There was no let up by the Billings Senior boys’ soccer team Saturday.
The high-powered Broncs poured it on the Butte High Bulldogs, winning the Eastern AA match 9-0 at the Jeremy Bullock Complex.
Three of the Broncs’ goals came in the final 15 minutes, including one in the last minute of the match.
Bulldog coach Eric Zahler said he holds no animosity toward Senior coach Zach Robbins.
“If we were playing like that I might want to work on things too,” Zahler said. “It’s unfortunate it happened to us, but you’ve got to give them the benefit of the doubt. He’s not a jerk.”
Robbins does have an extremely talented team. That was undeniable Saturday.
Jamison Egeland, Wes Currence and Charlie Kleps scored first half goals as the Broncs took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Blake Chase scored on a header off a Zeke Borgstrom pass to start the Bronc onslaught.
Ethan Brown scored three straight goals, before the Broncs closed the scoring with goals by Chase and Brennan Veis.
Zahler pointed out that goalkeeper Erik Rosa was much better than the score indicated. He said his sophomore net minder is in the right position 98 percent of the time.
“You had, what, two direct kicks, three deflections that go in the back of the net. That’s just unfortunate,” Zahler said. “It runs the score up on you and it feels like it’s his fault, and it’s not. It’s nowhere near his fault.
“Rosa is pretty resilient. This is water off his back. He’ll shake it off and be ready to come back next week.”
Zahler also pointed to the play of freshman Trevyn Roth, who moved to the back of the defense to replace injured Andrew Howery. Howery, Butte High’s lone senior, sat out the game after aggravating a knee injury against Bozeman on Tuesday.
“A lot of people stood out at times, and at times a lot of people did things that were not so great,” Zahler said. “When you a play a team like that, they’re going to make some people look bad.
“It hurts when you’re playing without a senior on the field against a good team.”
Zahler said he expects Howery to return to the team, but he didn’t have a time table for that return.
Despite the loss, Zahler said he saw some good things from his Bulldogs against Senior.
“We did see some bright spots,” he said. “We saw some things we’ve been working on in practice happen right here against one of the better teams in the state.”
The Bulldogs have a week off before next week’s home game against Billings West.
“I think they’re pretty excited,” Zahler said. “We’ve got a week before we play Billings West, and that’s what they’re looking forward to.”