KALISPELL — Kalispell Glacier handed Butte High a pair of soccer losses Friday afternoon.
Glacier beat Butte High’s girls’ team 8-0 before the Wolfpack boys completed the sweep with a 7-0 win.
Butte High coaches still said they saw some good things from their Bulldogs.
“The girls played hard and worked together as a team,” Bulldog girls’ coach Jacob Steilman said. “Our defensive line has been doing a much better job at compacting as we are forced back towards our own goal, but we were giving them too much space in between the lines, which is where they were able to create their goals from. We really struggled today getting numbers forward, and at being able to apply pressure further away from our goal.”
Steilman pointed to the play of a few players who led the effort.
“Taylor Burke played really well today at center back, as well as Maddie Skeel and Emma Quist in the defensive midfield,” the coach said.
In the boys’ game, the Bulldogs could not overcome a slow start. Glacier scored three goals in the first 7 minutes, and the Wolfpack led 5-0 at the half.
“I challenged the boys to win the second half,” Butte High coach Cody Carpenter said. “We did much better and had a few scoring opportunities. I commend the consistent intensity and field leadership of our team captains Kyler Kukay, Isen Padbury and Colton Case.”
Carpenter said Butte High is working on leadership.
“This week in practice, I emphasized that everyone should think of themself as a leader and step up too,” he said. “Hopefully, in our remaining games, more will accept that challenge because we need more leaders on the field to compete in our conference.”
Butte High will play two home matches next week. The Bulldogs host Missoula Sentinel on Tuesday, and Missoula Big Sky comes to town on Thursday.