SPEARFISH — Spearfish and St. Thomas More battled to a 0-0 tie as the girls’ soccer regular season ended Thursday evening at the Black Hills Energy complex, in Spearfish.

“It feels really good,” Spartans’ head coach Katrina Huft said of the final result. “STM came out really tough; they’re a really good team.”

Hanna Bjorkman, Brooke Peotter, Dillan Richards, and Hannah Schoon had two shots for Spearfish in the first half. Goalkeeper Taya Lucas recorded two saves during the first 40 minutes.

Lucas collected three saves during the first 10 minutes of the second half. St. Thomas More earned a corner kick with 22 minutes 45 seconds left; Lucas made the save.

Bjorkman recorded a shot on goal with 13 minutes 18 seconds to go, but the ball hit a post and stayed out of the goal.

The Spartans earned a corner kick with 6 minutes 20 seconds left, with Maia Pochop recording a shot on goal seven seconds later.

Spearfish had another corner kick in the final 30 seconds. A scramble in front of the goal featured three Spartans’ shots, but none crossed the goal line.

“We were able to stay tough defensively. We had a lot of opportunities at goal; we just weren’t able to get one to fall,” Huft said.

Huft said Spearfish’s offense never stopped taking chances.

The squad recognized six seniors before the game. Players are Lyndey Dean, Izzy DiGioia, Tiffany Valentine, and Lucas. Olivia Williams and Kristine Davik serve as student managers.

Spearfish finished its regular season at six wins, seven losses, and one tie. The Spartans have 39.607 seeding points and are number 12 in the class AA standings.

Playoff action gets underway Tuesday, at eight sites throughout the state.


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