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Significant Opportunities and Perils in place for many teams this week.

A look at South Dakota Boys and Girls A Division High School Soccer Teams. The week of September 15th is a week of destiny for many soccer teams trying to

Girls’ Wrap-Up Show September 14, 2014

This was probably the most interesting week in Girls soccer this season, with a couple of games that had results different than many though would happen.  We talk about it

Boys Wrap-Up Show September 14, 2014

There was some movement in Boys High School Soccer this week and we talk about it on this week’s Wrap-Up show!  Guest coach: Aberdeen Central’s Steve Cogley.

KEVN Rapid City has some great soccer coverage this week.

We’re happy to see other media covering soccer and here is one example.  KEVN Rapid City has a couple great video pieces up.  Here is an interview with Stevens Boys

Girls’ Wrap-Up Show September 7, 2014

Sorry – due to some technical difficulties, we were unable to have Coach Becky Janssen of the Roosevelt Girls on today. We got everything ironed out (of course, after the

Significant Opportunities and Perils in place for many teams this week.

September CalendarA look at South Dakota Boys and Girls A Division High School Soccer Teams.

The week of September 15th is a week of destiny for many soccer teams trying to make the grade and test their stuff in the playoffs starting September 30th across South Dakota.  Let’s take a rundown of what’s going on in the A Divisions.

A Girls

With only eight teams in the division, there is a clear idea of how things are going to shake down.  There are four teams – St. Thomas More, Belle Fourche, Vermillion and Tea who could string three good games together and hoist the cup at the end.  However, it looks more and more that it is St. Thomas More (8-0-1) which have it to lose, even though any of the teams we mentioned here could have the right day and get past them. STM’s veteran coach Doug Noyes is keenly aware of that possibility and will have his team as shielded against that as he possibly can. STM bested the powerhouse AA Stevens’ side, and now have just three matches remaining on their schedule – all against the remaining Black Hills AA teams.

While there are some division contests remaining, sixteen of the remaining twenty-three matches pit A division sides against AA sides.

  • Belle Fourche (4-1-1) are sitting in second position with their only loss coming at the hands of STM. The Lady Broncs’ remaining four matches are all against Black Hills Area AA teams.
  • Tea Area Lady Titans (4-2-1) have five matches remaining, with four against AA teams and their final against Groton Area.
  • Vermillion are now 4-1-2, sitting in 4th position, with a rematch against Garretson tonight, and just two more matches with AA teams after tonight.
  • Groton Area girls (3-5-0) have only two remaining matches – Garretson and Tea Area. The Tigers started out a little slow, but then had back-to-back wins against Tea Area and West Central, following those up with an 0-1 loss at home to Sioux Falls Christian. It’s a little difficult to get an accurate pulse on Groton Area.
  • West Central is a better team than its 1-4-1 record indicates. With two A matches and two AA matches left in their season, the Lady Trojans could improve their 5th place standing before post-season play begins.
  • Sioux Falls Christian (1-7-0) and Garretson (1-5-0) have both had some challenges this year, but each have a win under their belt. The Chargers have four games remaining in the regular season; the Blue Dragons have five more matches against 4 A teams and Mitchell (AA).

For any of these A teams who can get away with a win from one of the AA teams, there is a good bounty of power points for rankings. And there are some realistic opportunities for some of the A division teams to do that. With just eight teams in the division, all teams are guaranteed a post-season quarterfinal match.

A Boys

Three teams have set themselves apart from the pack. Sioux Falls Christian, Groton Area and James Valley Christian will be the teams to watch as the eliminations take place in postseason play. The big question is, which team – SFC or Groton Area – will be tasked with getting by JVC? That is a dangerous game for either side, despite the strength that both teams exhibit.  Last weekend’s draw with Sioux Falls Christian at Groton makes this race to the end even more interesting. Many expect to see Sioux Falls Christian and Groton Area in the final, where there will have to be a result. James Valley Christian may have something to say about that, however.

About half of the games left in the 2014 season for this division will  match A teams against AA teams.

  • Top ranked Sioux Falls Christian (7-0-1) have four matches remaining. Two of those matches are against AA teams, and the other two are against SW Minnesota Christian and Vermillion boys’ club.
  • Groton Area (5-2-1) are sitting in second right now, with four matches remaining against all A opponents  – including James Valley Christian and Tea Area to wrap up the regular season.
  • In the third spot is James Valley Christian (5-2-1), with an identical record to Groton Area but 1.5 seed points behind, as Groton Area prevailed 1-0 when the two met on the pitch last week. The Vikings have four matches remaining on their schedule – including their last match at Groton, and an opportunity to swap rankings with the Tigers.
  • The 2013 State Champions, Tea Area (3-3-1) lost a significant number of players to graduation last year. The Titans have had a balanced season so far. With five matches remaining, including their last regular season match at home against Groton, Tea Area will need some matches to go their way against three AA teams to improve their ranking. The Titans other remaining match is against Vermillion club, which will not add to their seed points.
  • Hot Springs (2-3-0) is in a difficult position of having only nine total games to gather seed points. The team traveled east the end of August and had marked success against Mitchell Christian/Mount Vernon/Sanborn Central and Freeman Academy but don’t have a lot of A games on their schedule. Of the four remaining matches for the Bison, two are with A teams and two with AA teams – all in the Black Hills.
  • St. Thomas More (4-6-0) Cavaliers started their season in the unenviable position of having to face both Sioux Falls Christian and Groton Area opening weekend. The Cavaliers are a young team, with just four seniors and a varsity roster full of 8th graders – which makes for a challenging season, but presents a lot of promise for the future. The Cavs have three AA and one A match (Hot Springs) remaining on their schedule.
  • Freeman Academy (2-5-0) have five matches remaining on their season, with three of those matches against other A teams.
  • Belle Fourche (0-6-0) Broncs have just three games left – against Hot Springs next week, and then two AA teams to wrap up their regular season.
  • Mitchell Christian/Mt. Vernon/Sanborn Central  (0-8-0) have had a challenging season but they have scored some goals and have had some close games. We admire the dedication of pulling together players from a variety of schools to field a varsity program and give students the opportunity to play soccer.

We’ll take a look at the boys’ and girls’ AA teams next.

Girls’ Wrap-Up Show September 14, 2014

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This was probably the most interesting week in Girls soccer this season, with a couple of games that had results different than many though would happen.  We talk about it in this week’s wrap-up show.  Guest Coaches:  Tea Area’s Mark Anderson, St.Thomas More’s Doug Noyes and Roosevelt’s Becky Janssen.

Boys Wrap-Up Show September 14, 2014

Home Federal Team Page TabThere was some movement in Boys High School Soccer this week and we talk about it on this week’s Wrap-Up show!  Guest coach: Aberdeen Central’s Steve Cogley.

KEVN Rapid City has some great soccer coverage this week.



We’re happy to see other media covering soccer and here is one example.  KEVN Rapid City has a couple great video pieces up.  Here is an interview with Stevens Boys coach Jacob Meyer before his team’s game last night against Rapid City Central. Video courtesy of KEVN Rapid City.

Here is Jamie Zepp’s report on the Rapid City Central Girls’ upset of Rapid City Stevens.

Girls’ Wrap-Up Show September 7, 2014

Sorry – due to some technical difficulties, we were unable to have Coach Becky Janssen of the Roosevelt Girls on today. We got everything ironed out (of course, after the show was posted) and will have Coach Janssen on next week.