The Butte High boys soccer team traveled to Kalispell to clash with Flathead this afternoon. These teams have had some close games the past few years. After being shutout their first four games this season, the Bulldogs offense made a statement. Butte High controlled possession of the ball throughout the match and won 6-3 over the Braves.
Even after the long road trip, Butte High came out fast and had the first good shots on goal. However, Flathead was first to score. Butte quickly answered and then went up 2-1 before Flathead tied it at 2 apiece. The Bulldogs led at halftime 3-2. In the second half, Butte added two more goals right away and then took a 6-2 lead with approximately 15 minutes left. The Bulldogs allowed the Braves to sneak a goal on a corner kick with a few minutes left.
Senior Jack Luoma ended the match with 3 goals and 1 assist, senior Boyd Dewitt had 2 goals and 1 assist, senior Jake Ricci had 1 goal and 1 assist, and sophomore Obadiah Breeton tallied an assist. Junior Mack Williams controlled the defensive mid-field and his passing led to the scoring opportunities.
After the game, Bulldog Coach Cody Carpenter shared, “it was great for our team to come away with a victory after a slow start to our season. We need to clean up some things defensively, but I loved the creativity our offense had to get good shots. I thought we matched up fairly well with Flathead but, today, we won the battle of the 50/50 balls to keep possession in our favor. The overall team effort was the best I’ve seen from our young team.”
The Bulldogs stay in Kalispell to play western AA first place Glacier on Saturday morning at 9 am.