None of the Tanager boys soccer team's subsequent wins this season will come with as little effort as the first one.
Because Custer chose to forfeit games to Vermillion and Tea Area rather than make the long East River trip, the latter two teams each secured a victory in the state power point standings without taking the field. The forfeit win goes into the books as a 3-0 score.
The Tanager boys will try again tonight (Friday), hoping that Belle Fourche will show up for a 4:30 p.m. varsity match at Cotton Park. The Tanager girls teams will also play Belle Fourche with the JVs playing at 4:30 at the high school and the varsity taking on Belle at 6:30 at Cotton Park.
There will also be girls soccer action Saturday as VHS hosts Sturgis. The JVs play at 11 a.m. and the varsity at 1 p.m.
The Tanager boys JVs open their season next Tuesday at Harrisburg at 6 p.m.
Though soccer is a sport sanctioned by the South Dakota High School Activities Association for the first time this fall, only nine boys teams and seven girls teams are playing under the auspices of the SDHSAA and will all be compacted into one class, even though the school sizes range from Aberdeen Central and Sioux Falls O'Gorman to Sunshine Bible Academy.
Vermillion will be one of 22 boys teams and one of 17 girls teams playing as a club sport. Two classes of competition will culminate their seasons with a state tournament at Rapid City in October.