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Polson girls level Loggers, Wildkats
POLSON — It wasn’t a pretty for Libby, but the Lady Pirate Soccer team showed their strength as they clobbered the Lady Loggers 11-1 on Thursday, Sept. 15.
Polson tallied 21 shots on goal to Libby’s four with six Pirates scoring on 11 goals.
Still, Libby pressured Polson from start to finish, according to Coach Michael Hewston.
His team played “good possession-based soccer. The girls started a bit slow on the passing game but pressure from Libby really forced the girls to clean it up,” Hewston said. “The girls played fast and were able to swing the ball in both the attack and in the defense opening up scoring opportunities.”
The Lady Pirates earned another win against Columbia Falls on Saturday, edging past the competitive Wildkats, 2-1.
“It was the first time in a long, long time that the Lady Pirate squad was able to win in Columbia Falls,” Hewston said. “It was outright great soccer against our number-one competitor.”
Hewston noted that Marina Mayorga and Ashlee Howell handled the 4‐3‐3 attack controlling the midfield and creating opportunities for the attacking group of Alana Fox, Tiara Duford, JaNessa Taylor and Amber Clarke up top, playing it back to the defensive group of Ashley Benson, Olivia Hewston, Sophia Sisler and Amelia Pittsley to maintain possession.
Alana Fox also played some of her best soccer this season, according to Hewston, with all the girls “working as a single group.”
The Lady Pirates played Bigfork Tuesday, travel to Hamilton for a 4 p.m. game Thursday and Whitefish for a 5 p.m. game on Saturday.
Results Polson 11, Libby 1
2nd minute Amber Clarke assisted by Janessa Taylor
5th minute Tiara Duford assisted by Janessa Taylor
10th minute Janessa Taylor assisted by Tiara Duford
14th minute Ashlee Howell unassisted
22nd minute Marina Mayorga unassisted
37th minute Tiara Duford assisted by Ashlee Howell
45th minute Marina Mayorga assisted by Amber Clarke
48th minute Janessa Taylor assisted by Ashlee Howell 53rd minute Janessa Taylor assisted by Alana Fox
72nd minute Marina Mayorga assisted by Ashlee Howell
74th minute Tiara Duford assisted by Janessa Taylor
Polson 2, CFalls 1
26th minute Columbia Falls Hannah Callender
58th minute Olivia Hewston unassisted –direct kick penalty 66th minute Tiara Duford assisted by Amber Clarke
Polson boys soccer splits contests on road
The Polson Pirates traveled to Billings and Laurel Sept. 9-10 for two close non-conference contests.
On Friday Billings Central outscored Polson 3-2. Pirates Robin Erickson and Linde Lambson both scored goals with assists by Michael Mercer. Goalkeeper Russell Smith saved three shots on goal for the Pirates.
The following day the Pirates’ Andrew Hanson scored a hat trick to beat Laurel 3-1. Mercer and Mack Moderie assisted.
The Pirates lost a close conference game, 2-1, to Columbia Falls on Saturday. Daniel DiGiallonardo scored Polson’s lone goal.
The Pirates continue their road travels as they played Bigfork Tuesday, will play Hamilton JV on Thursday, and go to Whitefish Saturday.