U-19 girls’ soccer team undefeated in state cup

U-19 girls' soccer team undefeated in state cup The Vermillion U-19 girls soccer team posted a record of two victories and one tie in the Tide American Cup State Tournament last weekend in Rapid City. The team narrowly missed a berth in the championship match due to a tie-breaker process that favored Sioux Falls.

In the opening match of the tournament, Vermillion defeated host Rapid City by a score of 2-1 on goals by Courtney Nelson and Maria Iles. The girls held Rapid City scoreless until the final 10 minutes with stellar play by defensive backs Lana Johnson, Tressa Olson, Kelly Peterson, and Jessica Meyer. Katie McNeely was in goals for the Tanagers in the match.

The second match found Vermillion matched with a powerful Sioux Falls #2 team. Playing without injured midfielders Kayla Larson and Kristy Cody, Vermillion was forced to compete with only one substitute available.

In a close contest that was characterized by physical play and tight midfield possession, Sioux Falls took a 1-0 lead into halftime on a tainted goal scored when two Sioux Falls strikers crashed into goalkeeper McNeely after she had gained possession of the ball. Vermillion scored midway through the second half on a goal by Tammy Stempel, and held on for a 1-1 tie.

Facing Sturgis in the third match, Vermillion completely dominated play and cruised to a 7-0 victory. Peterson and Tammy Stempel scored three goals apiece, and Cody added one goal. Johnson was credited with two assists with crosses sent in from her right wing position. Olson and Meyer again held down the defense with goalkeeper McNeely to earn the shutout.

For the tournament, Vermillion scored 10 goals while giving up only two.

"It was all in all a very good showing for our team," Coach Jeff Pederson said. "It was frustrating for our girls to play so well and not advance, but realistically we were not in real good shape to play another game against a strong team."

"Two wins and a tie in the A Division is an accomplishment that we are very proud of," he added.

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