Locos undefeated going into conference play

By: 
David Keyes
Outlook publisher
Megan Steinmasel controls the ball during a recent girls’ soccer game. The girls travel to Belgrade this Saturday and return home to host the Central Rams on Thursday.

The Laurel High School girls’ soccer team remained undefeated following wins over Polson and Whitefish last weekend.
The Lady Locos defeated Polson 4-2 Friday night in a game that was supposed to be played in Polson.
The Pirates, who haven’t practiced outside all year, were close to cancelling the game when it was determined the game could be shifted to Laurel. On short notice, the Polson team and coaches were on a bus.
Four Western Montana games were cancelled over the weekend because of smoke so both coaches were happy they had a chance to play.
“This was a weekend where we needed to play someone else as we get ready for conference play,” said LHS coach Aloma Jess. “The Polson game gave us some teachable moments and Whitefish gave us a challenge. All good stuff.”
Maeson Cotter started the Locos with an unassisted goal in the 14th minute. Gracey Willis followed up with a nifty goal, thanks to an assist by Cotter at the 34th minute to take a halftime lead of 2-0.
Paige O’Toole had seven saves on the night including a barrage of three saves in a row.
The Locos scored two more goals in the second half and withstood two odd goals from Polson to win the game. Aspen Cotter scored a goal on a PK in the 65th minute and Tiegan Harper scored in the 42nd minute off of an assist by Morgan Maack.
“I started changing players around later in the game and got caught twice,” said coach Jess. “That led to those two goals.”
Overall, she was happy with her team’s performance and looked forward to facing a stronger team Saturday versus Whitefish.
The win moved Laurel to 5-0.
The Locomotives scored in the fifth minute on a Sammi Spitzer goal to set the tone for a very good game for the Locos.
The well-coached Whitefish team disrupted the Locos’ offense and forced the home team to search out the best shots. Spitzer’s goal came as a result of a nice assist by Aspen Cotter.
The two teams kept it tight most of the half and Aspen Cotter put the ball in the net with two minutes to halftime. O’Toole only had two saves in the half.
Maeson Cotter turned it on in the second half with five shots on goal and two goals. The LHS defense clamped down on Whitefish and limited the squad to really only one good shot on goal.
LHS ended up with 21 shots on goal to WHS’s 5.
The squad is excited to face Belgrade on Saturday. The Panthers haven’t lost a game this season and have tied one.
The season opener will be followed by games in Laurel next Thursday with a contest versus the Central Rams.

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