Tanager girls' soccer defeats Chargers 5-1 By: Parker Knox
Sports Writer Head coach Dave LaCombe wasnâ�?�?t sure just what to expect as his young Vermillion High School girlsâ�?�? soccer team headed to Sioux Falls Christian for the season opener Saturday morning, but he was pleased at what he saw. The Tanagers got an early jump on the Chargers and went on to a 5-1 victory in a game which does not count in the power point system that will determine postseason tournament seedings. â�?�?We still have some things to work on as we prepare for our biggest match against St. Thomas More,â�? LaCombe said.�? Vermillion plays the defending state champions in Rapid City Friday.�? Next week the Tanagers have to make the cross-state trip again to take on Sturgis and Belle Fourche. â�?�?Offensively we outplayed the Chargers,â�? LaCombe noted.�? â�?�?We outshot them 4-1 and had a 3-1 advantage on corner kicks.â�? Hannah Nelich-Arobba scored the seasonâ�?�?s initial goal off a header from a cross from Morgan Erickson.�? A cross from Ashley Brunick resulted in Nelich-Arobbaâ�?�?s second goal, and the Tanagers led at halftime, 2-1. Goals by Brunick and Erickson gave Vermillion breathing room in the second half.�? The fifth Tanager score was an own goal knocked in by a Christian player. Tascha Donnelly started in goal for the Tanagers and had three saves.�? Jordyn Mockler had one save in the second half when she took over keeper duties. On the defensive side of the ledger, Angie Christensen, Tracy Howe, Lacey Leichtman and Shelby Gregoire played strong defensively, according to LaCombe.�? He said Sara Kjose and Sophie Nelich-Arobba played very strong in the midfield.