GREAT FALLS — The Butte High boys’ soccer team has some incredible timing.
The Bulldogs waited until their 13th match of the season to pick up their first win. That win was a 3-0 playoff victory over Great Falls High Tuesday afternoon.
The victory means the Bulldogs (1-11-1) will play at Billings Skyview at 3 p.m. Friday. The winner of that match will advance to the Class AA State tournament.
“It was really good timing,” Butte High coach Eric Zahler said. “They’ve been building and building all year, and they finally got their win. It took longer than I thought it would, but it’s a good time to start a winning streak.”
Freshman Trevyn Roth scored an unassisted goal on a direct kick to put the Bulldogs on top.
In the 35th minute, Roth assisted on a goal by junior Oscar Kronenberger, and the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Sophomore Shaun Villa made it a 3-0 game in the game’s 45th minute.
Zahler pointed to the Villa goal as the key to the win. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs led 2-0 at halftime against Great Falls High and had to settle for a 2-all tie.
“To get that third goal 5 minutes into the second half and putting them on their heels was huge,” Zahler said. “That was a good feeling.”
Butte High outshot the Bison 9-4, and junior goalkeeper Brock Powell made four saves as the Bulldogs pitched their first shutout of 2015.
“Brock made some big saves,” Zahler said.
The Butte High coach said his team came out focused and expecting good things.
“They knew they were going to win,” the coach said. “If we play at Skyview like that, there’s a good chance that these kids are going to be playing at the State tournament.”
Zahler said playing more matches this season is a big deal for the Bulldogs, who are a very young team. Andrew Howery is the lone senior on the team.
“The more experience we get the better we’re going to be,” Zahler said.
Butte High fell 2-1 to the Falcons the last time the Bulldogs played Skyview, so the Bulldogs will be heading over with some serious confidence on their side as they plan to gain even more experience in 2015.
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