Lady Loco soccer in a familiar position against a familiar foe after quarterfinal win

By 
Chris Mcconnell Outlook News Staff
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Chloe Baumann (left) celebrates with Mya Maack after a second half goal during Laurel’s 4–0 win over Bigfork during the semifinal playoff game at Laurel Stadium last Saturday. Photo courtesy Gloria Allwin

Chloe Baumann (left) celebrates with Mya Maack after a second half goal during Laurel’s 4–0 win over Bigfork during the semifinal playoff game at Laurel Stadium last Saturday. Photo courtesy Gloria Allwin

The defending State Champion Lady Loco soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Class A playoffs on Saturday after beating Bigforork 4–0 in the cold and snow at Laurel Stadium.

Laurel scored once in the first half on an unassisted goal by Mya Maack in the 17th minute but struggled to get the number of goals they have been scoring in most games during the regular season.

Head Coach Aloma Jess said, “Basically the girls played a great passing game but realized that we were not going to be successful getting the ball into the 18–yard box or the 6–yard box to score goals. Bigfork did a great job of posting their defensive players in front of the goal and denying our shot attempts. Their goal keeper had some nice saves against some of our power shots. At half time we talked about changing the way we attack and started to take shots when we had opportunities from the outside of the box and at angles.”

The adjustments made at the half worked and Laurel had three goals while blanking Bigfork. Allison Shovar scored on an unassisted goal in the 47th minute to give the Locos the 2–0 lead, then Maack completed the hat trick, scoring in the 48th and 60th minutes to take a 4–0 lead, which is how the match ended.

Now the Lady Locos travel to the northwest to face a familiar foe in Columbia Falls.

Coach Jess said, “For this Saturday the match against Columbia Falls will be a physical match up. We are no strangers to playing Columbia Falls in postseason almost every year and we played them in the semifinal last year in Columbia Falls, so it’s a little like deja vu. We’ve been monitoring their season successes since August and we know we have a worthy challenge ahead of us but we will be ready to play at the postseason level.”

The match kicks off at 1 p.m. in Columbia Falls.

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