Class A soccer playoffs
Bigfork (3-7-2) at Billings Central (9-1-2), 9:30 a.m., Wendy’s Field at Rocky Mountain College – The Rams enter the playoffs with the second-lowest goals allowed (just nine), while Bigfork has scored the second-fewest goals (22) among the playoff teams.
Libby (4-5-2) at Stevensville (11-0-1) – Stevensville won its first South A conference title and was a perfect 11-0-0 until Corvallis played to a 1-1 draw with the Yellowjackets in the last game of the season. Corvallis then bowed out of the playoffs with a 1-0 loss to Hamilton on Tuesday in the play-in match.
Livingston (7-5-0) at Whitefish (9-1-2) – Livingston gets the first shot at the Bulldogs’ prolific offense. With two of the top three points scorers in Class A, Nathan Boone (13 G, 16 A) and Jared Johnson (17 G, 3 A), Whitefish tallied a state-best 60 goals, 12 better than next-best Stevi.
Belgrade (6-5-1) at Hamilton (4-8-0) – Despite being a No. 3 seed to Belgrade’s No. 2 seed, Hamilton still gets to host this match after its overtime upset of Corvallis in the play-in match. Hamilton has allowed the most goals among the playoff teams, and will need to contain Belgrade’s Chris Brayton (19 goals).
Polson (6-5-1) at Billings Central (12-0-0), 11:30 a.m., Wendy’s Field at Rocky Mountain College – The Rams begin their quest for their sixth straight Class A championship with a home match against a Polson team coming off a 7-0 drubbing of winless Libby. The Rams, though, have given up just four goals this season.
Columbia Falls (6-2-3) at Hamilton (11-0-1) – The only other team in the girls field not to have a loss, Hamilton has scored the second-most goals (55) to Central’s 63.
Livingston (2-7-3) at Whitefish (10-2-0) – The Rangers will have their hands full trying to mark freshman Haley Nicholson, who has 18 of the Bulldogs’ 48 goals.
Laurel (7-2-3) at Frenchtown (7-4-1), noon – This will be a tough test for both clubs, which are No. 2 seeds from their respective conferences. Frenchtown features Abby Teagle (24 goals), while Laurel can counter with Lexi Lewis (23 goals). Laurel scored four second-half goals for a 6-3 win when the teams met in Frenchtown to open the season Aug. 30.