SOCCER: Whitefish boys tie Billings Central

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BILLINGS — Considering what Whitefish had to deal with this week, the Bulldogs still managed to forge a 1-all tie with Billings Central on Friday in boys Class A soccer action.

The game, originally scheduled for Whitefish, was moved to Billings because the air quality in the valley from area wildfires has been ruled unhealthy for much of the week.

“Everybody was pretty rusty, especially the first half,” Whitefish coach John Lacey said.

“We haven’t been outside. It took us a first half to start playing. Once we got the rust out, the second half was much improved.”

Both teams scored in the first half.

“I feel good about getting the game in,” Lacey said. “I give a lot of credit to the administrators for getting our guys to play. It was hard stretch on everybody.”

Ian Lacey, off an assist by Casey Schneider, scored for Whitefish at 31 minutes.

“When we settled down and got back into a rhythm in the second half, it was a lot better,” Lacey said.

Whitefish (2-1-1) plays today at Laurel at 10 a.m.

Whitefish 1 0 — 1

Billings Central 1 0 — 1

BC — Camden Elletson (Felipe Gnecco), 4:00

W — Ian Lacey (Casey Schneider), 31:00

Shots on goal — Whitefish 6, Billings Central 3; Corner kicks — Whitefish 2, Billings Central 4; Goalie saves — Whitefish 2 (Colter Upton), Billings Central 5 (NA); Fouls — Whitefish 7, Billings Central 12; Cards —NA.

Laurel 3, Polson 2

LAUREL — Laurel and Polson alternated scoring goals with Luis Vega, who had a hat trick for Laurel, netting the game-winner at 59 minutes.

Bridger Wenzel accounted for Polson’s scoring with goals at 34 and 57 minutes.

Polson plays at Billings Central today.

Polson 1 1 — 2

Laurel 1 2 — 3

L — Luis Vega 18:00

P — Bridger Wenzel 34:00

L — Vega 56:00

P — Wenzel 57:00

L — Vega (Logan Jones) 59:00

Shots on goal — Polson 7, Laurel 6; Corner kicks — NA; Goalie saves — Polson 4 (Russell Smith), Laurel 12 (Kade McIlvein); Fouls — NA; Cards — NA.

Girls

Billings Central 5,

Whitefish 0

BILLINGS — Billings Central broke open a tight Class A nonconference matchup by scoring four goals in the second half for the easy victory.

Zoie Althoff had two goals for Central, which had 16 shots on goal to Whitefish’s one.

Whitefish plays at Laurel today.

Whitefish 0 0 — 0

Billings Central 1 4 — 5

BC — Zoie Althoff, 26:00

BC: Morgan Ferestad, 44:00

BC: own goal, 49:00

BC: Althoff, 56:00

BC: Chloe Paharik (Frankie Sindelar), 72:00

Shots on goal — Whitefish, 1, Central 16; Corner kicks — NA: Goalie saves — Whitefish 7 (Sami Galbraith), Billings Central 0 (Maggie Lyle); Fouls — NA; Cards — NA.

Laurel 4, Polson 2

LAUREL — Two late goals by Ashlee Howell helped Polson from being shut out by Laurel in a Class A nonconference matchup.

Maeson Cotter had two goals for Laurel, which had 18 shots on goal to Polson’s nine.

Polson plays at Billings Central today.

Polson 0 2 — 2

Laurel 2 2 — 4

L — Maeson Cotter, 14th minute

L — Gracey Willis (Apsen Cotter), 34th

L — Teigan Harper (Morgan Maack), 42nd

L — A. Cotter (penalty kick), 55th

P — Ashlee Howell, 76th

P — Howell, 79th.

Shots on Goal — Polson 9, Laurel 18; Corner kicks — NA: Goalie saves — Polson 14 (Megan Rost 14), Laurel 7 (Paige O’Toole); Fouls — NA; Cards — NA.

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