It’s a rare opportunity to end the season with a victory. But the Whitefish boys soccer team did just that last weekend, winning the Class A boys state championship.
Sam Donaldson, the state’s leading scorer, and Sean Janni each had a goal and assist and the Bulldogs shut out Polson 3-0 at Smith Fields to earn the program’s fourth state title since 2002, the most of any Class A boys team.
Goalie Thomas Clark made five saves, Nathan Boone had a goal and Curran Edland added an assist for the Bulldogs (13-2-0).
The win was Whitefish’s 12th-straight and the culmination of a season’s worth of high expectations. I’m glad it turned out well for this Bulldogs squad. I remember covering the team two years ago when they fought their way in similar fashion to the title game, but fell short against Billings Central. I remember seeing that team’s seniors who were ending an impressive prep career take the loss hard. But I’m sure head coach O’Brien Byrd would agree, this year’s championship is rooted in previous years’ teams and what they’ve built — a powerhouse.
Whitefish remains the soccer powerhouse in Class A.
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