COLUMBIA FALLS – The Lady Pirates soccer team split their week with a close loss to the Wildkats, but put it in the past when returning home to demolish Libby on Saturday.
In Columbia Falls Thursday, the Lady Pirates trailed the Wildkats throughout the game, scoring a single goal off the foot of Sarah Howell to save the Lady Pirates from a shutout and sending Polson home with the 1-2 loss.
Saturday the Lady Pirates were able to redeem glory with a towering 7-0 victory over Libby on the Lady Pirates home grass.
Howell led her team with a goal and four assists in a move that Coach Michael Hewston said highlighted Howell’s selfless play.
“She could have run up the score on her own with ample shooting opportunities, but rather than showcase herself, she showcased the team, feeding them the ball to earn the assist rather than the goal. She is not only an asset to our team; she is a showcase of what we are trying to build in our program,” Hewston said. “She earned All-State the last two years and is no doubt on her way to doing so again.”
Along with Howell, Linnea Madsen also socked in a couple for the Lady Pirates, scoring two and assisting with another. Jenna Evertz and Michelle Terry scored a goal apiece, both logging their first varsity goal.
The Lady Pirates will host Whitefish Oct. 2 and then will travel to Bigfork Oct. 4.
Polson 1, Columbia Falls 2
Polson 7, Libby 0
COLUMBIA FALLS – The Pirates are still searching for that first win this season with a couple of drops over the week.
On Thursday the Pirates faced Columbia Falls in Wildcat country. Though the Pirates made six attempts at the goal, they couldn’t get anything past the Wildcat keeper, ending the contest with a 0-2 loss.
Pirate goalkeeper Trevor Basler worked hard for his team, saving five from scoring.
“We started out the game well with good passing and good ball control but again we couldn’t convert on our scoring opportunities.” Coach Jess Kittle said. “We let momentum swing to Columbia Falls because we didn’t score when we had the chance. We couldn’t keep the pressure on them.”
At home on Saturday the Pirates hosted Libby’s Loggers. After Libby grabbed two early on, Polson could not come back to score, tumbling the Pirates 0-2.
“This was a tough game. We had higher expectations for this game, we gave ourselves good opportunities but we couldn’t find the back of the net,” Kittle said. “The Libby goalkeeper had a good game, stopping some good shots, but I don’t feel like we tested him enough during the game.”
Russ Smith logged six saves for Polson in the contest.
The Pirates will continue their search for victory, hosting Whitefish Oct. 2 and then heading to Bigfork Oct. 4.
Polson 0, Columbia Falls 2
Polson 0, Libby 2