Bozeman’s girls’ soccer team wasted little time flexing their muscle Tuesday afternoon at a cold, windy Jeremy Bullock Complex.
Alexa Coyle scored in the first minute, and the Hawks added five more goals in a 6-0 Eastern AA win over Butte High School.
“Bozeman is good,” Butte High coach Kevin Petritz said. “They do the little things right. Their touch is on. They move off the ball really well.”
A goal by Elaine Chandler in the 13th minute put the 2014 Class AA State runners up ahead 2-0 where the score remained until halftime.’
In the second half, the Hawks really went on the attack. In particular, goalkeeper Allison Collins was under fire for almost the entire 40 minutes of the second half.
“This was the first team that really took our goal kicks and turned them into an attack against us,” Petritz said. “That really killed us today.”
Sydney Rollison scored the first three goals of the second half. It started with a penalty kick six minutes into the half.
On the 12th minute, Rollison scored off an assist by Sarah Budeski. Then on the 22nd minute, she caught a rebound off the keeper and made it a 5-0 game.
Alex Coyle’s unassisted goal 27 minutes into the second half capped the scoring.
Petritz said Collins, who switch to keeper in Friday’s game against Skyview, held up well. She made several nice saves. The onslaught was just too much.
“We struggled for the first time, I think, all year playing out of back,” Petritz said. “Today I think our midfield did a pretty good job, but the four girls I played on the back three struggled coming out of the back.
“They struggled a little bit, but they’ll be better,” the coach said. “They’re good players. They’re really good players, they just struggled a bit today.”
Aside from the play of his keeper, Petritz singled out the play of Hailey Jaksha and Mijah McLoud in the middle.
“We were able to do some good things moving the ball,” Petritz said.
The Bulldogs, who fell to 0-5, play host to Billings Senior Saturday.
“We’re just going to keep moving forward,” Petritz said. “We got some players in the game and I questions answered in certain areas. It’s a long season. We’ve got some work to do.”