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Lady Loco soccer advances to 7th consecutive State Title game
By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Kadee Grammer attempts a goal while Gracey Willis watches during the Lady Locos’ semi–final win at Columbia Falls on Saturday. Photo courtesy Brigid Wagner

Kadee Grammer attempts a goal while Gracey Willis watches during the Lady Locos’ semi–final win at Columbia Falls on Saturday. Photo courtesy Brigid Wagner

laurel celebrates a goal during their 5–1 victory over Columbia Falls on oct. 24. Photo courtesy Brigid Wagner

laurel celebrates a goal during their 5–1 victory over Columbia Falls on oct. 24. Photo courtesy Brigid Wagner

After a slow start in Columbia Falls, Laurel rallied to beat the Wildcats in the Class A State semi–final game for the third year in a row, 5–1.

After going down 0–1 on an early Wildcat goal, Coach Aloma Jess said the girls showed discipline, determination and patience which paid off as the Lady Locos outscored them 5–0 the rest of the way.

“The match with Columbia Falls was very physical, which was to be expected. The goal against us was not the way we wanted to start but I think it woke us up and the Lady Locos just kept their feet on the gas pedal and controlled the match for most of the remainder of the game.”

Mya Maack tied the match in the 8th minute on an assist from Allison Shovar, then assisted Maeson Cotter on a goal in the 15th minute to take a 2–1 lead into the half.

Coach Jess said even though Laurel kept increasing their lead they had to keep pushing because Columbia Falls kept constant pressure on them.

Morgan Maack scored on an unassisted goal in the 45th minute, Mya had her second goal of the match in the 55th and Shovar scored the final goal in the 59th minute on an assist from Alyse Aby.

Now the defending State Class A Champions will host Whitefish at home in the title game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Laurel Stadium. This is the first time the Lady Locos have hosted a State Championship soccer game since 2004 (6–1 loss to Columbia Falls) and the first State Championship game in the current stadium, which opened in 2009. It is also the first time in five years Laurel won’t face Billings Central who was knocked off (1–0) by the Lady Bulldogs last week.

Coach Jess said of the upcoming game, “We played Whitefish last year and we are familiar with their players and their style of play. It will be another physical challenge but the Lady Locos have hit their stride in the postseason and I trust that they will continue to connect on the field and come out successful.”

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