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Eagles roll to boys’ soccer victory

Aberdeen Central’s Denon Deuter, center, moves the ball ahead of Pierre’s Cordell Schlichenmayer, left, during Saturday’s match at Swisher Field. Deuter went on to score on the play, one of his three goals on the day. Photo by John Davis taken 8/28/2021

New coach, same success.

The Aberdeen Central boys’ soccer team gave new head coach Lance Mohr a victory in his first game, dominating Pierre 7-0 at Swisher Field Saturday afternoon.

“I think the big thing was, we’ve kind of gotten through a little bit of the change as far head coaches,” said Mohr who took over after Steve Cogley stepped down a week ago. “We just needed to play a game and I think you could see it today. Right away how we started the game, we were into them. We just had a lot of pent up energy after a whole week of training. I thought they just came prepared to play and execute.”

Jelani Peters got the scoring going in the 31st minute before Denon Deuter took over.

Deuter scored back-to-back goals on his way to a hat trick. Mohr said the other players fed off his energy.

“Denon knows what he’s capable of and today you saw it when it all clicks for him,” Mohr said. “The team kind feeds off around him and all of sudden everyone else starts finishing. He had some incredible finishes. That’s Denon.”

Deuter scored in a variety of fashions, the last coming on a blast from about 25 yards out.

When asked which goal was his favorite, Deuter responeded, “The last one. It completed my hat trick.”

Goals have been a bit difficult to come by lately for the Golden Eagles, but the squad took advantage of its chances against the Governors.

Deuter said that speed plays a big part in the attack.

“We were playing a lot faster and playing better with each other,” he said. “It’s just the pressure in the midfield and defense. We’re pushing them back.”

As a result, the majority of the game was played on the Pierre side of the pitch, which kept the pressure off of Camden Fauth who recorded his second straight shutout.

“That’s what we focused on this week, is how quick can we win the ball back?” Mohr said. “It’s going to keep them in bad shape, not to mention that when they try to connect and get through, we’re going to win those balls easier and then get back in ourselves.”

Central finished with 27 shots on goal while Pierre managed just one single attempt.

Peters added a second goal in the second half and also assisted on two others. Marcos Ramos Garcia and Parker Hellwig also scored for the Golden Eagles.

Mohr was pleased with how the guys have handled the transition of switching from one coach to another in the middle of the season.

“Overall, just super pleased,” Mohr said. “The boys handled the transition, the adversity and they honestly did not skip a beat.”

Central is 4-1 so far this season.

“We just have to keep doing what we’re doing,” Deuter said, “training hard and playing well.”

The Eagles travel to Huron on Tuesday.

“We have a quick turnaround,” Mohr said. “I feel a lot better going into that after today, just seeing how everything came out.”

Aberdeen Central 7, Pierre 0

Pierre 0 0 – 0

Aberdeen Central 4 3 – 7

First Half: AC, Jelani Peters (Tyler Bain), 9th minute; AC, Denon Deuter (Zee Mounga), 16th minute; AC, Deuter (Peters), 25th minute; AC, Marcos Ramos Garcia (Peters), 32nd minute.

Second Half: AC, Peters, 50th minute; AC, Deuter (Garcia), 62nd minute; AC, Parker Hellwig (Daniel Gambo Solis), 64th minute.

Shots on Goal: Pierre 2; Aberdeen Central 27.

Goalies: Aberdeen Central, Camden Fauth.

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