Tanager soccer third at state tourney

Boys Soccer

The Vermillion boys’ soccer team brought home the third place trophy from the state tournament in Sioux Falls last weekend. Members are (front) Logan Bendesky, Wyatt Loftus, Joel Druin, Andrew Callahan, Josh Prescott, Joe Miller, James May, Nathan Samudzi, Tristan Meadows, Nate Robertson, Nick Lubbers, Ross Dahlhoff; and (back) Coach Ben Mollman, Alec Leber, Matt Noteboom, Daniel Robinson, Austin Druin, James Bulter, Jeff Galvin, Matthew Wasley, Sam Tigert, Seth Druin, Ethan James, Coach Curt Nelson.
(Photo courtesy of Sue Galvin)

 

Members of the Vermillion girls’ soccer team, which which placed third in the Division A state tournament last weekend, are (front) Shantel French, Tori Gregoire, Allie Mockler, Mackenzie Gale, Autumn Barnett, Hailey Freidel, Natasha Samudzi; (center) Kinsey James, Elizabeth Butler, Katie Kost, Rebecca Brewer, Cheyenne Mallory, Mady Gregoire, Sowmya Ragothaman, Natalie Hertz, Bailey Gale, Kara Mulheron, and (back) Coach Jayme Mulheron, Coach Carlos Telleria, Madelyn Zevecke, Abril Telleria, Makenna Druecker, Madyson Gilbertson, MaKenna Koble, Kayla Mulheron, Maddy Regnerus, and Assistant Coach Kelly Herbster. Not pictured: Teddi Settles, Jaida Anderson, Sophia Taggart, and Athletic Trainer Andrea Wood.  (Photo courtesy of Kari Jo James)

Members of the Vermillion girls’ soccer team, which which placed third in the Division A state tournament last weekend, are (front) Shantel French, Tori Gregoire, Allie Mockler, Mackenzie Gale, Autumn Barnett, Hailey Freidel, Natasha Samudzi; (center) Kinsey James, Elizabeth Butler, Katie Kost, Rebecca Brewer, Cheyenne Mallory, Mady Gregoire, Sowmya Ragothaman, Natalie Hertz, Bailey Gale, Kara Mulheron, and (back) Coach Jayme Mulheron, Coach Carlos Telleria, Madelyn Zevecke, Abril Telleria, Makenna Druecker, Madyson Gilbertson, MaKenna Koble, Kayla Mulheron, Maddy Regnerus, and Assistant Coach Kelly Herbster. Not pictured: Teddi Settles, Jaida Anderson, Sophia Taggart, and Athletic Trainer Andrea Wood.
(Photo courtesy of Kari Jo James)

Both the Vermillion Tanager boys’ and girls’ soccer teams earned third place at the state tournament Friday and Saturday in Sioux Falls. Even though the results are the same for each team, their journeys were distinctive mainly with the teams they played.

The boys’ team was seeded third in the tournament. They suffered a lost to second seeded Belle Fourche 2-1 on Friday. They rebounded for a 2-1 victory over Sturgis on Saturday, giving the Tanagers the third place trophy.

The girls’ team was seeded second in the tournament, and suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to West Central (eventual champs) on Friday. “Vermillion had at least five clear chances to score when the game was 0-0 and then 1-1,” said coach Carlos Telleria, “yet we has some misfortune in the finishing line. That was capitalized by West Central with a goal in a counterattack three minutes before the regulation time.” During the season, Vermillion defeated West Central 1-0 in both Vermillion and Sioux Falls, which proves that the teams are in a similar soccer level.

They came back on Saturday to secure the third place trophy with a 3-1 victory over Sturgis.

“The game in the tournament was a highly physical game,” said Telleria, “but Vermillion prevailed in the last 20 minutes of the match with a collective play that counteracted the speed and aggressiveness of the opponent, and ended up with three beautiful collective play goals by Tori Gregoire (2) and Natasha Samudzi (1).”

With a very young team, they have a very promising future.

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