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Lady Pirates soccer team earns victory on road

LAUREL — After a tough 0-3 loss against Billings Central on Friday, the Lady Pirates rebounded Saturday to outshoot Laurel 4-1.

“From the whistle the girls played great soccer,” Coach Michael Hewston said.

Polson took 18 shots on goal to Laurel’s seven, and tallied their first points 8 minutes into the game when Ashlee Howell scored on an assist by Amber Clarke.

“The girls possessed much of the game and did a very good job of pressuring the ball,” Hewston said. “It truly was the difference in the game.”

Goalkeeper Jenna Evertz kept Laurel from scoring at the net six times while the defense of Ashley Benson, Olivia Hewston, Sophia Sisler and Amelia Pittsley kept the Lady Locomotives from firing on all cylinders.

“The defense played well together, stopping the through ball and moving the ball to the outside lines,” Hewston said.

The mobility of midfield players Marina Mayorga, JaNessa Taylor, Hannah Kasnitz, Clark and Howell helped secure the non-conference victory.

Although Billings Central shut out Polson a day earlier, Evertz was able to tally 13 saves out of Billings’ 16 shots on goal.

“The girls played defensive soccer against Billings but were unable to match the possession and speed. It was by far the fastest game the girls have seen,” Hewston said. “It was a good taste of what the girls will encounter post-season this year.”

The girls begin their conference season Thursday against Libby in Polson at 5 p.m.

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