Sooner or later every season the Vermillion High soccer teams have to make one dreaded trip all the way to the Black Hills. The girls teams get that opportunity this weekend.
The Tanagers will have varsity and JV games at Sturgis this afternoon and at Belle Fourche Saturday morning. They return home Tuesday against Harrisburg with the JVs kicking off at 5 p.m. and the varsity at 7.
Vermillion evened its record to 1-1 with a 4-0 whitewashing of Huron at Cotton Park Saturday. Senior goalkeeper Katie Wasley had a strong game in the nets, recording 10 saves, including a dazzling dive to her left to get her fingertips on a would-be Huron goal and deflect it just past the left pole.
"It felt really good to win our first game," Coach Dave LaCombe stated. "The girls played well and continue to progress with our new formation."
LaCombe said the strong defensive effort was led by Hailey Freidel, Kortini Walker, Kelsey Meadows, Cheyenne Steemken, Cheyenne Mallory, Autumn Barnett and Shantel French.
Shelby Gregoire spun the ball past Huron's keeper with 23:07 left in the half. Three minutes later Allie Mockler made it 2-0 on an assist from Teddi Settles, whose shot drew the keeper away from the net, and the rebounding ball was punched home by Mockler. Walker scored from 35 yards out at the 9:50 mark.
Mackenzie Gale scored unassisted in the second half. Settles came close to a goal again late in the game, but the ball crashed off the right pole.