Sturgis girls’ soccer ends season with winning record

The 2019 Sturgis girls’ soccer is pictured. Back row left: junior varsity coach Brice Richter, Emilee Willey, Maggie Brink, Breezy Paul, Autumn Cassen, Marien McGrath, Payton Hedderman, and varsity coach Adam Fitzpatrick. Middle row left: Glory Christianson, Cali Ewing, Sawyer Dennis, McKenna Hosman, Jenna Burke, and Mikayla Kullbom. Front row left: Morgan Jost, Ryan Conover, Presley Schneider, Jessica Matthew, and Bethanie Littler. Pioneer photo by Tim Potts

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STURGIS — The Sturgis Brown girls’ soccer team ended the regular season 5-4-3 (5 wins, 4 losses, 3 ties) and won the Black Hills Conference championship earlier this month.   

At the beginning of the season, goals included coming together as a team since they had to replace eight players from last season. Adam Fitzpatrick  has now completed his sixth season as varsity head coach and was pleased with the season and meeting most of the goals set as the beginning of the season.

“Overall, the season was a success.  Our team was built on defense as shown with our lack of ability to score throughout the season, but we scored just enough to reach our goal of winning the Black Hills Conference,” said Fitzpatrick.

The Scoopers will be losing seniors Breezy Paul, Ryan Conover, Mairen McGrath, Glory Christianson, Maggie Reeve, and Lauren Fritz.  “The seniors will definitely be missed. Many of these girls have been with me since the beginning of my tenure here as head soccer coach.  The program has been built by them, and much of the success is a result of these ladies’ hard work and determination to get better every day,” added Fitzpatrick. 

Looking to the future, the Scoopers will have six returning junior players that all saw a lot of varsity action this season: Presley Schneider, Emilee Willey, Payton Hedderman, Emma Mostert, McKenna Hosman, and Elise Christian.

Fitzpatrick commented the biggest win of the year didn’t come in the form of a win but a loss.  “We lost to (Rapid City) Stevens 1-0, but it showed the heart of the team to work and to come together as one,” he added.

This season the Scoopers scored a total of 20 goals, with the competition only scoring 18. Willy scored the most goals of the season followed by Sawyer Dennis. 

The future looks good for the program, as there are a good number of younger players coming up. 

Goalie Morgan Jost is an eighth- grader and had multiple double-digit save numbers per game this season and will be an asset to the team for the next four years.

The Scoopers ended the regular season as the number 13 seed and were defeated in a battle against the Rapid City Central Cobblers, and eliminated in the first round of the class AA playoffs.

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