The longest road trip of the season resulted in a pair of Black Hills defeats for the Vermillion girls soccer team.
In what Coach Dave LaCombe called "two tough, aggressive battles," the Tanagers lost at Sturgis, 6-2, and at Belle Fourche, 3-0.
Shelby Gregoire and Teddi Settles scored unassisted goals in the Sturgis loss. The Tanagers lost four starters to injuries or illness during the contest. Katie Wasley played tough in goal with 14 saves.
Five starters were not in action at Belle Fourche. "We kept the game close with a new formation and having to bring JV players in to help," LaCombe said. "The girls played much better compared to Sturgis."
In JV action Vermillion lost to Sturgis, 1-0, and drew with Belle Fourche, 2-2. Goals were scored in the latter game by Natalie Hertz and Maddie Regnerus.
Meanwhile, the boys varsity tied James Valley Christian, 2-2, at Huron Friday night. Nate Samudzi scored shortly after halftime on an assist from Tanner Settles for the first VHS goal. Andrew Kost scored off a blocked shot at the 18:00 mark to tie the score.
The girls varsity, standing at 1-3 through last weekend, goes to Groton for a 1 p.m. game Saturday with a JV match to follow. On Monday the varsity goes to Sioux Falls Christian for a 6 p.m. game.
The boys varsity take a record of 2-1-1 through last weekend to Huron for a 1 p.m. Saturday game against the Tigers.