Butte High girls’ soccer coach Kevin Petritz reminded his team that it has 11 games left in the regular season Thursday evening at the Jeremy Bullock Complex.
Petritz’s Bulldogs just fell 2-0 to Great Falls High in their Eastern AA opener.
“We’ve got a long ways to go,” Petritz said. “But I’d rather have these minor problems in the middle of the season than trying to fix them in the end of the season.”
Those problems kept the Bulldogs playing defensive much of the game, and eventually the team cracked.
Marissa Meyer was the first Bison to take advantage. She somehow kicked the ball through a Bulldog wall following a foul. The ball deflected just past Butte High goalkeeper Maria Michelotti in the game’s 18th minute.
Mayson Turner put the game away in the 72nd minute, scoring on a breakaway goal.
Despite the loss that dropped Butte High the Bulldogs to 0-3, Petriz saw a lot of blocks the Bulldogs have to build on.
One piece is freshman Allison Collins in the midfield.
“She played really well,” Petritz said. “She kind of gave us that fire. She came in after the first goal was scored, and she gave us an attack that we weren’t having.”
Despite the two goals against, Michelotti’s play was praise worthy in goal.
“She’s had better games, but she definitely made the saves to keep us in it,” Petritz said.
The coach also singled out the play of Justyce Connole and Jessica Rosa.
“We’re just missing the final piece of our attack,” Petritz said. “The moment we can keep in our attacking third is the minute we don’t have to play defense so much.
“We try to build an attack, and we make one bad touch and then the ball is coming back down our throat,” the coach added. “We’ve got to find a way to keep the ball more. If we can’t do it, we’re going to be playing a lot of defense this year.”
The Bulldogs will look for more building blocks Saturday when they head to Great Falls to take on C.M. Russell on Saturday.