HELENA — One “well-worked” goal off the foot of Brie Birkenbuel by the Butte High girls’ soccer tam earned the Bulldogs a 1-all tie with Helena Capital Saturday.
The tie was the first match in six tries that did not result in a loss by Butte High’s young team this season.
“We really showed some great development today,” Butte High coach Jacob Steilman said. “We finally had a decent amount of time between games, and we were able to work hard and really improve over the last week at practice. We still didn’t play our best throughout the entirety of the game, but our performance was much more complete than it has been previously. Obviously we will continue to get better, but today our improvement so far really showed.”
Senior keeper Hailey Herron was a standout between the pipes for the Bulldogs. She was one of several players singled out by the first-year head coach.
“Haley Herron had a great game, her distribution from keeper was great,” Steilman said. “Maddie Rhodes played great, she was everywhere, she worked tirelessly. Maddie also won the corner kick that led to our goal.
“Christiana Beierle, Kassidy Carlson, and Brie Birkenbuel played great games as well. Their play in midfield allowed us to transition from defense to attack almost every time one of them had the ball. Their passing and teamwork in the middle of the field was great today.”
The Bulldog goal came during a sequence of a pair of corner kicks.
“Maddie Rhodes’ high pressing won the initial corner,” Steilman said. “From there, Taylor Burke had a great delivery from the corner into the 18. Christiana got a looping shot off that was just denied from going in the goal. On the second corner, again Taylor had a great delivery, the ball was played out to the edge of the 18. From here Kassidy Carlson squared the ball to Brie who finished the ball with a far post shot. It was a well worked goal.”
The Bulldogs look to build on the tie when they take on Helena High at 10 a.m. Saturday in Butte.
“We will keep improving from here,” Steilman said.