Pirates torpedo Vikings, cage Cats
At Columbia Falls, the visiting Pirates and the host Wildcats played to a scoreless tie through the first half. But coming out of intermission, Polson opened the second half with two quick goals. Class A scoring leader Mack Moderie curled a corner kick into the net for the first tally, then pummeled one in from the pitch a minute later to stake the Pirates to a two goal advantage. Robin Erickson then added some insurance with goal number three during the waning segment of the contest.
The Pirate boys host the visiting Whitefish Bulldogs on Thursday at 7 p.m. for Homecoming, then travel to Libby on Saturday to close out the regular schedule.
Polson 3, Columbia Falls 0
Polson (5-1N, 9-1), C.Falls (2-4N, 3-7)
Polson 0 3 3
C.Falls 0 0 0
P g Mack Moderie (ck) 41
P g Moderie (a Robin Erickson) 42
P g R.Erickson (a Moderie) 73
SHOTS-on-goal P16, CF12
SAVES P6*(Kaden Nelson), CF8 (Story Stemborski)
CORNERS P13, CF1. FOULS P6, CF9
Asterisk (*) denotes stat variant(s) where media coverage differs from sideline specs: P6sv (Xavier Stalkfleet)
At Polson, the second installment of the battle between the bays at the south end of Flathead Lake would list heavily in favor of the host Pirates. Both Mack Moderie and Robin Erickson scored braces (2 goals), while fellow seniors Nico River along with Bridger Wenzel netted solo tallies. Not to be outdone by their elder upperclassmen, a pair of freshmen also tallied with their toes. Sam Whealon netted his first varsity career goal, while Kaden Nelson tickled the twine for his second varsity career goal before taking over keeper duties guarding the Polson net during the second half.
Polson 8, Bigfork 1
Polson (4-1N, 8-1), Bigfork (1-4N, 1-8)
Bigfork 0 1 1
Polson 6 2 8
P g Nico River (a Mack Moderie) 5
P g Moderie (a Bridger Wenzel) 16
P g Wenzel (aΉ Robin Erickson, a² River) 22
P g Sam Whealon (a Moderie) 27
P g Kaden Nelson 38
P g R.Erickson (a Tray Lichtenberg) 39
P g Moderie (a Wenzel) 48
B g Jeremy Herd (a Baltazar Alcaraz) 56
P g R.Erickson 66
Shots-(on-GOAL) B14(7)*, P41(28)*
SAVES B2h(Caden Riedesel 14sv), P4sv (Xavier Stalkfleet 1h, Kaden Nelson 4sv2h)
Pindiv sh(SOG) River 9(6): (xbar68); Moderie 9(6): (B#9Ddefl12); R.Erickson 9(6): FGpost14(B?Ddefl17); Nelson 5(4): (B#9Ddefl36); Wenzel 3(2): (post12); Whealon 3(2); Davis Smith 2(1); Keyan Dalbey (1).
Bindiv sh(SOG) Herd 4(2); Alcaraz 1; Ben Pilskalns 5(3); Kenan Rehbein 1; Brandon Curry 2(1); ?ID (1).
Asterisk (*) denotes stat variant(s) where JH tally differs from sideline specs: B3sog/P22sog, P3sv
ACRONYM KEY: sv (save), h (handle)
Lady Pirates force feline
flounder, vanquish Vals
At Columbia Falls, the visiting Lady Pirates extracted a measure of revenge for previous losses to the WildKats in a scratch-fest of a soccer skirmish. After a scoreless first half of which the lions share was played on the Polson side of the field, adjustments were made at intermissioin which were reflected in improved ball movement and shot productivity. Two quick goals, a stalemate tiebreaker by Sophia Moderie and a header hammered home by Ashlee Howell, staked Polson with a two goal advantage. The Lady Pirates continued to apply pressured to the Kat box defended by keeper Avι McDonald, daughter of former CSK tribal attorney Ranald McDonald as well as one time Polson resident. At the other end of the field, the defense forced the Kats to run a soccer version of the gauntlet while denying second-leading league goal scorer Josie Windauer (niece of local Windauer Dentistry) room to operate.
The victory was the fruition of a team effort that accentuated aspirations held by senior captain Howell as well as coach Jaime Whealon. The Kats were the team against which Howell sustained her season ending knee injury last year, while that victory was a first the skipper. Coach Whealon was so stoked about the win that he will be sporting pink hair with a purple LP stenciled on back for Homecoming week.
While space does not suffice to acknowledge all player contributions during the course of this contest, mention is made of the superb level of play by Kyla Heiser on the wing, Lilly Armstrong at center defender, Ali Hupka at center mid and Addy Day at left defender.
The Lady Pirates will host Whitefish in their Homecoming game this Thursday at 5 p.m., then travel to Libby on Saturday.
Polson 2, Columbia Falls 1
Polson (4-2N, 5-4-1), C.Falls (4-2N, 7-3)
Polson 0 2 2
C.Falls 0 1 1
P g Sophia Moderie (a Ashlee Howell) 44
P g Howell (a Jazlyn Dalbey) 45
CF g Cheyanne Johnson-Heinz (a Lakia Hill) 78
Shots-(on-GOAL) *P12(8), CF20(10)*
SAVES P*(Kallie Finkbeiner 9), CF*(Avι McDonald 6)
CORNERS P3, CF3. FOULS P3, CF4.
Pindiv sh(SOG) Howell (4), Moderie 3(2), Ali Hupka 3(2), Megan Rost 1, Kyla Heiser 1.
Asterisk (*) denotes stat variant(s) where venue stats differ from Polson sideline specs: CFdata = P10sog/CF33sog, P15sv/CF11sv
At Polson, the host Lady Pirates dispatched the visiting Valkyries to sweep the the Battle of the Bays series at the south end of Flathead Lake. Ashlee Howell along with Sophia Moderie had both scored braces (2 goals) and Ali Hupka had scored a fifth goal off an Addy Day assist that took a high arc before spinning into net before Bigfork countered with a pair of goals to close the gap. Defensive adjustments were made to splash cold water on the spark of the rally, while ordinarily defender shifted to striker Grace Hobbs added an insurance goal off a Megan Rost assist.
Polson 6, Bigfork 2
Polson (3-2N, 4-4-1), Bigfork (0-5, 0-9)
Bigfork 0 2 2
Polson 2 4 6
P g Ashlee Howell (a Ali Hupka) 18
P g Sophia Moderie (unassisted) 26
P g Howell (pk) 50
P g Moderie (a Howell) 54
P g Hupka (a Addy Day) 60
B g Jordan Nelson (a Audrey Buenz) 61
B g Buenz (a Kate Reese) 62
P g Grace Hobbs (a Megan Rost) 69
Shots-(on-GOAL) B15sh(10sog), P47sh(33sog)
SAVES B+4h (Nya Schara 19sv), P7sv+2h (Rost 2, Kallie Finkbeiner 5)
CORNERS B0,P8. FOULS B4,P3.
CARDS B1yellow (Alyssa Cumming)
Pindiv sh(SOG) Moderie 17(12): (B#16Ddefl4x)(B#19Ddefl56); Howell 9(7): (B#4Ddefl12); Lilly Armstrong 7(4); Hupka 4(3): (BfDdefl2x); Jazlyn Dalbey 3(2): (B#16Ddefl17); Kyla Heiser 3(2): (B?Ddefl64); Rost (2); Hobbs (1); Chloe Matt (1).
Bindiv sh(SOG) Nelson 8(5); Buenz 6(4); Reese (1).