Lady Locos soccer team officially in the playoffs after beating Park

Connor Waddingham
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Outlook photo by Connor Waddingham                        Laurel sophomore Chloe Baumann strikes the ball into the box as she tries to set a teammate up with a goal against Park County.

Outlook photo by Connor Waddingham
            Laurel sophomore Chloe Baumann strikes the ball into the box as she tries to set a teammate up with a goal against Park County.

The Laurel Locomotives ended up

finishing second in the Eastern A and

played a play-in game to get into the playoffs on Tuesday, Oct. 14. They took on the Park County Lady Rangers in Laurel, a team that they had beat twice in the previous month leading up to this

game. Laurel beat Park 4-0 on Sept. 28, and 8-0 on Oct. 8. The third match

between the two schools was a similar result, this time with the Locos once

again winning, 5-0. The Rangers did make the game interesting in the first 20 minutes, but after the first Laurel goal, it

was all but over.

Oct. 14

Park 0 - 5 Laurel


(LAU) Maeson Cotter 27’

(LAU) Morgan Maack 33’ (assist- Sammi Spitzer)

(LAU) Mya Maack

(LAU) Kadee Grammar

(LAU) Gracey Willis

Early on in this game, the Lady Locos were struggling to string together consecutive passes and keep possession. They struggled passing on the attack, but after the Maeson Cotter goal that opened up scoring, they seemed to start to mesh. Cotter found a through ball from a teammate and ran into the wide open area out in front of her, and comfortably converted

the Locos first goal. Shortly after, fellow

junior Morgan Maack scored off an assist

from captain Sammi Spitzer. Spitzer

whipped the ball into the box and Morgan was able to put her foot on it and knock it in for Laurel’s second goal of the half.

The Lady Locos proceeded to score another three goals in the second half. Mya Maack, Kadee Grammar and Gracey Willis were all able to convert a goal

to help their team advance to the State

playoffs. Laurel beat Park County in this

match, 5-0.

Both soccer teams now move onto the

playoffs. The first round games of the Class A State playoffs are scheduled to be played on Saturday, Oct. 19. Both the

boys and the girls will be playing at 2

p.m. on Saturday, but will be over 350

miles apart.

The Laurel boys are the number one

seed from the East in the Class A State playoffs. They had a record of 10-2-0 (4-0-0) this season, winning their first Eastern A title in school history. Their first

task of the playoffs will be the Polson Pirates, the third seed from the north. Pol-

son comes into the playoffs with a 4-8-0 (3-5-0) record. The Pirates and the Loco- motives played each other earlier in the year, on Sept. 14 in Polson. Laurel won this game 3-0, with senior captain Jordan Reiner scoring two goals. The Locos will host this first-round playoff matchup. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.

The Lady Locos are the number two seed from the East in the playoffs this year. Although they are only a two seed, Laurel has the second best goal difference in all of class A. They have a +76 goal differential, second to only Billings Central (+82), who is the number one seed in the East. Their first opponent in

the playoffs is the Corvallis Lady Blue Devils, a team that finished the season 7-2-3 (5-0-3). The two teams did not play each other in the regular season. Corvallis was the fourth best defensive team in Class A during the regular season, based off of the amount of goals they’ve allowed. Their offense, however, produced the lowest amount of goals of all 8 teams in the playoffs. Corvallis will host this first-round matchup, and it is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Good luck to both soccer teams as they aim for the Class A State Champi- onship!


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