Spearfish girls drop home soccer game

Spearfish’s Hanna Bjorkman holds off a Yankton opponent for possession of the ball. Pioneer photo by Jason Gross

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SPEARFISH  — The Spearfish varsity girls’ soccer team fell 2-1  to Yankton, Saturday afternoon, at the Black Hills Energy complex, in Spearfish.

“Especially in the last 15 minutes, we played really spirited,” Spearfish head coach Justin Griffith said.

Yankton took a 1-0 lead on Cora Schurman’s penalty-kick goal with 13 minutes remaining in the first half. That stood as the score at the break.

“We played really solid but couldn’t finish the chances we had,” Griffith said of the first half.

The Gazelles extended their edge to 2-0 on Keira Christ’s second-half tally.

Spearfish got on the scoreboard when a free kick by Tessa Lucas found the back of the goal. That brought the Spartans to within 2-1 with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.

Brooke Peotter shot twice on goal during the stretch run. Yankton goaltender Alexandra Schmidt was forced to make diving stops.

Spearfish edged Sioux Falls O’Gorman 2-1 in its Friday game. Griffith summed up his team’s performance during the weekend.

“I thought we played OK,” Griffith said. He added the team played well in the first half against O’Gorman, but the team did not possess the ball well over the final 40 minutes.

Spearfish is now 3-3 on the season, and Griffith talked about the team thus far.

“I think we’re making progress, but we still need to keep our composure and be able to possess the ball better,” he said.

Spearfish will visit Belle Fourche on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

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