BROOKINGS – The Brookings boys’ and girls’ soccer teams each fell to Sioux Falls O’Gorman on Saturday. The boys lost 4-1 and the girls fell 4-0.
• Sioux Falls O’Gorman 4, Brookings 1
The Bobcats were outshot 14-3 in the game. All three of the shots were on goal, but O’Gorman had eight shots on goal.
Jack Pellman got the scoring going for O’Gorman in the 10th minute. Mason Fritz then scored a pair of goals. The first one came in the 17th minute on a header and the second was in the 27th minute to make it 3-0 heading into halftime.
Wesley Zimprich scored 54th minute to make it 4-0. Derek Braillier earned a penalty shot 73rd minute. Schaffer Vestal would net the penalty shot to make it 4-1.
“I thought we were a lot more lively in the second half then the first,” Brookings head coach Steve Binkley said. “I thought it took us a long time to get into this one mentally. We feel a little better about coming out of this one with a 1-1 score line in the second half. Getting the penalty shot was big.”
Vestal, James Park and Rylan Eide all had shots on goal for the Bobcats. Fritz and Jacob Reimer each had two shots on goal for O’Gorman. Binkley said his team needs to come ready to play if they want to win their next game.
“I think we just have to start out with a defensive attitude to start the game. Feeling like we can stay in the game and feeling like we can stay tight and compact together. When they score early like they did, we tend to drag our feet and I felt like we didn’t come back well from that. If we can go into the next game and in the first 10 minutes feel like we can keep our shape, we’ll be more productive,” Binkley said.
Brookings hosts Yankton on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
• Sioux Falls O’Gorman 4, Brookings 0
The Bobcats were unable to get a shot on goal during the game. O’Gorman had 12 total shots and six of them were on goal.
The game was scoreless until the 38th minute when Auburn Brennet scored for O’Gorman That was O’Gorman’s only shot on goal during the first half. Ellie Ripperda scored in the 56th minute and Ella Bender netted one in the 62nd minute to make it 3-0. Margeux Freese scored the final goal of the game in the 83rd minute.
“It felt like whoever had the ball had to do all the work and try to score. I think in practice we have to continue to preach to them that we have to practice how we want to play in the game. Just keep working them to press the ball and then when we win it don’t just give it right back to the other team,” Brookings head coach Adam Juba said.
The Bobcats will host Yankton at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Juba said his team needs to take care of the ball if they want to come away with a win.
“I think we have to take care of the ball. We need to realize that when we put in all that work to get the ball, we have to reward ourselves by keeping the ball and not putting ourselves in tough spots all the time,” Juba said.