Sooner or later every season a road trip to the Black Hills faces an East River team. For the Vermillion varsity boys it happens this weekend.
The Tanagers go halfway west for a 4 p.m. Friday game at Chamberlain, then go on to Lead-Deadwood for a 1 p.m. Saturday match. They will also be in action Tuesday at Harrisburg with the JVs playing at 6 and the varsity at 8.
Vermillion's record dropped to three wins, two losses and a tie Saturday when the Tanagers lost at Huron, 6-0.
Two nights earlier Vermillion had dealt a 9-1 drubbing to Mitchell Christian at Cotton Park. Alex Robertson had an unofficial six saves in goal for the Tanagers, and Brett Hansen took over for the final two minutes and faced no shots.
Nate Samudzi started the scoring avalanche eight minutes into the game. Then Tanner Settles took over, scoring first off an Andrew Kost corner kick. By halftime Settles had scored three more times, once off another Kost assist and once on an Ethan James assist.
James started the second half by scoring on a free kick awarded after Samudzi had been tackled inside the box on a one-on-one drive to the goal. Samudzi himself made it 7-0 with a host into the left corner off the Christian keeper's fingertips. Moments later, when Settles' shot was bobbled by the keeper, Samudzi was there to slam it home.
After MCHS scored its only goal at the 28:15 mark of the second half, Samudzi answered in less than a minute to finish the scoring.