HELENA — Capital High junior midfielder Aidan Adamek had a good regular season on the soccer field this fall.
Adamek helped the Class AA Western Conference No. 4 Bruins to a 6-4-2 record – including a 1-all tie against undefeated conference champion Missoula Hellgate – and finished the regular season tied with Helena's Ben Ries-Roncalli as the conference's fifth-leading scorer.
Adamek entered the postseason with eight goals and five assists for 21 points. Not too shabby. But then he turned it up a notch.
During Capital’s playoff game to reach its first State Tournament since 2010, and then the three contests at the AA tourney at Siebel Fields, the junior polished a shine on his season with four more goals and another two assists.
Adamek wound up with overall totals of 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points, and helped Capital to a fifth-place showing at state, while securing the IR’s 2018 Boys All-Area Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
“Wow! This is an honor and I’m very willing to accept it,” Adamek said. “To begin, I don’t think I did anything spectacular or out of the ordinary to win this award.
“Obviously I had a very good season, but my main goal and contributions were to help the team progress and build throughout the year.”
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In the second week of the season, Capital came from behind to defeat Flathead 3-1 at Northwest Park. After the Braves staked an early 1-0 lead, Adamek notched two of the three tallies in the win.
He put the Bruins on the scoreboard with a corner kick that bent in, and then followed Caleb Hoxie’s go-ahead goal with an insurance marker for the Bruins.
In a 7-0 win over Missoula Big Sky, Adamek had a goal and an assist. Next, he posted another goal-and-assist effort in a 4-1 win over Flathead, prior to his eighth goal of the year in a 3-1 win over Glacier.
In the 3-2 playoff win over the Braves, Adamek passed for two assists, helping to propel Capital to its first Class AA tourney appearance in eight years.
At the State Tournament, the Bruins went 2-1 and placed fifth as Adamek capped off his four-goal tournament with a hat-trick in their final contest, a 4-2 victory over No. 3 Sentinel.
“Aidan was very important to our team, he’s great at dribbling, passing and shooting,” teammate and all-state defender Zach Snyder said. “He works as hard as he can until the end of the game, and whenever Aidan’s on the pitch, the whole team plays better.
“We definitely would’ve had a much harder season without him.”
Adamek said that although he thought he had “a very good season and that my contributions to my team had the potential of winning an award like this,” he still wants to stay humble and continue to work and improve before his senior season.