Girls soccer team has sights set on postseason

Print Article

Hannah Gedlaman scored the Wildkats lone goal against Whitefish last week.

With a host of returning talent and a great mix of young players, the Columbia Falls girls soccer team should be in the thick of the Class A postseason this year.

The team has 16 returning varsity players, including all-conference players Kaylee Ashe and Kyla Johnston and all-state forward Hannah Gedlaman.

Johnston anchored the defense last season and Ashe and Gedlaman were the team’s leaders on offense.

Coach O’Brien Byrd has the sights set high for the ladies.

“Our goal is to get to the state championship game,” he said.

This year, Byrd and a host of assistant coaches will guide the girls and boys squads. Byrd likes the team’s depth. They have a solid bunch of starters and a deep bench.

“Every one of them could start,” he said.

This squad also has some young talent in Lakia Hill, a freshman who knows how to put the ball in the back of net. Josie Windauer, who started as a freshman last year on offense, moves to defense. They’ll also look for good things from midfielders Katy Garate, Hannah Callender and Kailey Schrader, to name a few.

Madeline Jarvis will return as the team’s keeper.

The girls were 7-5-1 overall last year and were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by longtime rival Billings Central.

In the conference, look for Polson and Whitefish to be tough again this year.

Building for the future, the junior varsity squad has a full roster — all of them freshmen. The junior varsity team is coached by Lindsey Henning. Henning is a former standout soccer player for the Wildkats and a paraeducator at the high school.

Byrd is assisted by his wife, Melanie, Kelsey Russo, Thomas Clark and Kristiana Konkol. Konkol played college ball for UCLA.

The girls open their season on the road against Bigfork Aug. 31. Their first home game is Sept. 2 against Frenchtown.

Print Article

Read More Sports

Wildcat soccer drops a pair to rival Bulldogs on the road

September 20, 2017 at 8:25 am | Hungry Horse News Defensive lapses for both the boys and girls soccer teams added up to losses for both squads against Northwest Conference rival Whitefish last week. The boys lost 3-2 while the girls lost 2-1 on the...


Read More

Grant takes 33rd in world mountain bike race

September 13, 2017 at 8:52 am | Hungry Horse News CAIRNS, Australia — Columbia Falls mountain biker Rose Grant finished 33rd at the UCI women’s elite cross country Olympic world championships on Saturday, finishing nearly 11 minutes back of the over...


Read More

Wildcats lose to Beavers on the road

September 13, 2017 at 8:52 am | Hungry Horse News The Columbia Falls football team lost to Dillon in a squeaker on the road last Friday, 16-14. The rematch of last year’s Class A championship game lived up to its billing. The score was knotted up a...


Read More

Spikers go 1-2 on the week

September 13, 2017 at 8:51 am | Hungry Horse News The Columbia Falls volleyball team went 1-2 on the week. Last Tuesday, the Wildkats lost to Libby, 25-18, 25-17, 25-12 in their home opener, then bounced back to beat Ronan on the road Thursday, 25-...


Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2017 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy