Vermillion girls’ soccer played the top team in Class A, undefeated Tea Area (8-0-1), at home last Thursday.
“Our game against Tea resulted in a lot of back-and-forth scoring, but no matter the score, the girls kept their energy and attitudes up,” said Vermillion head coach Shannon Fitzsimmons. “Freshman Megan Brady and junior Ellie Schroeder have provided our team with offensive momentum over the course of the season, and last night, each stepped up for us again.”
Tea Area was the first on the scoreboard at 16’ as they finished a shot from a corner kick.
Vermillion remained down by one through the rest of the first half. Five minutes into the second, freshman Megan Brady tied the game 1-1.
The opponents regained the lead at 52’ with a shot from the middle of the penalty box.
Three minutes later, Tea Area fouled Vermillion in their penalty box. Junior Ellie Schroeder took the penalty kick and tied the game once more, 2-2.
Tea Area got to take a penalty kick at 62’ and sent the ball to the back of the net. Three minutes later, the competition increased the lead to two goals.
The Tanagers were down 2-4 but fought back. Brady scored another goal less than a minute after Tea Area’s latest to narrow the deficit 3-4.
The close game continued until the opponents scored at 76’ from a corner kick. Vermillion remained down 3-5 the remainder of the time.
“The girls have shown great progression on the field, but they are still hungry for more,” said coach Fitzsimmons. “Heading into the remainder of the regular season, we would like to continue making progress with our team transitions and connections on the field.”
Tea Area had a total of 20 shots throughout the game. Vermillion totaled nine, three from Brady and two from eighth-grader Jenaya Cleveland. Senior goalie Riley Gautier recorded five saves for the Tanagers.
Vermillion will hit the road for Sioux Falls Christian this upcoming Tuesday at 6 p.m.
The Tanagers’ final game before postseason play will be in Dakota Valley at 8 p.m. Thursday.