It should have been a night showcasing teamwork and talent – the kind of competition that only surfaces when teams are well matched. The Lone Peak High School Lay Big Horns and Manhattan Christian Lady Eagles both had undefeated records.
Lone Peak High School’s men’s soccer team competed against Whitefish High School in the playoffs on Oct. 17. The Bulldogs landed three goals in the first half and the Big Horns kept them scoreless in the second half. “Great game, obviously not the ideal result,” head coach Tony Coppola said.
The Lady Big Horns have rarely been taken to four games in a match this season. With momentum clearly on the Lady Big Horns side for the first two games, the Twin Bridges Lady Falcons rallied for the third.
It is rare for the Lady Big Horns to be taken to four games in a match this season, but the Mustangs kept them on their toes, with solid battles the second and fourth games. As head coach Missy Botha has noted, the Big Horns team is well balanced, with solid power on the offense as well as impressive defensive skills.
Though the final score of the homecoming game was 19 to 36 and a win for the White Sulphur Springs Hornets, the Lone Peak Big Horns showed glimpses of brilliance. There is real promise for the future of the young team, Coach Adam Farr said.
Last week every field at Big Sky Community Park was simultaneously met with soccer cleats. Some of those cleats were tiny and some of the players were little human tornadoes. Big Sky Futbol Club’s second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders played on the fields to the west.
Harrison/Willow Creek gave the Lady Big Horns a run for their money on Sept. 26, besting them in the third game, but the Lady Big Horns took the match, making their record 8-0.
LPHS vs. Harrison/Willow Creek
WIN 25-12, 25-20, 18-25, 25-10
Team Kills 28 Individual Leader Maddie Cone 11
With just a few seconds left on the clock as the Big Horns faced the Park City Panthers, Big Horns varsity quarterback Isiah Holst fired a Hail Mary rocket. That pass was tipped off the fingertips of three different players before settling into Pierce Farr’s grasp for a touchdown.
Though the Manhattan Christian Eagles currently outrank the Lone Peak High School Lady Big Horns due to the nature of the scoring system, the Lady Big Horns remain undefeated.
That is not their focus, though, Head Coach Missy Botha said.
League football just makes sense in Big sky, does it not? Sam Luedtke, general manager for Skyline Bus, thought so.