Boys soccer falls just short in state title game

Connor Waddingham
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Outlook photo by Connor Waddingham                        Laurel senior Ricky Temporal dribbling the ball in the State championship game against Whitefish.

Outlook photo by Connor Waddingham
          
            Laurel senior Ricky Temporal dribbling the ball in the State championship game against Whitefish.

The Laurel boys played their title game early Saturday morning, before the girls did. They were matched up with a fantastic Whitefish team who got the best of the Locomotives for the second time this season. In August the Bulldogs beat the Locos 6-0. In the State Championship game on November 2, Whitefish got the best of Laurel once again, winning 4-0. The Bulldogs led by just one goal at halftime, but poured on three goals in the second half to put the game well out of reach. Whitefish ended their season with 15 wins, 0 losses.

 

Nov. 2

Whitefish 4 - 0 Laurel

Goals:

(WFH) Ian Lacey (assist- Casey Schneider)

(WFH) Sam Menicke (assist- Casey Schneider)

(WFH) Casey Schneider

(WFH) Joshua Gunderson

 

It was a brisk morning in Laurel for this championship game. It was 34 degrees at kickoff and the sky was gloomy and appeared to have one large, grey cloud covering the whole sky. There were winds from the east, which did not affect play too much. 

The Bulldogs scored early in this title game. Whitefish had a corner in the 3rd minute that they did not get the header from, but the rebound bounced to an ideal spot and the Bulldogs’ Ian Lacey scored the lone goal of the half. 

Whitefish controlled possession nearly the entire game. Their passing was precise, and their dribbling was quick and easy. In the 36th minute, Laurel had an injury scare where they almost lost their starting goalkeeper. Kade McIlvain took a tough fall and seemed to be in apparent pain, holding his knee and limping around. He was subbed out for a couple of minutes, but came back in and finished the game.

In the second half, the Bulldogs poured on the goals. They scored three goals in the 40 minutes of the second half, and easily won this game, as they were the better team. Laurel tried its best and did get off a couple of shots, but it was not enough. The Bulldogs wound up winning this game 4-0 and were crowned State Champions. Laurel’s season was a success by any measure, taking second place and winning their first two ever playoff games. 

 

The Laurel boys soccer team will now say goodbye to a long list of seniors. The Locos sported nine seniors this season. Jordan Reiner, Matt Mosby, Kade McIlvain, Dylan Johnson, Ethan Meccage, Ricky Temporal, Judiah Kellogg, Austin Purcell, Chris Steinmasel and Bryce Adkins will all be graduating in the spring and have played their final games as Locomotives. This was the greatest boys soccer team in Laurel’s history, so these boys should be very proud of all they have accomplished this year.

Next year, the team will be led by players such as Kyle DeSmet and Kaiden LaCasse. They will have just one or two seniors on the team next season. Gage Olsen and Dylan Baker are the only players on the team’s roster this season that were listed as juniors.

Congrats to the boys soccer team for making history this year, and taking this remarkable season all the way to the State championship!

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