A strong St. Thomas More girls soccer team from Rapid City conquered East River last weekend, defeating the Tanagers in Vermillion Saturday morning, 8-0, after winning at Freeman Academy the night before, 9-0.
"St. Thomas More put a lot of pressure on us, outshooting us on shots on goal," said Coach Dave LaCombe about his team's season opener. "We played very well in the first 15 minutes of the game, and then we seemed to lose our focus."
Twelve minutes into the game, Tanager goalkeeper Katie Wasley made a beautiful save, tipping the ball up and over the crossbar, but the Cavaliers kept applying the pressure and found the net 25 seconds later on a header off a corner kick. Their lead increased to 4-0 by halftime, and STM matched that offensive output in the final 45 minutes.
Wasley, nevertheless, had a good game of 11 saves in the net. Haley Friedel relieved Wasley in the closing minutes and recorded a save of her own.
St. Thomas More won the JV match, 6-1. Madison Regnerus scored her first goal as a JV player for Vermillion's point.
Huron comes to Cotton Park for a varsity game at 1 p.m. Saturday.