The Vidette Staff
MONTESANO — So far this season, the Montesano girls soccer team sits even at 1-1.
In their first outing — on Sept. 10 at Napavine, the team went through a set of tie-breakers pull out a 3-2 victory over the Tigers.
At home on Sept. 12, the Bulldogs took their first loss, falling 3-0 to the Rochester Warriors.
Rochester 3, Monte 0
Working off a rebound, the Warriors took the lead early in the match with a 30-yard shot by Camryn Atlhauser. Althauser scored twice for the Warriors, both their opening and closing goals. Montesano, with initial control of the game, could not get past the heavy defense of the Warriors.
Warrior Quinn McFadden scored the second goal for the visiting Rochester team in the first half.
Monte 3, Napavine 2
The Bulldogs fired rapidly at the Tiger net but was only able to strike twice in regulation play recording 43 shots on goal. Napavine put two in the net to equal the visiting Montesano team, on three shots. Senior LeeAnn Rhoden struck first for the Bulldogs as they left at the half up 1-0. The Tigers equaled the score at minute 42 and advanced with a strike at minute 60. Taylor Birdsall kept Montesano in the game with the tie at the 68th minute. The game went into two overtime sessions with no one taking advantage and had to be settled by a shoot-out.
With the league following FIFA rules this year, only those players on the field at the end of the session may participate in any penalty kick tie-breaker. Montesano was able to net four of the five attempts with scoring strikes from Rhoden, Alyx Miller, Makenzi Howard and Brooke Whitsell. The four points held up as the Tigers were only able to convert on two of their attempts.
With varsity woes still trying to get their groove on the playing field, the Bulldog junior varsity has been able to take advantage of their opponents and have a 2-0 record so far this season. In their latest match against Rochester the team had to run with only 10 players. The Warriors matched them on the field in an act of sportsmanship, but had a full line of substitutes to cycle in and out of the game. Montesano ran the same 10 the entire match and came away with a 1-0 win. Cheyann Bartrlett would get the credit for the lone Bulldog goal off a cross feed from Ashley Aschim in the first half.