Northern Hills teams defeat ’Cats in Custer
Published: Thursday, September 19th, 2013
The Custer High School soccer team dropped two more games at home last week, falling to both Sturgis and Belle Fourche.
The team started strong against Belle Fourche, the second ranked team in the state, last Saturday, controlling possession and flow of the game early before getting on the board via David Hernandez’s eighth goal of the season. The Broncs answered four minutes later, however, and took the lead only a minute later on another goal.
Just before halftime, Wildcat defender Tarenâï¿½ï¿½Jones was called for a hand ball in the box, giving the Broncs a penalty kick and a 3-1 lead at halftime. Neither team was able to score a goal in the second half, giving Belle Fourche the 3-1 win.
Custer assistant coach Doug LeFebvre was pleased his team outplayed the No. 2 ranked team in the state for 65 of the 80 minutes of the game, but said the team must find a way to outplay teams for the entire game, not just in spurts or for the majority of the game.
“We aren’t helping ourselves by giving up penalty kicks on a regular basis,”âï¿½ï¿½he said. “I think we have given up four or five penalty kicks the last five games. That’s not the reason we’re struggling, but it doesn’t help our chances, either.”
On Sept. 10, the Wildcats hosted the Sturgis Scoopers, playing a tough defensive game before losing 3-1.
The Wildcats started strong, pressing the action and getting good shots on goal, including one just seconds into the game from David Hernandez that ricocheted off the near post from 12 yards out. Only five minutes in, Hernandez was able to score a goal, but was subsequently called offside, discounting the goal.
Sturgis got on the board in the 19th minute when Jordan Kaubisch boomed a kick from 20 yards out that bounced in off the bottom of the cross bar, putting the Scoopers up 1-0.
Thirteen minutes later, some nice passing from Rowdy LeFebvre to Graysen Trandem to Hernandez led to Custer’s own goal, but that was immediately answered by Sturgis, via some bad luck for Custer.
Kaubisch put a kick on a shot that ricocheted off Custer defender Destinee Cole and past goalkeeper Mattâï¿½ï¿½Lepke.
Both teams exchanged shots throughout the second half, but were unable to get any scoring. Toward the end of the game, a violent collision between Hernandez and the Sturgis goalie sent both players sprawling to the ground and eventually led to Hernandez being forced off the field by the referee because he had been down with an injury. However, the goalkeeper for Sturgis was not forced to leave, drawing the ire of Custer head coach Craig Black.
Moments later, Sturgis got its final goal via penalty kick when Sloan Shorb was called for a penalty for a slide tackle as the Scoopers worked toward the goal.
“The team is showing a lot of improvment as far as moving the ball quickly, covering for each other and overall performance,”âï¿½ï¿½assistant coach Doug LeFebvre said. “We have been a bit unlucky on a few things, but that happens every now and then. Just based on odds, those breaks have to start turning in our favor. We are just going to have to make our own luck.”
The Wildcats will next be in action Friday, when they host Chamberlain, a team they began the season with by beating 10-0. The game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.
“The team has worked hard to fill in the gaps made by injuries,” LeFebvre said.âï¿½ï¿½“These kids have been battling hard. It’s a bit tough when the results don’t show the effort.”
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