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Pirate soccer nets first win, ladies trounce Libby

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The Pirates brought home a much anticipated first win of the season in front of a home crowd on Tuesday, running over Columbia Falls with a 1-0 score.

Pirate sophomore Sutton Kanta smashed in Polson’s winning score, logging the first goal of his varsity career.

Coach Jess Kittle was impressed with the boys’ game play. 

“Our defense put together a great game of bend but didn’t break style of play,” he said.

Goalkeeper Trevor Basler also boasted a first in varsity play – a complete game shut out. Basler knocked down seven saves for the Pirates.

On Saturday the Pirates hosted Libby but lost some of the winning spirit from the day before and took a fall in the 0-3 game.

“This was a tough game,” Kittle said. “We had higher expectations for this game. We gave ourselves good opportunities but we couldn’t find the back of the net.”

The Lady Pirates also faced a split week dropping to Columbia Falls 0-3.

Frosh keeper Jenna Evertz defended the net with 13 saves but the Lady Pirates just couldn’t put the ball in the net for a score.

Saturday fared better for the Lady Pirates as they grabbed an overpowering 7-0 win from Libby.

Coach Michael Hewston had nothing but good things to say about his girls. 

Seniors Monica Cleveland, Amanda Harrod, Kyrie Bitterman, and Melina Jore impressed Hewston, with Jore scoring the first “hat trick” of her career. But it was freshman Camas Renault that gained respect with “the most inspirational goal of the season,” according to Hewston

“Camas is one of the hardest working girls on the team,” Hewston said. “It was nice to see Camas’ hard work and effort be rewarded with a goal.”

The Lady Pirates have earned a playoff spot for the second time in three seasons and will kick off postseason play against Billings Central in Billings Oct. 19.

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