Polson soccer teams turn back Bigfork

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POLSON HIGH School Kyla Heiser positions herself against a Frenchtown player to retrieve the ball. (Jason Blasco/Lake County Leader)

At Whitefish last Tuesday, the Polson Lady Pirates hung with their hosts stride for stride through the first quarter of play, but thereafter someone let the dawgs out as the Lady Bulldogs blistered the net to hand Polson its second conference loss by an 8-2 final. Whitefish led 4-1 at the intermission, and added four second-half goals. Sophia Moderie and Ashlee Howell scored goals for the Lady Pirates off assists from Lilly Armstrong, while Kallie Finkbeiner defended the net.

Polson (2-2N, 3-4-1), Whitefish (4-0N, 5-3)

Whitefish 4 4 – 8

Polson 1 1 – 2

W – Saylor Schlauch (Thea Vrentas) 10’

P – Sophia Moderie (Lilly Armstrong) 14’

W – Schlauch (Anna Cook) 21’

W – Ali Hirsch (Grace Benkelman), 36’

W – Taylor Gentry (Olivia Potthoff) 37’

P – Ashlee Howell (Armstrong) 54’

W – Potthoff (Cook) 63’

W – Josephine Brown (Benkelman) 64’

W – Schlauch (Potthoff) 65’

W – Cook (Hirsch) 78’

Shots (on goal) – W (16), P (9)

SAVES – W(Sami Galbraith 5), P(Kallie Finkbeiner 11)

CORNERS – W2, P2; Fouls – na


Polson 7, Bigfork 2

At Bigfork on Saturday, the Lady Pirates vanquished the Vals in their first-round skirmish of the annual battle among the bays on the south end of Flathead Lake.

Sophia Moderie tallied a double brace (four goals), Ashlee Howell scored a conventional brace (two goals), while Ali Hupka netted a solo goal off a dual assist. Polson led 5-1 at the intermission.

Polson (2-1N, 3-3-1), Bigfork (0-4N, 0-7)

Polson 5 2 – 7

Bigfork 1 1 – 2

P – Sophia Moderie (Ali Hupka assist)

P – Ali Hupka (Armstrong and Moderie)

B – Audrey Buenz

P – Ashlee Howell (a Chloe Matt)

P – Moderie (Howell)

P – Howell (unassisted)

P – Moderie (Howell)

P – Moderie (Howell)

B – Kate Reese

Shots (on goal) – P25 Moderie 9, Howell 5, Hupka 5, Lilly Armstrong 3, Chloe Matt2, Jazlyn Dalbey 1); B11

SAVES – P (Kallie Finkbeiner), B (Nya Schara)



Whitefish 5, Polson 0

At Whitefish on Tuesday, the host Bulldogs dispatched the Polson boys in a skirmish between two teams entering the contest with unblemished records.

Some early chances eluded the Pirates, while the Bulldogs would capitalize upon theirs. Polson came close to carving into the then two-goal deficit two minutes into the second half when Bridger Wenzel launched a promising long-range salvo toward the vicinity of the net, but its trajectory veered just left of finding net.

During the waning minutes of the contest, in the 77th minute, Mack Moderie was fouled in the box and awarded a penalty kick, but his attempt would ricochet off the crossbar.

The idiomatic expression, “Every dog has its day,” favored the Bulldogs this time around, but the Pirates will aim to flip the script when these two teams clash again early in the first week of October.

Polson (3-1N, 7-1), Whitefish (4-0N, 8-0)

Polson 0 0 – 0

Whitefish 2 3 – 5

W – Casey Schneider 26’

W – Sam Menicke (a Schneider) 28’

W – Brandon Mendoza (a Schneider) 49’

W – Mendoza (a Schneider) 60’

W – Ian Lacey (a Schneider) 75’

Shots (on goal) – P5, W14

SAVES – P (Xavier Stalkfleet 9), W (Colter Upton 3).




Polson 8, Bigfork 1

At Bigfork on Saturday, Pirate all-staters accounted for seven of the octet of goals as Polson captured the first round of the battle among the bays at the south end of Flathead Lake.

Seniors Mack Moderie netted a double brace (four goals), Robin Erickson tallied a conventional brace (two goals), while Bridger Wenzel chipped in a solo tally as well. Freshman Kaden Nelson closed out the contest with his first varsity career goal to cap Pirate scoring.

Polson (3-0N, 7-0), Bigfork (1-3N, 1-6)

Polson 4 4 – 8

Bigfork 0 1 – 1

P – Mack Moderie (Keyan Dalbey assist) 17’

P – Moderie 18’

P – Robin Erickson (Moderie) 24’

P – Moderie 30’

P – Bridger Wenzel (R.Erickson) 41’

P – R.Erickson (Dalbey) 46’

B – Chayton Troesch-Worrell (Ben Pilskalns) 47’

P – Moderie (R.Erickson) 55’

P – Kaden Nelson (Nico River) 66’

Shots on goal – Polson 12, Bigfork

SAVES – P1 (Xavier Stalkfleet), B4 (Wyatt Duke)

Corners, Fouls, Cards – na


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