Boys win two, girls drop one in Tanager soccer action

Two weekend victories over Black Hills opponents lifted Vermillion's boys soccer varsity to a record of 3-2-1 and into sixth place among 15 teams in the state's Class "A" ranks.

The Tanagers dominated Douglas, 5-0, and edged Belle Fourche, 2-1. Meanwhile, the VHS girls soccer team lost their only game last week, a 6-3 decision at the hands of No. 1-seed Belle Fourche.

Both Vermillion teams play at Huron Friday night, the boys at 4 p.m. and the girls at 6 p.m. The boys also have a Tuesday game at home against Mitchell Christian at 6 p.m.

Tim Tigert gave VHS a 1-0 lead over Douglas when he used his head to send the ball from Tyler Osborne's corner kick into the net. The Tanagers kept the pressure on, missing three great scoring chances — one time the ball skipped just left of the post, the next time just to the right of the goal, and the third time just over the top.

But Alex Thoms jockeyed the Douglas goalkeeper out of position soon thereafter and blasted a host into a wide-open net for a 2-0 halftime lead. Levi James converted a penalty kick early in the second half. Tyler Osborne scored next off a cross from James. 

The persistent Vermillion offense continued, but the Douglas keeper made several good saves, especially on a pair of head-on close-range laser shots by Tigert and a shot by Austin Reich that rattled off the left post. Another James goal completed the scoring at 5-0. Alex Robertson kept Douglas off the scoreboard as the Tanagers' keeper.

On Saturday against Belle Fourche, James scored twice in the first half. The Broncs cut the lead in half with a second-half goal but couldn't get the tying goal off Robertson.

The girls' game against Belle was closer than the 6-3 indicates.  According to Coach Dave Lacombe, "We were within one goal of tying the match, and then they scored a couple goals from the outside. The girls never gave up."

Megan Bottolfson scored twice for Vermillion and Hannah Nehlich-Arobba once. Katie Wasley made nine saves in goal.

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