Jaiden Boomsma broke free from the Watertown defense for a goal in each half as Yankton downed Watertown 3-1 in Eastern South Dakota Conference girls’ soccer action on Saturday at Crane-Youngworth Field.
The victory pushed the Gazelles to 7-0 overall, 4-0 in ESD play. With Aberdeen Central losing to Rapid City Stevens on Saturday, Yankton became the final team without a loss on the season.
Boomsma broke loose in the 10th minute, getting behind the Watertown defense for an unassisted goal.
“She’s been very good about helping her teammates score, but I also know she’s a player who’s worked her butt off,” Yankton head coach Tyler Schuring said of Boomsma. “It was nice to see her stretch her legs.”
Yankton’s second goal of the opening half came when the Watertown defense knocked the ball into its own goal. Kelsey Oswald crossed the ball from the corner, and an Arrows defender hit the ball in as she was trying to keep it away from a Yankton player.
“Kelsey did a good job of putting the ball in position to do some damage,” Schuring said. “We’ll take it.”
The Gazelles wasted little time in the second half. Cora Schurman launched the ball ahead to a speeding Boomsma, who scored the match’s third goal just 10 seconds into the period.
“I knew I had to use my speed to cut up the middle,” Boomsma said. “I knew I would be able to get past their defensive line. But once we got past them, we had to make it quick.”
Watertown ended Yankton’s string of three straight shutouts with 26:03 to play, as Bella Kerkvleit scored off a pass from Sierra Kannas.
“They’re very good at the counter-attack,” Schuring said of the Arrows. “For the most part our defense did a good job of shutting them down. We gave them a few looks, but a lot were from distance, and Sadie (Fedders) gobbled them up.
“That’s what you expect from your veteran back line and your senior keeper.”
From there, the Gazelles defense stiffened to finish the victory.
“We knew that if we were going to win this game, we had to clean it up a little bit,” Boomsma said. “After that goal, we kinda picked it up, relaxed a little bit. We knew we were still up 3-1, so we weren’t too worried about it.”
Fedders finished with seven stops in goal for Yankton. Watertown goalkeeper Tierney Hodorff made six saves.
Yankton travels to Aberdeen Central on Saturday, Sept. 14. If Aberdeen Central beats Brandon Valley on Friday, Sept. 13, the match will feature the final two teams that are unbeaten in ESD action.
“They’re going to be a big, fast, physical team up there,” Schuring said of the Golden Eagles. “They’re going to be much like Brandon Valley, a quality team that pressures the ball.”
Yankton has an entire week between matches, the first of two such breaks for the Gazelles this season. Schuring plans to take full advantage of it.
“It’s nice to have five days (of practice) to work on a few things,” he said. “This week will be big for recovery, and for working on a few things.”
Watertown, 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the ESD, hosts Watertown on Tuesday.
Watertown won the JV match 2-1. Madisyn Bietz scored for Yankton off a pass from Keira Christ.
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