State Soccer Roundup: Local Schools Advance

Glacier, Whitefish and Columbia Falls all move on to semifinals

By Micah Drew
Celie Vandenbosc of the Flathead Bravettes battles with Glacier Wolfpack’s Madison Becker at Legends Stadium in Kalispell on Sept. 15, 2020. Glacier won 1-0. Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

Glacier’s Diego Mendoza scored a goal off an overtime corner kick to nudge the Wolfpack over Billings West 3-2 in the quarterfinal playoff match on Oct. 17.

Braden Nitschelm scored twice for the Wolfpack, putting them up by two goals before West forced overtime with back-to-back goals after the 77th minute.

Glacier (11-3-2) faces undefeated Hellgate (15-0-1) in the semifinals on Oct. 20.

On the girls side, Glacier’s Reese Leichtfuss, Raegan Brisendine and Mickaela Santa each scored in a 3-0 shutout of Billings Skyview on Oct. 17 to advance to the semifinal round of the state tournament. The Wolfpack’s (12-4-0) semifinal match is against Bozeman (11-2-3) on Oct. 20.

Finley Sunberg’s goal off an assist from Jason Albin in the final four minutes gave Columbia Falls (10-1-1) a 2-1 win over Frenchtown (9-4-0) in the Class A quarterfinals over the weekend. The Wildcats will face Billings Central (6-1-2) in next week’s semifinals.

Whitefish (11-0-1) officially began its hunt for a third straight state title last week with a commanding 3-0 shutout of Lone Peak (2-4-2). Collin Lyman, Marvin Kimera and Brandon Mendoza scored for the Bulldogs, and Whitefish out-shot Lone Peak 21-0. The next round will pit Whitefish against Corvallis (9-3-2), which squeaked through the semis with a shootout win over Livingston.

In the girls tournament, Whitefish and Columbia falls all advanced through the first round of the tournament, while Bigfork (4-6-1) lost 4-0 to defending champion Laurel.

Columbia Falls (10-2) will meet Laurel (8-0-1) in the semifinals on Saturday. Kate Hatfield, Cheyanne Johnston-Henz and Hope McAtee all scored for the Wildkats as they downed Corvallis (7-3-3) 3-1.

Whitefish (10-0-1) romped Livingston (3-4-0) 5-1 and Emma Barron pulled off a hat trick. The Bulldogs will face off against Billings Central (7-1-1) on Saturday.

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