The Gillette Edge U12 Rascal boys played extremely well as a team at the Spearfish Winter classic this past weekend.
It was exciting to see so many of the things we needed to work on after the Laramie tourney play out in our favor in Spearfish. The tournament would have been completely different if not for the great effort that our keepers put forth. The keepers that played this weekend were Nate Dawg, Cameron Durgin, & Zach Milliron.
In their first action of the tournament, the Rascals got off to a slow start against the Spearfish Titans. The game remained scoreless until the very end of the first half. The Rascals started to play much better in the second half and scored three quick goals to win 4-0. Goals: Zach (2) & Cole (2) with assists from Cole, Nate, Isaac, & Aron.
In their second game against Belle Fourche, the Rascals came out on fire. They scored three quick goals in the first three minutes of the game with the first goal coming in the first 30 seconds of the game. They added 3 more goals to win 6-0. Goals: Isaac, Cole, Cameron, Zach, Willy, & Tanner with assists from Zach (3), Isaac, & Aron.
In their third game they took on a very determined Spearfish team that played us very tough the whole game. This game remained scoreless well into the second half. The Rascals broke the scoreless tie and then added 3 more quick goals to win 4-0. Goals: Zach, Isaac, Aron, & Willy with assists from Cole, Willy, & Aron.
In the Championship game Vs Belle Fourche, the Rascals set the pace early with 3 quick goals in the beginning of the first half. Then a mental breakdown by the Rascal defense led to Belle fourche scoring a goal. The Rascals ended up scoring 3 more goals in the second half to win their first Championship of the indoor season. Goals: Zach (3), Isaac, Nater, & Tanner with assists from Nater, Isaac, Cole, Zach, & Tyler.
"The Rascals had a great tournament and really played unselfish soccer in all four games. Even when they would get off to a slow start, one of the Rascals would provide the spark (with a great pass, a great stop, or a goal) and then everyone would play great team soccer," said Audra Stumbaugh. The Rascals are: Cole Deimling, Nathan "Nater" Delgrande, Cameron Durgin, Isaac Howell, Nathan "Nate-Dawg" King, Willy Knigge, Zach Milliron, Aron Molina, Tyler Schroyer, & Tanner Smolick.
Three other teams bringing home championships were the U12 girls,U10 girls and boys highschool.
The U16 girls ended up 1-2 overall. Lost the first game 4-3 to a Rushmore team. Then we won 10-1 against a Gering Nebraska team, and finished Sunday morning with another 4-3 loss to a different Rushmore squad.