The Stevensville boys are playing some tough soccer right now. The team is made up of eight seniors and eight juniors with a ton of experience between them. That experience was evident in the match against Hamilton on Thursday.
Stevensville played an aggressive, up-tempo but deliberate game that kept them on Hamilton’s half of the pitch for much of the game. Daniel Pendergast scored first for the Yellowjackets off of a Payden Belcourt assist at the 22-minute mark. Ian Perry scored again at 35 minutes. Chance Coleman made a goal five minutes after the half and Belcourt took a Joseph Daniels assist in for the final Stevensville goal at 76 minutes. Stevi took 23 shots on goal and had four corner kicks. Hamilton’s keeper, Casey Ryter, had 15 saves.
Shadrach Stevens scored Hamilton’s only goal off of a penalty kick in the final minute of the match.
Although Stevensville coach Ralph Serrette was not happy with the penalty kick, he was pleased with how his team played.
“We are playing like a team and winning like a team,” he concluded.
Hamilton’s coach Randy Lint said that his team is gaining experience each game. “This sis a nice introduction for my young players to see how it’s going to be. This match is not based upon inherent ability; it’s based upon (their) stage of development. They were up for the battle and they are getting better every game.”
Lint went on to say he was especially proud of the way Hunter Schlender played after coming back from an injury. “This was his best game.
Stevensville defeated Libby, 3-0, on Saturday. All three goals were made in the first half. Joseph Daniels scored off a Micah Bradt assist in the first minute. Pendergast took a Belcourt pass in for the goal at 12 minutes. Jake Bartschi scored the final goal off of another Belcourt assist at 28 minutes. The ‘Jackets took 24 shots on goal while Libby had six. Daniel Bradt had six saves.
Corvallis defeated Loyola, 3-0. DJ Pekoc scored off of a Cayden Ayers assist at 17 minutes. Cayden Ayers then booted a Cameron Ayers pass in for the goal at 39 minutes. Cameron Ayers had another assist when he shot Justin Ruecker the ball at 70 minutes for another goal. Corvallis took 22 shots on goal and Shelby Gifford had three saves for the Blue Devils.
Hamilton fell to Frenchtown, 3-1, on Saturday. David Feldmann scored the only Bronc goal when he booted in a Sebastian Buendia pass at 78 minutes. Ryter had nine saves for Hamilton.
The Hamilton girls’ soccer team continued to control their matches. They notched a 7-0 win over Stevensville on Thursday. Bri Huggans had four goals in the match. She scored at nine minutes off a Karissa Pfantz assist, 20 minutes off a Brianna Abrahamsen assist, and then unassisted goals at 65 and 68 minutes. Sami Kratofil scored at 60 minutes and again at 78 minutes. Kratofil also had an assist when Katelyn Frost hit the goal at six minutes. Hamilton took 30 shots on goal while Stevensville had two shots. Evie Tiplady had 18 saves for Stevensville.
Hamilton battled Frenchtown to a 4-4 tie on Saturday. Abby Teagle scored first for Frenchtown at eight minutes. Gordon took a Huggans assist and knocked in a goal at 48 minutes. Gordon again hit the net for Hamilton at 53 minutes. Frenchtown’s Brooke Yarnall scored at 56 minutes and then it was Huggans again at 76 minutes for Hamilton. A penalty kick by Frenchtown and the ensuing goal tied the game at 3-all. Huggans took a Kratofil pass in for the goal at 78 minutes but a Pilar Cantrell-Field goal at 80 minutes tied the match for good. Hamilton took 21 shots on goal while Frenchtown had 11 shots. Taylor Goligoski had 11 saves for Hamilton.
Stevensville defeated Libby, 8-1, on Saturday. Kayla Peterson scored the first goal for Stevensville at 13 minutes. She scored again five minutes later when Hannah Dishman sent her the ball. Dishman hit goals at 45 and 50 minutes (Carly Sebastian had the assist). Peterson scored twice more, at 51 minutes off a Dishman assist and at 55 minutes off of a Sebastian assist. Dishman and Sebastian then scored the final two goals at 61 and 68 minutes. Stevensville took 15 shots on goal and four corner kicks. Tiplady had nine saves.
Corvallis defeated Loyola, 3-0. Katelyn Frost scored at 30 minutes off of a Jessica Cassens assist. Katie Landis scored at 42 minutes off an Alicia Pape assist. She scored again at 57 minutes off of a Cassens assist. Roxy Rademacher had one save for Corvallis.