Lady Tanagers split in Aberdeen

Lady Tanagers split in Aberdeen The Vermillion Tanager soccer squad traveled to Aberdeen Oct. 5 and posted a victory and a loss on the day. It was a tale of two teams, as the Tanagers fell to Pierre for the first time in team history and then rebounded later in the day to avenge a loss to Aberdeen from last season.

In their first match of the day, the Tanagers established the possession edge from the opening whistle only to give up a goal in the 10th minute on a quick transition attack that resulted in a fine cross and finish by Pierre. Six minutes later, the Tanagers again fell victim to the Pierre counter-attack and conceded a second goal on a shot from a cross in front of the goal.

Finding themselves down 3-0 at halftime, the Tanagers managed two second-half tallies on goals by Carly Bernard and Sandy Winckler but were unable to shut the door on Pierre and the match ended with a 5-2 victory for the Lady Governors.

Playing in cold and rainy conditions in the second contest with Aberdeen, the Tanagers faced a foe that had earned six victories on the season. The Golden Eagles featured their trademark offside trap on defense, and to their misfortune speedy striker Emma Erickson broke through in the fourth minute and beat the goalkeeper for the first Tanager goal.

Ten minutes later, Erickson was brought down in the penalty area and the ensuing kick was converted for a goal by midfielder Tara Job. A third Tanager goal was earned late in the half when midfielder Tasia Job made a fine far-post run to blast home a high cross from left-side midfielder Carly Bernard.

A second goal by Tasia Job in the second half, along with a goal by Aberdeen, resulted in a 4-1 Tanager victory.

"The ladies were extremely motivated to get a result in the second match," said Coach Jeff Pederson. "Whereas we had pretty consistently conceded the first goal of the match this season, scoring first against Aberdeen provided our players with the mental edge in this match."

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