Polson girls sweep weekend soccer matches; boys split
POLSON — The Pirates and Lady Pirates got off to a good start this weekend against the visiting Belgrade Panthers on Friday and Livingston on Saturday.
The Lady Pirates played well together for the 1-0 win over the well-coached Belgrade Panthers, according to Polson coach Michael Hewston.
“The Lady Pirates moved and possessed the ball a good percentage of the time,” Hewston said. “The defensive group was able to swing the ball from either side pretty much at will; it really helped to change the point of attack.”
Polson looked to Janessa Taylor on the outside to create scoring opportunities for strikers Ashlee Howell and Tiara Duford.
“We had our shots on goal; the ball movement looked good,” Hewston added. “Our opportunity will be with conditioning — the smoke had us in the gym most of the second week and there was some drop in play in the final minutes of each quarter. We will work on that.”
For the boys, Michael Mercer had Polson’s lone goal off a penalty kick in the second half. Belgrade scored in the first and second halves to make the final score in the non-conference season opener 2-1.
On Saturday, rain, wind and chilly temperatures greeted the athletes. The Lady Pirates started off a little sluggish, according to Hewston, but after Livingston’s Park Rangers scored at 11 minutes in, the Polson girls seemed to get a boost in energy. Duford scored at 35:00 to tie the game going into halftime, and the team came back for the second frame in better spirits. Howell, Taylor and Duford managed three more goals within 10 minutes to clinch the win at 4-1.
“Janessa, Ashley, and Tiara came alive on feeds from (Sophia) Sisler and the core four changing the point of attack by swinging the ball,” Hewston explained. “Ashley Benson had her first varsity start in the midfield and did well.”
The Polson boys also picked up a win in an offensive battle with the Rangers, where the only score came late in the game from Pirate Andrew Hanson off a through ball from Alex Encizo. A strong storm with driving rain forced a one-hour delay just after halftime.
Polson will host Frenchtown on Thursday before traveling to Corvallis on Saturday.
Polson 1, Belgrade 0
Polson 0 - 1 – 1
Belgrade 0 - 0 – 0
P – Tiara Duford, 60:00
Shots on goal – Belgrade 9, Polson 17. Saves – Belgrade 8 (Emily Cody), Polson 7 (Jenna Evertz). Corner kicks – Belgrade 3, Polson 1. Total fouls – Belgrade 2, Polson 8. Cards – none.
Polson 4, Livingston 1
Livingston 1 - 0 – 1
Polson 1 - 3 – 4
L - Jordan Marks 11:00
P - Tiara Duford, 35:00
P - Ashley Howell, 58:00
P - Janessa Taylor, 56:00
P - Taylor (Duford), 68:00
Shots on goal – Livingston 5, Polson 19. Saves – Livingston 8, Polson 5 (Jenna Evertz). Corner kicks – Livingston 0, Polson 3. Total fouls – Livingston 2, Polson 5. Cards – none.
Polon 1, Livingston 0
Livingston 0 - 0 – 0
Polson 0 - 1 – 0
P – Andrew Hanson (Encizo), 79:00
Shots on goal – Livingston 8, Polson 9. Corner kicks – Livingston 3, Polson 2.