johnson 3 shots, all on goal
Lekpea Kordah 1 assist, 2 shots, both on goal
The Quote:
Scott Smith, Osseo Head Coach on winning the state title in his first year with the team:  "An assistant coach said 'So what do we do now coach - go undefeated?' and I said I don't know.  We'll do our best.  We have some good under-classmen coming up, but I won't guarantee any state championships, but we're going to have a good team." 
The Interview:
Click here for Scott Smith, Osseo Head Coach
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