Roosevelt jumped out to a convincing lead in the first half against Yankton in the opening round of the Class AA state club soccer tournament Thursday at Yankton Trail Park.
The top-seeded Rough Riders were never threatened and went on to a convincing 6-0 victory over the Gazelles.
Miranda Famestad registered a hat trick for the Riders (11-0), scoring twice in the opening half to give the Riders a 4-0 lead. She later scored from a significant distance in the 70th minute for the game’s final score.
“I’ve been having a rough year this year; I’ve been in a slump,” Famestad said. “I’ve been picking it up lately and today really helped.”
Leading 4-0 entering the second half, Roosevelt coach Clay Glasgow was able to play much of his roster and rest many of the team’s starters.
“You’re looking to make sure the team doesn’t get too complacent,” Glasgow said of playing with such a big lead. “We’re always working on passing and receiving. It’s nice to give the younger players an opportunity to play at this level.”
Defensively the Riders are solid, giving up just four goals total last season. With such a solid defensive effort a year ago, the team set even a loftier goal for this year – three. So far, so good as the Riders have given up exactly three through 11 games.
That goal was nearly shattered late in the game against Yankton as the Gazelles shot a flurry of on-goal shots at backup goal keeper Tamika Anderson. But Anderson was up to the challenge and kept Yankton from scoring. Kelsi Wipf scored in the 13th minute for Roosevelt before Famestad’s two first half goals. Grace Behm also scored late in the first half for the 4-0 halftime lead.
“We are a team that likes to score early and put them back on their heels as much as possible,” Glasgow said. “We’ve been doing that all year. We like to score early.”
Nicole Hatcher scored early in the second half for a 5-0 lead before Famestad’s late goal.
In the first game of the day, Lincoln overcame a 1-0 deficit to Pierre to go on to a 4-1 victory. Pierre scored early in the second minute, but Lincoln’s Maggie Squyer answered just four minutes later to tie the score. Kamryn Miller then scored back-to-back goals for Lincoln and the Governors were done. Melanie Loe also scored for the Patriots in the 75th minute.
The Rapid City schools fared well as both Central and Stevens picked up victories. Central’s Shelby Ashland scored twice and Rose Miller scored once in the Cobblers’ 3-2 victory over Brookings. Stevens’ Lexi Pszanka scored late in the 65th minute to give the Raiders a 1-0 victory over Washington.