U-19 girls’ soccer team defeats Yankton

U-19 girls' soccer team defeats Yankton The U-19 girls' soccer team defeated the Yankton U-16 A team by a score of 3-2 last Sunday in Yankton. The Vermillion ladies, playing with the assistance of several younger players, prevailed in the heat despite having no substitues available during the match.

Vermillion opened the scoring when a penalty was awarded after one of its players was brought down in the penalty area. Lana Johnson calmly stepped up to the spot and deposited the ball into the back of the old onion bag to make the score 1-0. After giving up a Yankton goal, Vermillion took a 2-1 lead into halftime when striker Tammy Stempel slammed a beautiful volley shot into goal off a left-sided cross by midfielder Carly Bernard.

Yankton tied the score early in the second half with a wind-aided goal that spun into the path of a Yankton striker after a bobbled clearance by Vermillion. The winning goal for Vermillion came from a 30-yard shot into an open net when right-winger Dannie Weydert found the Yankton defense slanted heavily to the far side of the goal.

Goalkeeper Katie McNeely made several saves under heavy pressure late in the match, including a brilliant deflection of a smash over the crossbar in the final minute.

Yankton visits Vermillion next Sunday at Cotton Park at 4 p.m. The U-16 girls are in action the same day at 1 p.m. at Cotton Park against the Yankton U-16 B team. The public is invited to both matches.

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