By Parker Knox
Because the high school soccer season is compacted into such a tight window of calendar time, the midway point of the season will be reached already this week as Vermillion's two teams return to action.
The only game involving a Tanager team last week saw the varsity girls sustaining a 7-0 shutout at the hands of Harrisburg at Cotton Park. But Coach Carlos Telleria's team will have a chance at redemption Tuesday when the VHS girls play the Tigers in a prime-time 8 p.m. game on Harrisburg's football stadium turf.
The Tanager girls, who were home last night (Thursday) against West Central, will next be at home Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. in a rematch against West Central.
Telleria's team defeated Sioux Falls Christian, 3-2, in their opener, a non-power points game, then lost to Belle Fourche 4-1, to Sturgis 2-1 and then to Harrisburg 7-0. Obviously, having been outscored 13-2 in power points games, the Tanagers need to shore up their defense and find more offensive punch with the last half of the season remaining before state tournament time.
Meanwhile, the Tanager boys, who were idle last week, take the first of two dreaded trips all the way to the Black Hills this weekend, opposing Hot Springs Friday night and Lead-Deadwood Saturday. Coach Curt Nelson's team, after winning its opener by forfeit over Custer, dominated Belle Fourche 8-0 and Huron 11-1.
The Hot Springs team they will face Friday stands at 1-0-1 while Lead-Deadwood's current record is 1-2-0.
The Tanager boys will next be at home Tuesday at 6:30 in Cotton Park against Harrisburg.