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Sioux Falls Soccer Gets Sanctioned

April 16, 2014, 6:06 PM by Don Jorgensen

Sioux Falls Soccer Gets Sanctioned
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

They've waited a long time, but finally Sioux Falls soccer players got their wish.

Monday night, the school board tentatively approved funding for soccer as a sanctioned sport and players and parents couldn't be happier.

Lincoln High School Junior Hannah Faris has been playing soccer most of her young life. But never has her sport been sanctioned.

"It's definitely exciting considering we've been wanting to sanction soccer for a really long time now," Faris said.

Faris says sanctioning soccer as a high school sport will mean playing meaningful games.

"Just being able to play teams like O'Gorman and Harrisburg and Spearfish, knowing they are going to be counted like whoever wins, it'll be counted, it's not just going to be a friendly game, I guess," Faris said.

Parents will also feel the benefits of not having the burden of paying for everything.

"Hotels cost a lot and we have to pay for our lunches and for everything else too," Lincoln Junior Cesar Cuellar said.

"It makes a big difference with money and everything we don't have to pay when we go out to Rapid, we'll be taking a bus instead of having to pay for our own gas," Faris said.

Plus, being sanctioned could draw more attention to their sport from area colleges.

"If everyone gets sanctioned in South Dakota, then there would be just one championship, which would be a bigger tournament at the end of the year," Lincoln Junior Teren Schuster said.

Which is why they feel that no matter how many goals are scored by either team, they've all just scored a big victory.

The Sioux Falls school board will make it official in July with play to begin this fall.

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