Soccer is king this weekend at Cotton Park

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.

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