Class A soccer in Minnesota is potentially the most population diverse sport in the state. Take, for example, tonight's match-up. Pelican Rapids High School is the smallest public school in MN with a soccer program and has a 10th-12th grade enrollment listed on the MSHSL website of 209 students. Tonight, they faced off against the fourth largest school in Class A soccer, the Bemidji Lumberjacks, with a 10th-12th grade enrollment of 1,216 students. Roughly half of the population of the city of Pelican Rapids would be the equivalent of the opponent's High School.
Additionally, in five previous meetings between the two teams, the Lumberjacks have won all contests, outscoring the Vikings 21-1 over the five matches, including a 7-0 beating of the Vikings last season. Regardless of all these pre-game metrics, Pelican Rapids was not afraid ahead of the match.