Wildcats drop two, have state play-in game
Published: Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Three goals by Huron’s Dah Dah were the deciding factors in the Custer High School soccer team’s 3-0 loss last Saturday afternoon in Custer.
Dah scored in the 15th, 40th and 56th minute for the Tigers. Meanwhile, Custer was able to nearly match Huron in terms of shots taken, but couldn’t get any to go into the net.
“Iâï¿½ï¿½felt we played well, it just didn’t go our way,” Custer assistant coach Casey Trandem said.âï¿½ï¿½“We just couldn’t find the right spot, and two of the three of their shots were incredible benders that hit the side net.”
Trandem said he felt even in the loss, the overall mood of the team was better.
“We are a young team and keep learning and growing every game,”âï¿½ï¿½he said.
On Sept. 25, the team traveled to Rapid City to battle the St. Thomas More Cavaliers. The game was a tale of two halves, as the team went into halftime with the score tied 1-1, but watched More rattle off six unanswered goals in the second half to win 7-1.
“We gave up five goals in a matter of 12 minutes,” Trandem said.
Custer actually scored first in the game, with David Hernandez taking a pass from goalkeeper Matt Lepke all the way up the pitch and scoring in the 10th minute. St. Thomas More scored the equalizer in the 33rd minute when Travis Dewes kicked in a shot from 40 yards over Lepke’s head.
Trandem said that long goal affected his team’s psyche, which carried over into the second half.
“We need to grow as a team and be able to give up a tough goal without shutting down,”âï¿½ï¿½he said.âï¿½ï¿½“Soccer is a tough game mentally, and we need to improve on maintaining our composure when the going gets tough.”
Custer will now host a play-in game tomorrow afternoon against Chamberlain, with the winner of the game advancing to the state tournament. The game will begin at 4 p.m. The first time the two teams played this season Custer won 3-1.
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