Kolby Scott’s hat trick was more than enough for No. 4-seeded Roosevelt to defeat Washington 4-0 in the opening round of the Class AA state club soccer tournament Thursday at Yankton Trails Park.
Roosevelt didn’t waste time as Scott’s first goal came at the three-minute mark. He chipped the shot over the defender and snuck the ball into the back of the net.
“It was kind of a difficult finish to that first goal,” Scott said. “I missed that exact same goal when I played this summer down in Des Moines. It was nice just to score it today.”
Washington was on their heels the balance of the game and never managed a real threat.
For most of the second half, the Warriors were playing defense as Roosevelt continued their aggressive offensive play and the ball rarely crossed the midfield line in Washington’s favor.
“We’re always looking for the shutout,” Roosevelt coach Becky Janssen said. “When you dominate a game like that, the last thing you want to do is cheapen it and make it bitter by just letting one squeak in.”
Roosevelt led 2-0 at the break, but Scott wasn’t done as he scored twice in the second half, the last coming in the 50th minute.
He also scored in the 48th minute, and David Irakoze scored for the Riders in the 10th minute in the first half to give the Riders the 2-0 lead.
“He is so fast and has such a great first step,” Janssen said of Scott. “If he gets a first step on you, you are not catching him. Once he has that ball at his feet, he’s so composed. He’s such a finesse player and that combination with his speed is just lethal.”
It took a while for top seed Rapid City Stevens to get going in their opening round match, but once they did, it was all Raiders.
Stevens and Spearfish were scoreless at halftime, but the Raiders scored four second-half goals to win 4-0.
Austin Schone scored three goals for Stevens in the final 18 minutes to seal the win. Brennan Lytle scored in the 60th minute to break the scoreless tie.
In other boys action, Lincoln got out to a huge lead over Brandon Valley and held on for a 5-2 victory.
The Patriots scored the first five goals of the game before the Lynx got on the board.
Mohammad Awadallah registered a hat trick for the Patriots, while Teren Schuster and Diomande Ibrahim also scored.
Schuster and Ibrahim’s goals both came in the first five minutes and the Patriots were never threatened.
Jordyn Henderson and Soueleymane Sissoko both scored for the Lynx, late in the match.
Yankton’s Chase Huber scored in the final minute of the first half and the Bucks held on for a 1-0 victory over Pierre.
Roosevelt will face Stevens at 2 p.m. and Yankton will play Lincoln at 4:30 pm in today’s semifinal matches.