The Huron Tiger soccer team pictured above capped off a nearly perfect season with a 3-1 victory over Belle Fouche in the South Dakota Soccer Association’s Class A State title game Saturday in Sioux Falls. Belle Fouche was the only team to beat Huron and that came in the season opener. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
SIOUX FALLS ― The Huron Tigers claimed the South Dakota Soccer Association’s Class A state title Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Belle Fouche on soccer fields at Yankton Trails.
Similar to Friday’s semifinal 2-1 victory over Sturgis, the Tigers allowed an early goal only to stage a comeback.
In an early meeting with Belle Fouche in the Tigers’ season opener, the wind was gusting and since the Tigers fell in that opening match, their only loss of the season, they chose to take the wind in the second half.
While they were hoping to get the first goal even going into the wind, those plans went be the wayside as Belle Fouche scored just seven minutes into the match.
However, the Tigers would answer going into the wind, the only goal scored in that direction all day, when Nway Moo Kyaw hit a crossing kick that Tyler Busch headed perfectly into the goal to tie the match at 1-1.
Belle Fouche couldn’t capitalize with the wind the rest of the half although they had chances, but the Tiger defense rose to the occasion led by goalie Braedon Hinker who allowed just one goal in each of the state tournament matches.
After halftime the wind was at the Tigers back and they took advantage by controlling the ball for much of the half.
Midway through the period the Tigers got the go-ahead goal of the game as Nway Moo Kyaw made some great moves near the Belle Fouche net eventually forcing its goalie to commit too soon on a move which left him diving for the ball which was out of reach, leaving Nway Moo Kyaw an open shot at the goal.
Huron didn’t rest on taking the lead; just a handful of minutes later Busch added his second goal, a bending kick from 20 yards out that went past his defender across the goal and into the corner of the net just out of reach of the Belle Fouche goaltender.
Meanwhile, Belle Fouche struggled against the wind, many of their kicks sailing away as the wind blew them about.
They ran an offense that relied on moving the ball over the Tiger defenders instead of through him and with the wind conditions that was very difficult to do, said Tiger Coach Josh Bowlin.
Very few attacks got deep enough for Hinker to defend, but when called on he got the job done.
“He played super strong and had some great saves,” said Bowlin. “He just really coaches his defense along really, really well.”
He was also pleased with the Tigers’ conditioning.
“They put it all on the field and I felt that they could have ran another whole game,” said Bowlin.
But win or lose he was proud of how the Tigers carried themselves at the tournament.
“It has just been fun to represent Huron. I think the team really represented them well down here in Sioux Falls,” said Bowlin. “It’s a great time to be a soccer coach for Huron. It’s been a lot of fun.”
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