Vermillion girls’ soccer hosted Sioux Falls Christian last Thursday during homecoming week. The Tanagers were 1-4-1 going into the game against the 3-1-1 Chargers.
Vermillion won with a last-second goal 2-1.
The game was even throughout the first half. The Tanagers took two shots in the first 40 minutes, and SFC took 10 despite Vermillion maintaining consistent possession.
The Tanagers took control in the second half when freshman Megan Brady dribbled down and scored the first goal of the game at 54’ from the right corner of the goal box.
In the final 10 minutes of the game, SFC drew a foul on Vermillion in the penalty box. The opponents took advantage of the penalty kick, scoring at 71’ to tie the game 1-1.
The final minutes remained a battle as each team wanted to come away with the win.
“I had a huge rush of adrenaline pumping through me,” said senior Kenzie Mockler. “I wanted to do anything I could to finish out the game as hard as I could.”
The game was entering its final minute, and the Tanagers had the ball on SFC’s end of the field.
“As soon as I saw the throw-in, to the header that let me take the shot, I knew it was going to be a good moment,” said Mockler.
The fans were counting down the final seconds as the ball bounced around in the opponent’s penalty box. Mockler got a foot on the ball and sent it to the back of the net with one second remaining.
“Once I saw the shot go in, my head was spinning, and I was overjoyed,” said Mockler. “It’s definitely going to be a moment I’ll never forget. My team worked so hard for it, and everyone was so happy.”
SFC could not come back in one second, leading to a 2-1 Tanager win.
The competition had 17 total shots taken throughout the game. Vermillion goalkeeper, senior Riley Gautier, recorded six saves.
The Tanagers had taken eight shots against SFC, three by Brady.
Vermillion looks to carry this momentum, especially as they host their next three games.
“I think as long as we keep our energy and effort up for the next games—just like we did against SFC—I think we will come out of the games with our heads held high,” said Mockler. “I think we will be really proud of the effort we gave as long as our energy is up.”
Vermillion will host Dakota Valley at the high school’s Rollie French Field Monday at 5 p.m.