SIOUX FALLS ― The Huron Tiger boys’ soccer team has continued its nearly season-long unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory over Sturgis in the South Dakota Soccer Association state semifinals Friday at the Yankton Trails Complex in Sioux Falls.
The Tigers, who have been off for three weeks coming into the match, showed a little rust as Sturgis took 1-0 lead before the Tigers came back to even the match and then go ahead and hold on to set up the championship match that will be played at 2 p.m. today.
“Coming off three weeks of not playing I think we just had some cobwebs in there and being in the state finals some jitters to get out,” said Tiger coach Josh Bowlin. He was pleased with how his team responded to the adversity.
“Finally we lifted up the intensity and started doing what we do best — win games.”
The Tigers who dropped a 4-2 decision in the opening game of the season, has not lost since, and that includes a victory against Belle Fouche midseason.
The goal that got the Tigers back into the game against Sturgis was scored by Nway Moo Kyaw tying it at 1-1.
That was followed by a second goal from John Witte that put the Tigers up for good.
“We had six solid shot opportunities in the first half,” said Bowlin which included a missed penalty kick. “We had huge opportunities but just couldn’t capitalize on them.”
Meanwhile, the Tigers defensively led by goaltender Braden Hinker were solid after giving up the first goal.
“Our keeper Braden Hinker did just a phenomenal job getting some stops out there,” said Bowlin. “He has allowed the fewest amount of goals for our division.”
His toughness in the net, only can help a defensive group that is battling some injuries and other players had to step up.
“We got to get some of our bench players in there and they really did a stand up job,” said Bowlin. “They picked up the slack and hustled, giving 110 percent.”
The cold weather also was something the Tigers had to adjust to since it has just been recently that cold weather has been a factor in the state.
Belle Fourche defeated Vermillion 2-1 in the other semifinal to advance to the championship.
Vermillion and Sturgis will play at 9 a.m. today for third-place in class A.
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