Butte girls show heart in loss to Big Sky

Butte girls show heart in loss to Big Sky

MISSOULA — Missoula Big Sky’s high-powered girls’ soccer team handed Butte High a 10-0 Western A loss Thursday.

Despite the loss, first-year Bulldog coach Jacob Steilman was upbeat about his team’s performance. He said it was Butte High’s best match of the young season

“Big Sky was a very good team. They lost in the championship game last year,” Steilman said. “In the second half, for periods of the game everything clicked. There were periods when we were possessing the ball in Big Sky’s half, and locking the game into their half. When we lost the ball, we would win it right back and continue to move the ball looking for space.”

Steilman said the Bulldogs had legitimate scoring opportunities.

“We should have seen a goal or two from us today,” he said. “We had about 6 or so shots on goal. What I am the most proud of today was that we showed heart and never quit. Our team came off the field with grass stains in their nice white away uniforms, they fought through the entire game.”

The coach praised the play of Taylor Burke on defense.

“She was really aggressive and I am very happy with her performance,” Steilman said.

Steilman also pointed the play of his captains — Lexia Daunhauer, Christiana Beierle, Brie
Birkenbuel and Kassidy Carlson.

“They were great leaders today,” Steilman said. “ (Goalkeeper) Haley Herron also displayed great leadership qualities. Today we finally saw things click and work in another tough defeat. Now it’s about capturing these sporadic performances, and beginning to translate them to an entire game.”

The Bulldogs (0-5) have little break before traveling to Helena Capital next Thursday.

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