Tyler Schuring may have found a new slogan for his undefeated soccer team.
‘Let the horses run.’
Sensing that the formation his Gazelles had been using to start the season wasn’t quite as sharp and that they perhaps weren’t as confident on the ball, a switch was made.
“It was a more reserved formation, but we went back to what we did last year,” Schuring said after Thursday night’s 2-0 victory over O’Gorman at Crane-Youngworth Field.
And the results were immediate, Schuring added.
“With this group; and I’ve been coaching them for a long time, they want to go,” he said. “They want to press the ball.
“Sometimes you just have to let the horses run.”
And run the Gazelles did, particularly after halftime.
In recording its third shutout of the young season, Yankton (5-0) put together another strong second half — a common theme for the Gazelles.
“It definitely all starts to come together at halftime, and then the goals come,” said senior Madison Schroeder.
Schroeder scored Yankton’s first goal off a corner kick assist by senior Madison Wuebben at the 34:27 mark of the second half.
“That first one gets us so fired up,” Schroeder said. “Once we get that first one, it’s such a good feeling and we get rolling.”
Wuebben then scored a goal of her own at the 26:57 mark to provide plenty of cushion for Yankton, which again got a dominant performance by its defense, according to Schuring.
“It was just a stellar game overall,” he said. “The defense killed their transitions, and even the shots we did allow were from a distance.”
Even though the Gazelles adjusted their formation, their chemistry — with years of playing together — allowed them to adjust on the fly and keep things in order, according to Schroeder.
“We know where we can be at the end of the season, and we all want it so bad,” she added.
Yankton continues a three-game homestand with a showdown next Tuesday against Brandon Valley at 4 p.m.
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