Girls soccer opens season on a high note

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  • Hannah Gedlaman scored early and often against Bigfork.

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    Lakia Hill fights for possession against Frenchtown.

  • Hannah Gedlaman scored early and often against Bigfork.

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    Lakia Hill fights for possession against Frenchtown.

The Columbia Falls girls soccer team looks as good as expected early in the season. They thumped Bigfork on the road Thursday, 8-0, and dispatched Frenchtown 4-1 in their home opener Saturday.

Hannah Gedlaman had four goals in the first 24 minutes against the Valkyries.

Frenchtown played the Lady Wildcats tougher, at least in the first half.

Gedlaman scored at the 29-minute mark. Shots by Lakia Hill and Josie Windauer just missed.

In the second half they put the hammer down, gave up less possessions, and put the Lady Broncs away with three more goals.

“They’re hungry and they’re looking strong. They’re playing a pretty decent brand of soccer,” coach O’Brien Byrd said.

He said the girls came out with more intensity in the second half.

Gedlaman added another goal in the second half. Windauer and Callender also found the back of the net. The Cats have a host of scoring threats this season.

Like the boys, the girls face Park County and Belgrade this weekend at home. Friday’s game is 4 p.m. for the girls, 6 p.m. for the boys. Saturday’s is 11 a.m. for the girls and 1 p.m. for the boys.

The Belgrade girls are undefeated as well, coming off a 3-0 win against Whitefish last week. It should be a marquee matchup and a glimpse at what’s to come in the postseason.

Columbia Falls 9, Bigfork 2

C. Falls 4 5 — 9

Bigfork 0 2 — 2

CF: Hannah Gedlaman (Macey Sandefer), 3:00

CF: Hannah Callender (Lakai Hill), 9:00

CF: Gedlaman (Callender), 13:00

CF: Gedlaman (Flora Jarvis), 24:00

CF: Sandefer (Hill), 43:00

BF: Madison Gardner (Ashton McAnally), 44:00

CF: Josie Windauer (Callender), 57:00

CF: Callender (Windauer), 58:00

BF: Jordan Nelson, 60:00

CF: Hill (Katy Garate), 62:00

CF: Gedlaman, 72:00

Shots on goal: Columbia Falls 36, Big Fork 4.

Frenchtown 0 1 — 1

Columbia Falls 1 3 — 4

C — Hannah Gedlaman (Hannah Callender assist), 29:00

C — Callender (Macy Sandefer assist), 46:00

C — Gedlaman (Sandefer assist), 48:00

F — Frannie Kelly, 74:00

C — Josie Winduaer (Callender assist), 83:00

Shots on goal — Columbia Falls 30, Frenchtown 5; Corner kicks: Columbia Falls 4, Frenchtown 2; Goalie saves — Frenchtown (Rebecca Brennan) 24, Columbia Falls (Madeline Jarvis) 5; Fouls — Columbia Falls 11, Frenchtown 13; Cards — None.

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