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Central boys have winning streak snapped in setback to Yankton

Aberdeen Central’s Tyler Bain sets to kick the ball into play on a corner kick during Monday’s match against Watertown at Brownell Activities Complex. Bain scored Central's lone goal in a setback at Yankton on Saturday. Photo by John Davis taken 9/18/2023

YANKTON – Aberdeen Central saw its six-match win streak snapped Saturday afternoon, as Yankton scored three goals in the first half to take a 4-1 win over the Golden Eagles in an Eastern South Dakota Conference boys’ soccer match.

Central had pitched three straight shutouts coming into Saturday’s contest, but couldn’t right the ship before it had taken on a 3-goal deficit early in the first half.

Central’s Tyler Bain scored early in the second half, to give the Golden Eagles some life.

But a late foul led to a late Yankton goal for the 4-1 final.

“It stings for different reasons,” said Central coach Lance Mohr. “One, obviously, is that we lost a game and we had a lot riding on it as far as seeding goes. … And two, we weren’t able to weather that initial goal, and instead we let that initial mistake compound, which is something we haven’t done a lot of lately.”

Mohr said his team actually played well for more than half the game, but was unable to climb out of the hole it dug in the first 30 minutes of play.

“It was a 1-1 game the last 50 minutes,” he said. “It was the first 30 that did us in.”

While Central’s streak did come to an end, Mohr said the Golden Eagles are already looking for a chance at redemption, starting Tuesday when Central hosts Mitchell in a rescheduled game.

“We know where we need to be at to compete for 80 minutes with one of the best teams in the state,” he said. 

Central will round out the season Thursday, hosting Pierre in the regular-season finale. Both games are set to begin at 6 p.m. at the Gene Brownell Activities Complex.

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