Loco girls start season with a smoking 2-0

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The Laurel High School girls’ soccer team checked off a few boxes after last weekend’s smoky trip to Western Montana.

Laurel dispatched Frenchtown on Friday and Missoula Loyola on Saturday.

Win first two games. Check.

Bring team together. Check.

Find out if your army of frosh can play varsity. Check.

The expectations are high for this year’s team even though several key seniors graduated from last year’s state second-place 

“It was a great weekend in many ways,” said coach Aloma Jess. “We were tested, we proved we could score and we could defend.”

The Locomotives actually trailed in both games and coach Jess used those moments to check the resilience of her squad.

“We were solid and I was pleased,” she said.


The Locos host Stevensville on Friday at 3 for the girls and 5 for the boys.

On Saturday, the boys play Corvallis at 10 and the girls are at noon.


Laurel 4, Frenchtown 1

The Locomotives started the 2017 campaign with a 4-1 victory over Frenchtown.

Freshman Morgan Maack led the Locos with shots with nine, including one goal and one assist. 

Frenchtown scored in the second minute and it would take an Aspen Cotter penalty kick in the 21st minute to tie it up. The Locos’ defense controlled the game from that start and limited the home team to just five shots on goal versus the 23 the Locos took.

LHS senior keeper Paige O’Toole had six saves and wasn’t really challenged.

Cotter, Kadee Grammar, Paige Ventling and Maack accounted for all of the scoring.


Laurel 4, Frenchtown 1

Laurel 2  2  —  4

Frenchtown 1  0  —  1

F: Lizzy Skillman, 2:00

L: Aspen Cotter (penalty kick), 21:00

L: Kadee Grammar (Morgan Maack), 33:00

L: Maack, 63:00

L: Paige Ventling (Sammi Spitzer), 79:00

Shots on goal: Laurel 23, Frenchtown 5. Saves: Paige O’Toole, Laurel, 6 saves; Calliana Bagnell, Frenchtown, 19 saves. 


Laurel 4,  Missoula Loyola 3

The Missoula Loyola Sacred Heartbreakers did its best to surprise the Locomotives on Saturday. The Breakers scored three goals in the first half and the Locos trailed 3-2 at intermission. 

Paige Ventling scored the first goal for LHS at nine minutes. Loyola would run off three unanswered goals in the next 14 minutes including two goals in under a minute.

At halftime, Laurel again tightened up the defense and and held the hosts scoreless while Megan Steinmasel and Maack found the back of the net to preserve the win.

Laurel had 19 shots on goal to Loyola’s 10 and O’Toole had seven saves.


Laurel 4, Missoula Loyola 3

Laurel 2  2  —  4

Missoula Loyola 3  0  — 3

L: Paige Ventling (Teigan Harper), 9:00

ML: Syd Koppang (CC Benson), 17:00

ML: Syd Koppang (Tessa Burke), 31:00

ML: Burke (Emma Daniel), 32:00

L: Maeson Cotter (Morgan Maack), 37:00

L: Megan Steinmasel (Gracie Willis), 60:00

L: Maack, 75:00

Shots: Laurel 19, Missoula Loyola 10. Goal keepers: Laurel, Paige O’Toole, 7 saves; Megan Newman, Loyola, 15 saves.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fourth Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, 313 W. Main, 628-4503
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961


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