Tanager soccer team defeats S.F. Washington The Vermillion Tanagers high school soccer team pushed its record to 5-2 with a 3-0 victory over Sioux Falls Washington Tuesday night at Cotton Park. The shutout was the fourth for the team, as the Tanagers have outscored opponents by a combined 25 goals at 10.
The Tanagers dominated the attack throughout the match, with devastating crossing passes into the penalty area from both sides. Midfielder Tressa Olson created multiple scoring opportunities from the left side, and kept pressure on the Washington goal throughout the match. Kelly Peterson scored the first goal with a corner kick that bounced off the post and directly into the net. Following a 1-0 halftime lead, midfielder Nicole Pedersen found the net with a blast from 20 yards out. The Tanager scoring was completed when Peterson netted a penalty kick that was awarded when striker Mary Nelson was taken down in the box by a Washington defender.
Commenting on the Tanager defense, Coach Jeff Pederson said, "We can defend any team in the state at this point, and I only see our team improving on both sides of the ball. Sophomores Jena Gilkyson, Mandy Winckler, and Brittany Sand have really stepped up to make it extremely difficult for opposing teams to penetrate our back third.
"With speedsters Elly Kjose and Amy Petekavich on the backline, we have the ability to recover and chase players down if need be," Pederson added.
Last weekend in Pierre, the Tanagers handed losses to both Pierre and Mitchell, by scores of 6-1 and 5-0, respectively. On August 24, the Tanagers mauled the Yankton Gazelles by a score of 3-0 in a game where the Tanagers outshot the Gazelles 18-2. Scoring for the Tanagers against the Gazelles were Kelly Peterson with two, and Tressa Olson with one.
Next action for the Tanagers is an exhibition match with the Sioux City Patriots on Sept. 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Cotton Park.