RC Stevens girls soccer team to play for a state title
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Since girls soccer became a sanctioned sport by the South Dakota High School Activities Association in 2012, Rapid City Stevens has never won a state title.
But this weekend, the Raiders hope to change that.
Stevens rallied to beat Aberdeen Central on Oct. 12 to qualify for the state finals for the second time in four years.
Back in 2018, the Raiders lost to Pierre in the state championship match.
The Raiders will play Sioux Falls Roosevelt in the Class ‘AA’ finals at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Howard wood Field in Sioux Falls.
The two teams met once during the regular season back on August 27 and Stevens shut out Roosevelt 3-0.
Stevens enters the finals as the No. 4 seed with a record of 12-2-1.
On the other hand, Roosevelt is 7-5-2.
Although Roosevelt is the 10th seed, the Rough Riders have not allowed a goal in their three playoffs matches.
“They’re not scoring a lot of goals,” said Stevens girls soccer coach Luis Usera. “But no one is scoring on them. So they’ve really cleaned up their defense. They’re really tight. They’re really feisty. They’re very aggressive. And so I think we’re going to see a faster paced game against them than we saw in August. Hopefully, we’re going to put it together better than they will so. That’s really where we’re at.”
“We’re excited,” said Stevens defensive midfielder Taylor Wit. “Definitely confident. Not too confident. Not cocky. Definitely going to be a hard game. Sioux Falls is good. They’re a good competitor. Its not going to be easy. But something we’re ready for. This is what we’ve wanted since the end of last season.”
“We’re all really happy,” said Stevens striker Breanna Reagan. “But obviously we’re all really nervous because we want to bring home a title because we’ve never won one before. I think this is the year that we all think we can do it.”