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Windauer’s Scintillating Start Lifts Wildkats to 3-0

Senior has 10 goals in first three matches, including four apiece in wins over Polson, Hamilton

Senior Josie Windauer has potted 10 goals in the first three matches of the season, including a pair in a win over rival Whitefish, to put Columbia Falls on top of the Northern A soccer standings two weeks into the young season.

Windauer, who will play for the University of Montana next year, scored four times in each of the Wildkats’ first two matches, a 7-3 rout of Polson on Aug. 29 and a 6-1 blowout of Hamilton two days later. Windauer then found the back of the net twice in the first half as the Wildkats upended Whitefish, 4-3, on the road Sept. 3.

Columbia Falls (3-0-0, 2-0-0 Northern A) won a three-way tiebreaker to finish first in the Northern A last season, only to lose their opening-round match in the state tournament to eventual runner-up Laurel. A two-time all-state selection, Windauer scored 28 goals in 2018 and now has 59 in her varsity career.

The Wildkats and first-year coach Thomas Clark will play for the first time on their home field in their next match, Sept. 14 against Livingston.