Kalispell Glacier along with some cold, windy weather put a damper on Senior Parents Day for the Butte High soccer teams.
The Wolfpack swept a Western AA doubleheader at the Jeremy Bullock Complex. The Glacier girls won 7-0 before the Wolfpack boys erupted for nine second-half goals in a 10-0 win.
Bulldog boys’ coach Cody Carpenter focused on that first half for his team, which was down four starters thanks to injury and sickness.
“We played really well,” Carpenter said. “Their coach commented on how many saves that Joe Shrader had. He played great in the goal.”
Butte High started freshmen Wesley Kendall and Aiden Lester with starters Daniel Kondowe, Hunter Holms, Bridger Schutte and Boyd Dewitt out of the game.
“We had one sub, and they had seven,” Carpenter said. “They subbed the whole game, and they just wore us down. It was a matter of experience and depth.”
Jack Luoma and Cameron Tobiness got of shots on goal for the Bulldogs.
“We had some really good sequences of passing in the first half,” Carpenter said. “We just didn’t have enough to connect with to make any sort of offensive threat.”
Carpenter said his team’s effort cannot be questioned.
“I’m super proud of the effort in the first half,” the coach said. “What I’m most proud of was that last night more than half our team was inducted into the National Honor Society. That’s cool.”
Kondowe and Joe Phillip are Butte High’s seniors on the boys’ team.
Butte High girls’ coach Steve Shahan was also happy with his team’s effort in the loss.
“We played pretty well, but we’re unlucky on multiple occasions,” Shahan said. “We created several scoring chances and had a few good shots on goal. It was brutally cold, but the girls did a great job blocking that out and playing for our seniors.”
The coach singled out the play of Kaylee LaPier in goal, saying she made some of her best saves of the year.
“Our sophomores and freshmen were all over the field. Their energy and athleticism created great looks and some good scoring chances,” Shahan said.
Shahan also praised the play of his seniors.
“Maddy LaPier played her best game up front,” he said. “She won, possessed, and distributed the ball very well.
“Aurora Kemper played her best game, one month after being cleared from a broken leg in the spring,” Shahan continued. “Haylie Williams did a great job supporting the defenders behind her and joining the attacks. Emma Quist did a great job distributing from the midfield and got a few dangerous free kicks.
“Taylor Burke did a great job organizing the back line and erasing several break away scoring chances.”
The Bulldogs close out the regular season at home Saturday against Kalispell Flathead. The boys play at noon, and the girls follow at 2 p.m.