Soccer will be king at Cotton Park this weekend as the Tanager boys and girls varsity teams both host a pair of Black Hills opponents.
Sturgis provides the opposition Friday night with the girls' game at 4 p.m. and the boys game at 6. On Saturday it's St. Thomas More of Rapid City coming to Vermillion. The girls kick off at 11 a.m., and the boys play at 1 p.m.
In the case of the Tanager girls, it will be the two-time defending state "A" champions they face Saturday. St. Thomas More is right on target to make it a three-peat because they stood at 6-0 through last weekend. The Sturgis girls coming on Friday were 2-3-1 through last weekend.
It's the Sturgis boys who are on a tear so far this season. The Scoopers were finally beaten Tuesday, 5-1 by Custer, but they are still impressive at 8-1-1 and had allowed only two goals in nine games until Tuesday The St. Thomas More boys are winless at 0-6-1.
Last week the Tanager girls emerged from Sioux Falls with a 1-1 tie with Christian. Down 1-0 at halftime, Vermillion dominated the second half but still could score only one goal, that by Hannah Nehlich-Arobba.
A road trip to Huron resulted in a 4-1 win for the Tanager girls, Vermillion's first power-points victory of the year.
"This was definitely the boost we needed," said Coach Dave Lacombe.
Vermillion outshot Huron 12-3. Megan Bottolfson scored early on Hannah Nehlich-Arobba's assist. Sophie Nehlich-Arobba took a Morgan Erickson pass and converted it to a goal. Hannah scored again for a 3-1 halftime lead. Tori Gregoire provided an insurance goal in the second half.
"The girls played and communicated well," LaCombe said. "We are improving each game."
The Tanager boys had a scoreless week, losing at Sioux Falls Christian, 2-0, and dropping a 3-0 game at Huron.