Gators compete in Kohl’s American Cup

Gators compete in Kohl's American Cup
Five Vermillion soccer teams participated in the Kohl's American Cup Tournament held in Sioux Falls on June 1 through June 4. Playing in the U-12 Girls Division, the Vermillion Gators won their games against the DeSmet Blue Ice 8-1 and the Sioux Falls Midwest Line X 2-1.

The Gators lost a hard fought game to Groton Galaxy 2-0. In the final game, Vermillion Gators fell to the Yankton Ultra 1-0 in overtime.

"The girl's played great!" coach Tim Gale said. "They played complete games, with good passes, good shots on goal, good positioning."


The girls participating in the tournament were: Kelsey Abbey, Brynn Albers, Rachel Axtell, Julia Blue Arm, Kara Brodsky, Jaden Deal, Mikaela French, Mackenzie Gale, Blair Gilkyson, Allison Howe, Kelsey Meadows, Kelsey Nemec, Abby Ouellette, Rory Tucker and Kortni Walker.

Two U12 boys' teams also participated in the tournament, playing under very rainy conditions. Vermillion Red lost to Sioux Falls Dairy Queen 4-2, Rapid City Goal Busters 6-4 and Pierre Wieczorek 2-1.

They finished their tournament with a strong win against Sioux Falls Davita Metros 4-1.

The players on Vermillion Black, coached by Brad James, were Michael Brunick, Austin Druin, Jackson Gleason, Benjamin Houser, Ethan James, Clayton Larson, Chris Lubbers, Seth Miller, Seth Petra, Alex Robertson and Riley Schaap.

The other U12 boys' team, Vermillion Black, won against the Wessington Springs Spartans 8-1 and lost to the Sioux Falls Predators 3-1 and the Yankton Dominators 4-1, who were division champions. The Vermillion Black team finished the tournament with a third place win in their division against Sioux Falls Dairy Queen 11-2.

Coach Dave Day commented that the team's achievements were remarkable as the team played with only eight boys and no substitutes.

Coach Day said, "Our defense was lead by Christian Wasley, at goalkeeper. The defensive line was anchored by Michael Sand, with Matthew Moore and David Day. There was good defensive help from Andrew Jensen and Nate Steinmeyer. Our offense was lead by Tanner Settles, especially in the last game. Tanner Anderson also played a great offensive game, particularly with some centering passes.

"In the last game, Michael, David, and Matthew also scored. In the fourth game, the boys scored on two corner kicks (kicked by Michael Sand and David Day). I hope the boys, and parents, understand why we would practice these special plays every practice," coach Day said. "Playing with no substitutes, the boys saved their best game for the end. The boys, and the players from Vermillion Red, have a great future in soccer."

Also playing were Vermillion's U19 Boys and U19 Girls teams. The Vermillion Tanager girls finished third in their division by beating Rapid City Avalanche 3-1. They won games against Huron and Watertown. Their only loss was to Yankton.

The Vermillion Tanager boys won two games against the Sioux Falls Streak 6-4 and the Sioux Falls Alliance 7-1. They fell to the Groton Rebels 3-2 and, in the final game, lost to Huron 5-3.

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