BELLE FOURCHE — Belle Fourche’s varsity boys’ soccer team dropped a 5-2 decision to St. Thomas More Tuesday evening, at the Black Hills Roundup complex in Belle Fourche.
“We have been trying to focus on play-by-play and not getting ahead of ourselves,” said Broncs’ head coach Anthony Bradley. “The third set got away from us, and they (Cavaliers) scored three really nice goals and buried us.”
The home standing Broncs took a 1-0 lead with 25 ½ minutes remaining in the first half. Barak Minor received the ball on a give-and-go and scored a goal.
St. Thomas More forged a 1-1 tie with just 1 minute, 25 seconds remaining in the half when an Andrew Evans shot found the back of the net.
Hunter Cherveny made a goalie save with 32 ½ minutes remaining to keep Belle Fourche in that 1-1 tie, which stood at halftime.
“I thought we played some of the best soccer that we’ve ever played,” Bradley said in describing the Broncs’ start. “They were moving the ball, putting shots on goal, but we just have these lapses out of halftime where we can’t put it together.”
The visiting Cavaliers used two Evans goals 62 seconds apart in the second half. His second score put St. Thomas More ahead 3-1 with 27 minutes 15 seconds to go.
Will Green scored from the left side as St. Thomas More extended its advantage to 4-1.
John Baxendale’s goal with 11 minutes remaining enabled the Broncs to close the gap to 4-2. Evans scored less than 1 ½ minutes remaining for the final score.
Belle Fourche has dropped six straight games and is 1-6 on the season. Bradley said the players still believe, but it becomes more difficult with each setback.
He added the team lost its cool a bit with a red card, which forced the Broncs to play one person down for the final 44 seconds.
“We’ve just got to get a win,” Bradley said. “James Valley is kind of do or die for us.”
That game is set for 3 p.m. Friday in Huron. Belle Fourche will play without Baxendale, who incurred the red card and will sit out that day.
Belle Fourche is scheduled to return home Sept. 10 when it hosts Spearfish.
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