The Aberdeen soccer teams both picked up big wins with the maximum seeding points from the Sioux Falls O'Gorman game.
Aberdeen and O'Gorman are the two Class AA teams playing in the South Dakota High School Activities Association sponsored soccer league. The Aberdeen boys edged the Knights 2-1 on Saturday at Swisher Field and the Aberdeen girls followed suit with a 3-0 shutout.
The Aberdeen boys improve to 2-2-0 overall, but are 2-0 against SDHSAA teams.
The Golden Eagle girls boosted their record to 3-1-0 overall and are also 2-0 in sanctioned play.
In the boys' game, Aberdeen scored early but the Knights answered.
The first six minutes of the game we came out and we were all over field and had lots of good chances, said Aberdeen boys' coach Steve Cogley. It's nice to get rewarded. We settled down. It was nice to get ahead early.
Miah Wills had a head or foot in each of the two scores. The first Golden Eagle goal was the result of a corner kick.
Brady Mohr took the kick and Wills hit a header into the net.
They got a goal and we were on our heels a little bit. We settled down and got into halftime. We made adjustments in the second half. Both teams were working as hard as they could, Cogley said.
Early in the second half, Wills was fouled in the box. He scored on a penalty kick.
It was unlucky for them, but we put ourselves in a position to get the kick, said Cogley. Our kids played their hearts out. They really wanted to win. This was the other Double-A school and was a big game for us. It wasn't pretty soccer but two young teams trying to win.
In the girls' contest, the Golden Eagles got the scoring out of the way early by tallying all three goals in the first 26 minutes.
In the first minute, Paige Sommers found the net with assists from Carly Hegge and Michaela Tofflemire. Central added to its lead in the 22nd minute as Christy Renner scored with an assist from Lynn Renner.
Sommers finished off the scoring four minutes later with an unassisted goal.
Brooke Braun stopped five shots for Aberdeen, while a pair of O'Gorman goalies combined for seven saves. Aberdeen had a 17-11 advantage in shots.
We played really well in the first half, said Aberdeen girls' coach Merle Aske. In the second half, we had a couple of scoring opportunities and didn't finish but we controlled the pace of the game.
Several key stops from Braun helped keep the Knights off the scoreboard.
They had a couple of really good shots that Brooke had to step up and make good saves, Aske said. This was a really good team effort and a good game for us. Every one of the girls did their jobs.
The soccer teams are both in action on Tuesday at Mitchell. The boys' game is scheduled for 5 p.m. and the girls will follow at 7 p.m.
GIRLS' VARSITY GAME