SWAT U14 girls pick up a win
The Rapid City SWAT U14 girls’ soccer team bounced back on Sunday to stop Sporting BV Rowdies, Kan., 3-2 in the US Youth Soccer Region II tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.
According to Coach Tony Harrison, his team talked about mistakes they made on Saturday in their 3-0 loss to a Michigan team, so they worked hard to correct them.
Kansas scored first but SWAT bounced back with a goal by Kassidy Kirsch. Taylor McCormick served a ball into Mallory Schoenhard, who flicked it onto Kirsch. On the second goal, Schoenhard hit a ball that was bouncing around in the goal box. Gabbi DeMarce then used a free kick from about 35 yards out to score the game-winner. She was able to clear the wall and bend it away from the keeper for the clinching goal.
“As a whole the girls played phenomenal,” Harrison said. “The defense really played well again. The keeper (Mikayla Holt) again made some huge saves. The midfielders also did really well slowing Kansas' attack, which allowed the defense time to set up.
“I could not be prouder of these girls. They have really done a great job representing South Dakota and Rapid City Youth Soccer League at a very quality tournament. I told these girls I believed they were a regional quality team and asked them to believe it too. I think they believe.”
SWAT returns to action today at 8:30 a.m. (MDT) against Futura Academy Forte, Mo.
The three other Rapid City teams had a tough day on Sunday. The Rushmore U13 boys Gold fell 6-0 to the Minnesota Thunder Academy and will play the Toledo Celtics today at 11:30 a.m.
The Rushmore U16 girls fell to Cleveland United 4-0 and will take on Futura FC 96/97 Academy Premier, Mo., today at 9 a.m.
The Rushmore U18 girls dropped a 5-1 decision to the Michigan Football Club and will take on Javanon 95 Black today at 9 a.m.
Post 22 dominates Laurel, Mont., in tourney
After picking up two wins on Saturday, the Rapid City Post 22 American Legion baseball team continued to roll on Sunday with a dominating 12-1 win over Laurel, Mont., at the Goldsmith Gallery Jewelers/Make-A-Wish Foundation baseball tournament in Billings, Mont.
The Hardhats wasted little time jumping on Laurel after scoring three runs in the second inning. They would go on to add five more runs to that lead in the fourth behind RBI singles from Jesse Riddle and Tanner Simons, a sacrifice fly by Jakeb Sullivan and a two-run single by Cale Fierro. Post 22 would put the game away in the fifth by scoring four more runs on RBI singles from Sullivan and Fierro.
Zach Johnson took the mound for Post 22, picking up the win in four scoreless innings of work. Johnson gave up three hits and struck out five. The Hardhats offensive attack was led by Sullivan, who had two hits and seven RBI, followed by Fierro with three hits and three RBI and Simons finished with one hit and two RBI.
The Hardhats (28-7) will face a team to be determined in today’s semifinals.
-- Journal staff