Tanager soccer team need wins to advance to state By Parker Knox
Sports Writer Vermillionâ�?�?s two varsity soccer teams face their final regular-season opponents this weekend, and both teamsâ�?�? state tournament lives depend on the results. The Tanager girls stand eighth among the nine Class â�?�?Aâ�? varsity teams, and only the top eight qualify for next weekâ�?�?s state tournament at Aberdeen.�? Vermillion has 49.30 standings points with a record of 0-6-2 while ninth-place Sturgis (0-4-1) is close behind at 48.13. Vermillion plays at Groton Saturday afternoon.�? The Tigers are standing in sixth place with a 1-1-3, so the Tanagers would appear to have a genuine shot at not only picking up their first victory but of also solidifying a state tourney berth. The girlsâ�?�? most recent contests were losses to Harrisburg 8-3, to Huron 5-1 and to West Central 6-0. The Tanager boysâ�?�? situation is a bit more critical because Vermillion currently stands ninth with 54.20, one slot out of state tourney qualification, with a record of 4-5-2. Vermillion has two good chances to secure wins this weekend, hoping to overtake eighth-place Huron (5-5-0) or seventh-place Hot Springs (6-5-0).�? The Tanagersâ�?�? opponents, both on the road, will be Mitchell Christian (1-10-0), currently ranked 13th, Friday night and Groton (2-9-0), standing at 11th, Saturday. The boysâ�?�? varsityâ�?�?s most recent outings resulted in a 2-2 deadlock with Harrisburg, a 2-1 win over Huron and a 4-0 loss to Freeman Academy. The boysâ�?�? JVs lost to Huron, 1-0, and defeated Freeman Academy, 6-0.