HELENA — A Rachel Plaster hat trick led the way Tuesday as Helena High topped Butte High 10-0 in a Class AA playoff soccer match at the Siebel Soccer Fields.
Helena led 6-0 at halftime before putting the win away with four goals in the second half.
“The team played their hearts out,” Butte High coach Jacob Steilman said. “We did everything we could to maximize our chance to win. We were as prepared as we could have been, I’m proud of the fact that we left it all out there.”
Steilman pointed to the play of his nine seniors as the Bulldogs went down fighting. The seniors are Hannah Anderson, Becca LaPier, Kari McGrath, Abby Ricketts, Maddie Skeel, Christiana Beierle, Brie Birkenbuel, Kassidy Carlson and Maddie Rhodes.
Beierle, Birkenbuel, Carlson and Rhodes are the captains.
“All nine seniors played significant minutes today, leading the team with their effort and leadership just as they had all season,” Steilman said.
The Bengals advance to a quarterfinal match on Saturday. Butte High closes the season at 0-14-1.