Tanager girls’ soccer earns 11th season win

Tanager girls' soccer earns 11th season win The Tanagers earned their 11 victory of the season with a 2-0 defeat of the Yankton Gazelles last Saturday in Aberdeen.

Seniors Kelly Peterson and Lana Johnson provided the scoring for the Tanagers with one goal apiece. Peterson converted a long free kick in the first half, while Johnson added a blast into the net from 22 yards out late in the second half.

The Tanagers once again proved stingy on defense, allowing Yankton only five shots during the match. The shutout was earned despite playing one player down for 75 minutes after the referee erroneously sent off defender Elly Kjose for an illegal substitution early in the match.

Playing their second match of the day, the Tanagers faced a determined Aberdeen Central team and struggled to a 3-3 tie. With Kjose ineligible, and with a game-ending injury to Amy Petekavich in the 16 minute, the Tanagers found difficulty responding to the Aberdeen attack without the presence of the dynamic defensive duo.

Midfielder Nicole Pedersen slid a goal pass the Aberdeen keeper with 8 minutes remaining in the match to gain a 3-2 lead for the Tanagers. Aberdeen tied the match three minutes later on a free kick into the net from just outside of the penalty area. Sandy Winckler, an eighth-grader, scored the first two goals for the Tanagers.

"The actions of the referee in our first match were totally reprehensible, and the red card given to Kjose can only be described as a sad happening for high school soccer," said Coach Jeff Pederson. "Actions like that are hard to explain to the team, and there was definitely some residual effect from that event in our second match."

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