The Belle Fourche boys varsity soccer team finished their season with a 7-6-1 record and a run to the semi-finals in the playoffs. During the last half of the season the Broncs dropped a lightning shortened game in Sturgis 5-0, but the Broncs rebounded with an 8-4 victory over James Valley Christian in Huron. The Broncs found the goal often against James Valley with Drake Sutter netting three scores for the hat trick. Keagan Walker added two goals with Noah Fowler, Isaac Voyles and Griffen Biehl each adding a score each. Spearfish then shut out the Broncs 8-0 in Belle Fourche setting up a big game between Belle and St. Thomas More in Rapid City.
More started the scoring to take a 1-0 lead before Drake Sutter booted in two scores and Noah Fowler added another to stake the Broncs to a 3-1 lead at halftime. Sutter found the net two more times in the second half as the Broncs prevailed by a 5-2 score.
Head Coach Lucas Trimble cited Logan Willert as a game changer with his field play and keeper Josh Brill making important stops in the box.
The Broncs dropped a second game to a tough Sturgis team 6-0 before losing a tight game to Douglas/RC Christian/New Underwood 2-1. The Broncs were playing the Douglas game without two starters and only had three subs available for the game.
Drake Sutter scored the lone Broncs goal on a Darian Pesicka assist. Belle then played Custer to a 1-1 draw in Belle Fourche before dropping Hot Springs 9-0 in Hot Springs. Griffen Biehl got his first hat trick of his career against the Bison.
The Broncs returned to Belle for senior night beating St Thomas More for the second time this year 5-1. Issac Voyles scored three goals and Biehl stayed hot with two counters. Seniors honored at halftime were Ethan Staley and Noah Fowler.
The Broncs traveled to Freeman to take on the Freeman Academy Bobcats in the opening round of the playoffs. The game was played under very windy conditions with tough defense but Belle defeated the Bobcats 1-0. Keagan Walker scored the game winning goal for Belle.
Coach Lucas Trimble credited Josh Brill for some great saves from his keeper position that kept Freeman Academy out of the net. Two days later Belle had to travel across the state again to take on number one seed Sioux Falls Christian. The Chargers beat the Broncs 9-0. Christian would go on to win the A state championship the next weekend 4-2 over Tea.
The Broncs girls team had a very hard schedule against some very good teams and ended up the season winless at 0-12.
Alexa Swaney got Belle’s first score of the season in a 7-1 loss to St. Thomas More on September 9th.
Coach Rebekah Trimble mentioned Jazlyn Olson, Mikka Dunavant, Lydia Main, and Swaney for exceptional play. The Ladies had their best outing of the season on Saturday September 16th when they hosted the Douglas/RC Christian/New Underwood squad. Douglas led 1-0 at the break but two goals by Olson and a nice assist by Swaney kept the Broncs close but Douglas escaped with the 3-2 victory.
The Broncs final game was senior night at home against St. Thomas More.
The Broncs played a very competitive game against the Lady Cavaliers but fell by a 4-1 score.
Alexa Swaney knocked in the lone goal for Belle. Ava Allen was the only senior on the team this year and was honored during halftime. The Lady Broncs should have a strong nucleus of players back for next year’s campaign.