SPEARFISH — The Spearfish varsity boys’ soccer team defeated Rapid City Stevens 2-1 Tuesday evening at the Black Hills Energy complex in Spearfish.
“In the first half we went to the ball; we kept going to the ball,” Spearfish head coach Jim Hill said of the 40-minute stretch that ended with the Spartans leading 2-0.
Spearfish’s Bridger Roberdeau had two shots during the game’s first 8 1/2 minutes. Spartans’ goalkeeper Gabe Knudson made a save.
Dominic DeSaro launched a shot at the goal for Spearfish with just under 29 minutes left in the first half. A Stevens opponent tried to keep the ball out of the net but was unsuccessful as the Spartans went ahead 1-0.
Rapid City produced a flurry in front of the net, and Ross Moriarty got a shot on goal with 11 1/2 minutes left in the first half. However, the Raiders could not score.
Spearfish extended its advantage to 2-0 on Jensen Damberg’s goal with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in that first half.
Rapid City cut the margin to 2-1 midway through the second half, and this stood as the final score.
“We got a little tired in the second half, so we started to kind of back up and were like ‘We’ll absorb pressure,’” Hill said. He added Stevens gave up possession when Spearfish players applied pressure.
Spearfish now has a record of 10 wins, two losses, and one tie. Rapid City Stevens ended its regular season at six wins, two losses, and three ties.
“I think it was one of the first games we really talked well to each other out on the field,” Hill said.
As for desired improvements, Hill said, he would like to see the Spartans not have a letdown. He agreed it is a situation of the team playing to win instead of playing not to lose.
Spearfish will end its regular season at home against St. Thomas More on Oct. 3. Hill talked about what he would like to see in that game, set to begin at 6 p.m.
“Just have a good night,” Hill said. “Our seniors are going to play as much as possible.”
Midfielder Holden Owens sustained a broken jaw earlier this season but will play briefly on Thursday, according to Hill. The coach added that midfielder Cash Clendenen will also play after sustaining a knee issue.
The top 16 teams will advance to the class AA playoffs that will start on Oct. 8. Following Tuesday’s win, Spearfish has 43.038 seeding points and is holding the number 5 seed. The top eight teams play at home for the first round.
Here are the top eight teams as of today.
1 Sioux Falls Washington 45.455 seeding points (9 wins, 0 losses, 2 ties)
2 Brandon Valley 43.917 seeding points (9 wins, 1 loss, 2 ties)
3 Sioux Falls Roosevelt 43.600 seeding points (7 wins, 1 loss, 2 ties)
4 Sioux Falls O’Gorman 43.192 seeding points (7 wins, 3 losses, 3 ties)
5 Spearfish 43.038 points (10 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie)
6 Rapid City Stevens 42.409 seeding points (6 wins, 2 losses, 3 ties)
7 Rapid City Central 41.833 seeding points (7 wins, 3 losses, 2 ties)
8 Sioux Falls Lincoln 41.042 seeding points (4 losses, 5 losses, 3 ties)