The Flathead Valley hosted all four Class A semifinal soccer matches over the weekend.
Whitefish advanced to the state final for the fourth straight year after a 6-0 victory over Corvallis. Collin Lyman scored two goals, while James Thompson, Aaron Dicks, Gabe Menicke and Marvin Kimera also scored for the Bulldogs. Whitefish is 41-0-2 over the past three years, including 12-0-1 this fall. Several players on the team have never lost a match while wearing a Bulldogs uniform.
The Bulldogs will face off against Columbia Falls (11-1-1) on Halloween. The Wildcats advanced to the state title match for the first time in 15 years after beating Billings Central 2-1. Freshman Kai Golan made the game-winning goal with nine minutes remaining.
Columbia Falls will make the seven-mile trek to Whitefish for the championship match, seeking to upset the two-time defending champions. The teams played twice this year, once to a draw and once with Whitefish victorious.
In the girls tournament, defending state champion Laurel (9-0-1) advanced to the final with a 5-1 win over Columbia falls (10-3-0). Maddie Robison gave the Wildkats an early 1-0 lead, but Columbia Falls was unable to hold off the Locomotives.
Whitefish (11-0-1) advances to the state championship match for the first time since 2013 as the Bulldogs beat Billings Central 1-0 on a goal by Adrienne Healy. Billings Central (7-2-1) had appeared in five consecutive state final matches. Whitefish will travel to Laurel for the Saturday game.
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