After two wins on the opening weekend of the season, Vermillion's boys soccer team sustained a loss for the first time Saturday when Groton dominated the Tanagers at Cotton Park, 4-1.
Vermillion next takes its 2-1-0 record to Huron tonight (Friday) to face James Valley Christian, which also has won twice and lost once.
Meanwhile, the Tanager JV boys play not only at James Valley Christian tonight but also at Sioux Falls Christian at 9 a.m. Saturday and at home against Mitchell at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The varsity's next home game is next Thursday at 5 p.m. against Mitchell Christian.
The first nine minutes of Saturday morning's Groton match were played almost entirely on the Vermillion half of the field as the visiting Tigers applied constant offensive pressure. Their first goal came eight minutes into the game.
It became 2-0 with 19:49 left in the half as a header off a corner kick was deposited into the net.
Alex Robertson, who unofficially had 10 saves for the Tanagers, had one of his best at the 10:05 as he extended his right arm to send a Groton shot to the side of the net. But the Tigers put in another header with 8:29 left.
The only Vermillion goal came in the closing seconds of the first half when Nathan Samudzi converted a Tanner Settles assist to make it 3-1.
That was the extent of the Tanager offense, however, and Groton added an insurance goal at the 32:44 mark of the second half.