Laurel boys and girls soccer teams win quarterfinal games, on road for semifinals

Connor Waddingham
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Photo courtesy of All Out Photography                        Austin Purcell taking a penalty shot in the 80’+ in the Locos first round matchup against Polson. He wound up making the penalty to score Laurel’s fourth and final goal.

Photo courtesy of All Out Photography
          
            Austin Purcell taking a penalty shot in the 80’+ in the Locos first round matchup against Polson. He wound up making the penalty to score Laurel’s fourth and final goal.

With their win last Saturday, the Laurel boys soccer team achieved their first playoff win in program history. Coming off their first ever Eastern A division title, the boys are rolling in the playoffs. Both the boys and the girls teams scored four goals a piece in their first-round victories last Saturday. Senior Ethan Meccage and freshman Mya Maack both scored two goals in their respective matches. 

The boys played the Polson Pirates back in September and handled them easily 3-0. They won again by a similar score, 4-0, to move on to the semifinals. All four goals for the Locos were scored in the second half. Senior Ethan Meccage scored twice in this match. Bryce Adkins and Austin Purcell each scored a goal a piece.

The girls travelled to Corvallis, as they do not have home field advantage in these playoffs. On the road, they took down Corvallis easily. The Lady Locos scored four goals in the first half. The lone Corvallis goal was not enough to challenge Laurel. Mya Maack scored two goals, with both assists coming from Maeson Cotter. 

 

Boys Oct. 19

(3N) Polson 0 - 4 (1E) Laurel

Goals:

(LAU) Bryce Adkins 45’ (assist- Austin Purcell)

(LAU) Ethan Meccage 56’ (Bryce Adkins)

(LAU) Ethan Meccage 64’ (Ricky Temporal)

(LAU) Austin Purcell 80’+ (PK)

 

This game started slowly for both teams. At the Laurel Sports Complex, neither team was able to put a goal on the board in the first half of this game. The first 45 minutes of the game were scoreless before Bryce Adkins broke the scoring open off a nice assist from Austin Purcell. Shortly after, Ethan Meccage scored his first goal of the afternoon as he beat the Polson defense and beat the keeper in the 56th minute. Meccage added his second goal of the game eight minutes later as he converted a chip shot over the goalkeeper.

As the game was wrapping up, Laurel was fouled inside of their box and they drew a penalty. Austin Purcell took the penalty, drilled it, and cemented the 4-0 Laurel lead. As the whistle sounded, the boys celebrated amongst one another. It was a great win for the team, but an even better win for the program. Coming into this game, the Laurel boys soccer team had never won a playoff game. The 2019 Locomotives rewrote history in this game, and will look to pick up two more playoff wins this season. 

 

Girls Oct. 19

(2E) Laurel 4 - 1 (2S) Corvallis

Goals:

(LAU) Mya Maack 18’ (assist- Maeson Cotter)

(COR) Maria Hickey 19’ (unassisted)

(LAU) Mya Maack 23’ (Maeson Cotter)

(LAU) Kadee Grammar (Chloe Baumann)

(LAU) Sammi Spitzer (Mya Maack)

 

The girls, unlike the boys, scored all of their goals in the first half. They scored early and often, but found themselves tied with Corvallis for a short period of time. Mya Maack opened up scoring in this game with her first goal in the 18th minute. Maria Hickey of Corvallis scored immediately after Maack, in the 19th minute, but Mya answered back quickly. Mya’s second goal of the game came just four minutes after Hickey’s to put the Lady Locos back in the lead. Junior attacking midfielder Maeson Cotter was credited with both assists on Mya’s goals.

The Lady Locos extended their lead to 4-1 before the end of the first half. Kadee Grammar and Sammi Spitzer both added one goal a piece, with the assists coming from Chloe Baumann and Mya Maack.

The second half was tight, but scoreless. The Lady Locos move onto the semifinals with this 4-1 win over Corvallis. 

 

Both the boys and the girls are onto the next round and both teams will be on the road for their semi–final matchups.

The boys team will travel to Frenchtown this weekend. Laurel and Frenchtown faced off in the first game of the regular season, which Laurel came out victorious. The Locos beat the Broncs 2-1 in the first match of the season on Aug. 30, which gives them an edge going into this game. The semifinal match is scheduled to start on Friday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. in Frenchtown.

The Lady Locos semifinal matchup is a familiar opponent from earlier this season, Columbia Falls. On Sept. 21, the Lady Wildcats of Columbia Falls handed the Lady Locos their first of two losses in the regular season in a thriller. That game was in Laurel, and this playoff game will be in Columbia Falls. The match is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. 

Good luck to both soccer teams in their games this Friday as they look to punch their tickets to the State Championship game.

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