Bobcat soccer teams split with Harrisburg at home

Aaron Jorenby/Register: Brookings’ James Park (10) runs after the ball during a 2-0 win over Harrisburg Tuesday night at Fishback Soccer Park in Brookings. The Bobcat girls fell 8-1 to Harrisburg.

BROOKINGS – The Brookings boys’ soccer team picked up a win in its final home match of the regular season against Harrisburg Tuesday night at Fishback Soccer Park. The Tiger girls’ team won convincingly over the Bobcats.

Brookings plays at Mitchell tomorrow night. The girls game starts at 4 p.m. with the boys game to follow at 6 p.m.

Boys

 Brookings 2, Harrisburg 0

Brookings’ Derek Brallier and Drew Ton scored goals in quick succession early in the second half  to break a scoreless tie and an aggressive Bobcats squad would make that score hold up for a 2-0 win.

“We had choices to make tonight,” said head coach Steve Binkley. “Were we going to press the attack and keep three just defenders back, or move more toward defense? I think we kind of learned our lesson a bit from when we played Pierre last week.”

With it being homecoming week for Brookings as well as senior night, it just added extra incentive coming into the game.

“Senior night and homecoming week, our guys were kind of like sharks smelling blood and circling the waters, and when they saw those openings they wanted to take advantage,” Binkley said.

After going up 2-0, Brookings dropped back into defensive mode and made the score stand up.

James Park picked up the assist on both Bobcat goals. Brookings out shot Harrisburg 7-2.

Brookings improved its season record to 3-7-1.

Girls

 Harrisburg 8, Brookings 1

Brookings’ Maddix Archer scored with 15:19 to play in the first half to even the score at one goal each, but a Bobcat own-goal started a 7-0 run for Harrisburg as the Tigers would pull away to with an 8-1 win.

The Tigers outshot the Bobcats 26-1.

Despite the outcome, head coach Adam Juba said his team had chances and was still in the game at the half.

“A great goal from Maddix [Archer] leveled it at 1-1, but then one of those unfortunate things happened and [the own goal]. That happens in soccer,” Juba said.

“We went down 3-1 before the end of the first half but came to halftime still playing well and with an opportunity to put some balls in the net and come away with a tie or even a win. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen in the second half,” added Juba.

The Bobcats’ record falls to 1-9-1 with two regular season games remaining.

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