Polson soccer rolling along path to victory
POLSON — In the competitive world of high school soccer, the Pirates and Lady Pirates are making their way through the storm – learning lessons and gaining experience along the winding road of inching toward “goals.”
Lady Pirates Head Coach Michael Hewston is happy with the advancement he is seeing on the field.
“It’s coming together well,” Hewston said. “The girls are playing the kind of soccer we want them to play.”
Though the Lady Pirates faced an upset at their Homecoming game on Thursday against Bigfork, falling 1-2, Hewston said overall his Lady Pirates are boasting a better record than last year at this time of the season and has high hopes for them towards postseason.
Senior Sarah Howell scored the lone goal for the Lady Pirates assisted by Keely Clairmont. Jenna Evertz worked it out at the net, saving 11 shots for her team.
Three seniors lead the Lady Pirates including Howell, a two-time All-State honoree; Linnea Madsen, also boasting a couple of All-Conference nods under her belt; and Clairmont.
“They do their job very well,” Hewston said, adding that Clairmont has been “an absolute asset.”
Though the boys are still looking for their first win, Pirate shots on the goal are giving opponents a run for their money.
On Thursday’s game against Bigfork, Pirates outshot the Vikings 9-8 but unfortunately came up short, falling 0-2.
Coach Jess Kittle said the boys are “taking strides in practice to correct problems.”
Goalkeeper Trevor Basler helmed the net, saving six for the Pirates.
The Pirates boast six return seniors: Spencer Raymond and Alex Hegleson, both All-Conference selections last year; Trevor Basler, Morgan Moll; Rylee Andrews; and Jonah Kasnitz. All are potential threats on the field.
With postseason a month away and counting, the Pirates and Lady Pirates are both focusing on plans of attack in hopes to grab play-off crowns.
Polson will head to Columbia Falls Sept. 25 and will return to host Libby Sept. 27 and Corvallis Sept. 30.
Polson 0, Bigfork 2
Polson 1, Bigfork 2