STURGIS — The Spearfish varsity boys’ soccer team took a 3-1 win over the Sturgis Scoopers Thursday, at the Sturgis Soccer Complex.
“It was really a hard-fought game, a little choppy here and there for both teams, and I thought Sturgis did a great job,” said Jim Hill, Spearfish’s head soccer coach. “Sturgis is a vastly improved team. They’re someone, if you are not ready to play, they will give you a game, and they gave us a great game.”
The Scoopers opened the scoring five minutes into the game, with Thor Sundstrom passing to Jared Sailer for the shot and goal.
“I saw the goalie headed right so I went around him and shot into the open corner for the goal,” Sailer said.
AJ Covell put the Spartans on the board with a goal with 23 minutes left in the first half, tying the score, 1-1 at halftime.
Scoring in the second half started with Bridger Roberdeau hitting a goal from a free kick for Spearfish, 12 minutes into the half.
Spearfish’s Dominic DeSaro from Spearfish scored the final goal of the game, making the final 3-1.
“A very tough fought game. I think we may have surprised them how more competitive we are than we have been in the past,” said Tyler Louder, Sturgis Brown’s head soccer coach. “We just could not get our opportunities in the back of the net, and they did.”
The momentum of the game switched several times throughout the second half.
“I think we were a little tired and the heat, not quite used to having one of the hottest days of the summer in September,” Hill said.
“In the second half we had a couple of adjustments that we made at halftime: slowing the ball down, but keeping our intensity up, and we started to do that, but when they got a goal on us, we seemed to lose that right away,” said Louder.
The Scoopers had one assist from Thor Sundstrom, 14 saves by goalie Coy Fischer, and five fouls. The Spartans had three goals and seven shots off the frame.
“We needed to get that game but that is alright as we did not play our best, and we will play them again this year,” Sailer said.
The Scoopers are now 3-2-0 for the season and travel to St. Thomas More on Tuesday.
The Spartans (5-1-1) moved to the fourth seed in Class AA ratings
They next play at Belle Fourche on Sept. 10.
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