Hawks sweep past Bulldog soccer teams in Bozeman

Hawks sweep past Bulldog soccer teams in Bozeman

BOZEMAN — The Bozeman Hawks swept a pair of primetime soccer matches against the Butte High Bulldogs Tuesday night.

The Hawks won the girls’ game 6-0 before the Bozeman boys beat the Bulldogs 5-1 to hand Butte High its first Eastern AA loss of the season.

The Hawks took the lead 40 seconds into the game.

Bulldog Oscar Kronenberger tied the game at 1 in the game’s 30th minute, but the score didn’t stay knotted up for long as Bozeman took a 2-1 lead into halftime with a goal in the 40th minute.

The Hawks pulled away in the second half.

“They’re a solid team all around, top to bottom,” Butte High boys’ coach Eric Zahler said. “We had good moments, and we had dangerous moments. But, boy, they had a lot more. If we’re going to play with them, we’ve got to play a lot faster.”

Zahler pointed to the play of Zach Archibald in the middle and Travis Williams and Trevyn Roth on the back line as bright spots for the Bulldogs.

Butte High will get another chance against the Hawks, who are coached by Butte High graduate Hunter Terry, when the Bulldogs celebrate Senior Day on Oct. 13.

“We’ll have them in Butte, and we’ll have some film,” Zahler said. “I have a lot of faith in these guys. They’ve been surprising people, and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if they give Bozeman a heck of a game.”

The Bulldogs fell to 4-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in conference.

In the girls’ game, Alexa Coyle scored five goals to pace Bozeman, which broke open a 2-0 game with four goals in the second half.

Butte High girls’ coach Kevin Petritz said the 2016 Bozeman team is one of its best.

“All in all, the girls’ played pretty well,” he said. “Everybody gave it 100 percent, Bozeman is just very good. Bozeman is great. Everyone they throw at you can score at any given moment.”

Petritz said he liked what he saw in his team in the first half. He said he made some halftime changes that ended up hurting the Bulldogs.

“We played very disciplined in the first half,” Petritz said.

The coach said keeper Payton Carver played well in the goal in the first half.

“Camile McEwen and Ally Cleverly played well in the center,” Petritz said. “Lexie Kautzman played well on the outside.”

Butte High’s girls fell to 0-6-1 overall and 0-4-1 in conference.

The Bulldog boys and girls head back to Billings on Saturday, this time to play Billings West. The boys play at 1 p.m., and the girls play at 3.

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