COLUMBIA FALLS – The Columbia Falls girls’ soccer team earned a berth in the Class A state final for the first time since 2004 Saturday with a win over Livingston in a semifinal playoff match that went to a shootout.
Deadlocked in a 1-1 tie after two overtime periods, Columbia Falls (12-1-1) scored four goals in the shootout to Livingston’s two. Scoring for the Wildkats were Danielle Delventhal, Alexi Corbett, Meagan Seliger and Katie Price.
“We have a good keeper and it was huge she made one save in the shootout,” Columbia Falls coach Rick Trenerry said of Kira Kamrud.
Columbia Falls will play host to four-time defending state champion Billing Central (14-0-0) in the title match Saturday at 11 a.m. The Wildkats will be out for revenge after dropping a 3-0 home decision to Central on Sept. 7.
Columbia Falls forced extra play Saturday thanks to Haley Purdy’s match-tying goal. It came from close range in the 76th minute on a crossing pass from Delventhal just outside the 18-yard box.
“The thing I give our girls credit for is staying with it,” Trenerry said. “A lot of teams would have been down by then and maybe quit.
“Livingston came out really hard in the first half. They played well and got us rattled. We made some adjustments and talked to the girls at halftime.”
The Wildkats finished with a 14-8 edge in shots. Livingston finished with a record of 6-5-0.
Livingston 1 0 0 0 – 1
Columbia Falls 0 1 0 0 – 1
L – Angelica Silvestrone (assist Emily Fochs), 13:00
C – Haley Purdy, Danielle Delventhal, 76:00
Livingston – Julia Deen (goal), Haley Dowdell (miss), Angie Gelderloos (saved), Angelica Silvestrone (goal).
Columbia Falls – Danielle Delventhal (goal), Alexi Corbett (goal), Meagan Seliger (goal), Haley Purdy (miss), Katie Price (goal).
Shots – Livingston 8, Columbia Falls 14. Saves – Livingston 11 (Mia Stewart), Columbia Falls 5 (Kira Kamrud). Corner kicks – Livingston 4, Columbia Falls 4. Total fouls – Livingston 3, Columbia Falls 6. Yellow cards - none. Red cards - none.
Billings Central 2, Whitefish 1
At Billings, the four-time defending state champion Rams rallied from an early deficit to eliminate the Bulldogs in a Class A playoff semifinal.
Cassidy Grady gave Whitefish a lead with her goal in the 18th minute. Central, which will play at Columbia Falls in the state title match next Saturday, rallied with goals by Allie Lucas in the 52nd minute and Holly Davidson in the 72nd.
As late as Friday Davidson didn’t think she’d be able to play because of a serious ankle injury. She was on crutches and wearing a boot for most of the week.
The Bulldogs finished with a record of 10-4-0. Central boosted its mark to 14-0-0.
Whitefish 1 0 – 1
Bill. Central 0 2 – 2
W – Cassidy Grady, 18:00
B – Allie Lucas (assist Sammy Elliott), 52:00
B – Holly Davidson, 72:00
Shots – Whitefish 5, Central 15. Saves – Whitefish 13 (Piper Greenwood), Central 4 (Hadley Ryan).
Whitefish 8, Frenchtown 0
At Whitefish, the defending Class A champion Bulldogs reached the state finals for the second straight year behind four goals by Nathan Boone.
Whitefish (14-0-0) will play host to Billings Central (13-1-0) in the title match on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Frenchtown finished up its breakthrough season with a mark of 8-3-2.
Whitefish took a lead in the 22nd minute on a goal by Iaian Cameron and never looked back. Boone followed with a pair of goals leading up to halftime. The match then turned into a blowout when Boone scored twice in the first 11 minutes of the second half.
Whitefish finished with a 17-6 edge in shots. Keeper Matt Hayes had 16 saves for Frenchtown.
Frenchtown 0 0 – 0
Whitefish 3 5 – 8
W – Iaian Cameron (assist Curran Edland), 22:00
W – Nathan Boone (Tommy Murphy), 33:00
W – Boone (Sam Donaldson), 40:00
W – Boone, 46:00
W – Boone (Murphy), 51:00
W – Murphy, 61:00
W – Donaldson (Brandon Fuehrer), 74:00
W – Sean Janni (Taven Edland), 80:00
Shots – Frenchtown 6, Whitefish 17. Saves – Frenchtown 16 (Matt Hayes), Whitefish 6 (Thomas Clark). Corner kicks – Frenchtown 3, Whitefish 6. Total fouls – Frenchtown 7, Whitefish 7. Yellow card – Whitefish. Red cards – none.
Billings Central 4, Stevensville 0
At Billings, the Yellowjackets saw their season come to an end in a Class A semifinal playoff match that saw the Rams dominate in shots, 16-8.
Central jumped in front on a Conor Sheehy goal in the eighth minute. Stevensville stayed within striking distance until the 13th minute of the second half when the Rams scored an important insurance goal.
The Yellowjackets finished with an 8-5-1 record. Central (13-1-0) avenged its only loss of the season and will play at Whitefish in the state title match Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Stevensville 0 0 – 0
Billings Central 1 3 – 4
B – Conor Sheehy (assist Nolan Trafton), 8:00
B – Nico Gallegos (penalty kick), 53:00
B – Gallegos (Sheehy), 67:00
B – Zach Wall (Sheehy), 75:00
Shots – Stevensville 8, Central 16. Saves – Stevensville 4 (J.J. O’Bannon), Central 6 (Joey Thompson).