Eight solid hours of soccer here Saturday

Fans who are up for it have the chance to watch eight solid hours of high school soccer at Cotton Park Saturday as Tanager teams observe Parents Day.

For the boys teams it will be the final games of the regular season when the varsity hosts Sturgis at 5 p.m. and the JVs play Douglas at 1 p.m.

The JV girls get the day started against Mitchell at 11 a.m., and the varsity girls play the Kernels at 3 p.m.

The boys varsity stands fifth in the state standings with a record of five wins, two losses and one tie.  The Tanagers are assured of hosting their state tournament play-in game.  In Class "A" boys soccer No. 16 plays at No. 1, No. 15 at No. 2, etc., and the winners of those eight play-in games advance to the state tournament in Mitchell Oct. 6-8.  The Sturgis team coming to town Saturday is currently eighth with a 2-3-2 record.

The Tanager girls varsity, with a record of one win, five losses and a tie, will have to play a state tournament play-in game to get there.  In Class "A" girls soccer the top six teams automatically advance directly to the state tournament, but No. 9 has to play at No. 8 and No. 10 at No. 7 in a pair of play-in games.  Right now Vermillion is tied for eighth and will face a Mitchell team that has a record of 2-6-0.

The girls teams will play again Tuesday at home against West Central with the JVs at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity at 6 p.m.  The West Central varsity is the state's No. 1 team with a perfect 7-0-0 record.

The Tanager girls tied Sioux Falls Christian, 1-1, last week.  Down 1-0 early in the second half, Vermillion got the equalizer on a goal by Mackenzie Gale off a pass from Shelby Gregoire.

Coach Dave LaCombe's team was still in rough shape physically with four starters either not in action at all or playing hurt.

 The boys varsity took its West River trip and found goals to be as numerous as prairie dogs and pine trees.  Vermillion won at Chamberlain, 12-0, Friday, then went on to Lead-Deadwood and won there by an 8-2 count.

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