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POLSON – The Lady Pirate soccer team is on fire scorching their opponents and picking up three wins to add to their “book of awesome.”
Tuesday, at home, Lady Pirate Tiara Duford led her team to the 3-1 victory taking in two goals for her team. Sarah Howell added to the three scoring first for Polson.
“The Lady Pirates played their best soccer to date against the Southwest’s second seed,” Coach Michael Hewston said. “The ball movement and control is by far the best we’ve seen this year.”
While hosting Whitefish on Thursday, the Lady Pirates did something that, according to Hewston, beat the Lady Bulldogs in Polson for the first time in, depending on who you ask, 9-17 years.
In the 3-0 shutout, Howell and Duford combined to put in all three scores with Howell grabbing two shots assisted by Duford and Duford putting one in the net on her own.
“Although Tiara and Sarah scored the goals, and as cliché as it sounds, it truly was a team effort,” Hewston said. “The Lady Pirates played solid soccer with sustained possession and all around good play. It was a well-deserved win.”
Saturday the Lady Pirates traveled to Bigfork to challenge the Valkyries, posting another shutout to bring home the 4-0 win and bring their conference record to 3-2-1. While keeping it scoreless throughout the first half, the Lady Pirates opened up and scored all four goals in the final 40 minutes of play.
Howell, Duford, Linnea Madsen, and Jenessa Taylor all bumped one in to score for Polson. Keely Clairmont posted seven saves at the net.
“The Lady Pirates started slow in the first half and controlled the second half of the game. The girls knew to control their playoff course they would need to beat Bigfork by more than one. They were slow to start and I think it was because they had winning on their minds. At half time we refocused on what quality play includes, and reaffirmed we didn’t need to win, we needed to play.” Hewston said. “Winning is a symptom of quality play. We don’t get quality play because we win, we win because we have quality play.”
The Lady Pirates will host Columbia Falls Oct. 9 and will travel to Libby Oct. 11.
Polson 3, Corvallis 1
Polson 3, Whitefish 0
Polson 4, Bigfork 0