It’s Crosstown Soccer II today, as Helena High hosts Capital at Carroll College’s Nelson Stadium.
The girls’ game will start at 3 p.m., with the boys contest scheduled to follow at approximately 5 p.m.
Both the Helena and Capital girls have yet to taste defeat, with the Bengals leading the Western AA Conference with 20 points at 6-0-2.
The Bruin ladies are tied for second place with 16 points at 4-0-4, with Missoula Sentinel (5-2-1).
Helena and Capital wound up in a scoreless tie in their first meeting two weeks ago. The two teams are ranked 1-2 in the state defensively, having allowed just one and two goals, respectively, all season.
Coach Mike Meloy’s Bengals have outscored their opposition 22-1, and played seven games before allowing their lone goal — coming in a 1-1 tie at Hellgate last Saturday.
Helena junior forward Callie Kanthack is the state’s leading scorer with 24 points, coming on seven goals and three assists.
Freshman Patricia Martin is HHS’ next top scorer with 13 points, coming on four goals and one assist, followed by Madison Therriault with 10 points, on two goals and four assists.
The Bruins, under coach Rick Thompson, hold a 10-2 scoring advantage over their opposition. Junior defender Grace Ibsen is the club’s top scorer with 10 points, coming on three goals and an assist. Senior forward Jaimee Hulst is next with six points, on two goals. In its last outing, CHS was held to a 0-0 tie by Big Sky.
The team’s goalkeepers are Shanna Floerchinger for Helena, and Kyra Dorvall for Capital.
On the boys side, Helena captured the first meeting 2-0. The Bengals, under coach Carl Straub, are tied with the league lead at 19 points (6-1-1) with Glacier (6-2-1).
Capital stands in fifth place, at 3-3-2, with 11 points.
The Bengals sustained their first loss on Saturday at Hellgate, 6-1. They have outscored the competition this year 17-11, with their best offensive weapon being junior forward Caymen Beason, who has 17 points, on five goals and two assists.
Senior Matt Thomas (two goals, three assists) and junior Isaac Bostrom (three goals) are next, with nine points apiece.
Coach Glen Walls’ Bruins own an even mark on the scoreboard, scoring seven times and giving up seven goals. Their seven goals allowed are the fewest in the conference.
Capital’s latest action was a 2-0 loss to Big Sky.
Junior Riley Smith is CHS’ top scorer with eight points, on two goals and two assists.
Jaden Maharg is Helena’s keeper, while Ryan Hauck and T.J. Sylvia share time as Capital’s goalies.
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