They say when it rains, it pours.
And on a rainy day at Crane-Youngworth Field, the Yankton Bucks boys’ soccer team made it pour.
At least with goals, anyway.
The Bucks used a strong offense to defeat the Watertown Arrows 8-2 in Eastern South Dakota Conference play. The eight goals was a season-best for the Bucks, who improved to 3-3-1 on the season.
Just one minute into the game, Will Pavlish broke away from the defense, and nearly scored the first goal by hitting the crossbar. However, it wouldn’t take long for the Bucks to put points on the board. One minute after Pavlish missed, Christian Budig scored on a penalty kick to put the Bucks up 1-0.
Then two minutes later, Pavlish got his first goal of the day on a pass from Luke Schulz across the field.
“I think our midfield was great tonight,” Pavlish said. “Our wings were really strong, and our strikers were running great runs, so that really worked.”
Yankton would then get their third goal in the first six minutes, when Nick Gregoire passed to Schultz for the wide-open goal. Watertown would then score their first goal of the night on Carson Fox’s penalty kick.
“We did a great job of pressing right away,” Bucks Head Coach Dave Dannenbring said. “Our boys really played hard, and did exactly what we wanted to do.”
And while the rain let up, the goals did not.
With 19:04 left in the first half, Will Pavlish attempted a shot, when he and Watertown goalkeeper, Alex Hanson, both slipped. However, Yankton’s Schulz slid to the ball, and chipped in the goal from a few yards out.
Sam Herrboldt, and Schultz, who finished the game with a hat trick, both had goals later in the half to put Yankton up 6-1.
“We spent a lot of time yesterday on crosses, and breaking to the net earlier,” Dannenbring said. “We talked about it before the game that we have to cross the ball early, and we took advantage of those opportunities, and played aggressive around the net.”
Watertown would score one more goal in the first half on a Jaxson FIechtner penalty kick, but it was not enough for the Arrows. Pavlish would score twice more in a 50-second period in the second half to put the game away for the Bucks.
Both Schulz and Pavlish finished with a hat trick for Yankton.
The Bucks now prepare for Aberdeen Central on Sept 14 in Aberdeen.
“We are going to condition hard, and keep working on crossing the ball,” Dannenbring said.
Watertown (2-3-0) hosts Harrisburg on Tuesday.
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