Laurel boys host state game after dispatching Central

David Keyes
Outlook publisher
Photo by LHS students. The ball soars into the sky with the rims in the background during last week’s soccer game versus Central. The game was played at the Rocky Mountain College field.
Braden McIlvain controls the ball against Central last week.

It took four years to do it, but coach Leroy VanderPool can finally say he beat Billings Central – and he did it at the most opportune time.

After tying Central 0-0 last week, the two teams met up again Tuesday afternoon in a play-in game into the state tournament.

The 4-0 win means Laurel will host Whitefish on Saturday.

The girls will also face Whitefish here as they dispatched Belgrade to play their way into the state tournament as well.

The Locomotives and Bulldog girls play at 10 a.m. while the boys play at 1 p.m. 

The boys lost to Whitefish earlier this season while the girls notched a victory in games that were originally scheduled for Whitefish but smokey conditions moved the games to Laurel.  


Laurel 4, Central 0

The Locomotives and Central Rams met for the third time this season with the season continuing for the winning team. 

The Locos  took the early lead when Kaleb Ripley snuck past the Central goalie to tap in a ball nine minutes into the game. Luis Vega added a nifty goal in the 23rd minute.

“I felt possession and the game was ours,” said coach VanderPool. “The boys really wanted to win this game. I have to admit it was also a goal of mine, kind of like breaking down a green wall.”

VanderPool tries to keep his comments about his players out of the paper but he had to praise Vega’s ballhandling. 

“We can use him anywhere on the field and he demands attention,” VanderPool said. “He also brings high energy to this team and brings everyone along with him.”

The coach also praised the play of Logan Jones, who scored two goals in the second half to salt away the victory.

Laurel’s defense was very stingy and even though Central outshot the Locos 13 to 7, the Locos made the most of their opportunities and kept Central out of sync for the game.

The win also improved the Locos’ record to 6-5-2.

“We can beat Whitefish if we continue to keep our shape in both offensive and defensive tactics,” he said. “We also need to stay healthy.”


Laurel 0, Billings Central 0  - Oct. 5

Billings Central 0, Laurel 0

Central 0  0  —  0

Laurel 0  0  —  0

Central: Shots: 6. Shots on goal: 1. Saves: 4 (Michael Horrell).

Laurel: Shots: 6. Shots on goal: 4. Saves: 1 (Cy McMurrey). 


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