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Central at Laurel girls soccer

Billings Central's Maggie Lyle blocks a shot on goal by Laurel's Gracey Willis (13) during their match at the Laurel Sports Complex last week. Laurel, the defending State A champion, opens the playoffs on the road Saturday against Columbia Falls, while Billings Central, last season's runner-up, opens at home against Corvallis.

Class A soccer playoffs




Livingston (7-2-3) at Whitefish (11-0-1), 11 a.m.: Whitefish is the only team to allow fewer than 10 goals (9) on its way to being the lone team without a loss. Livingston ended the regular season with a loss to Laurel.

Laurel (4-7-1) at Frenchtown (10-2-0), 2 p.m.: Laurel and Frenchtown opened the season with the Broncs coming away with a 1-0 win. Now, one team will end the other’s season.

Hamilton (6-5-1) at Belgrade (8-1-3), noon: Two-time champion Belgrade begins its final postseason in Class A before moving up to AA next season. Hamilton will look to contain Kanon Tebo, whose 22 goals is second-best in the state.

Missoula Loyola (5-6-1) at Polson (11-1-1), 2 p.m.: Polson needed a shootout win to overcome Columbia Falls in Tuesday’s play-in match. The Pirates won an earlier match-up this season 6-1 over Loyola.



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Laurel (10-1-1) at Columbia Falls (9-3-0), 1 p.m.: Defending champion Laurel lost out to Billings Central on goal differential for the top seed in the East, and gained a tough draw as a result. The Wildkats’ Josie Windauer has 28 goals, second-most in the state.

Belgrade (8-2-2) at Missoula Loyola (8-3-1), 11 a.m.: Belgrade is coming off a 3-3 draw with Eastern A champ Billings Central. Freshman Lani Walker has scored 27 of Loyola’s 50 goals.

Corvallis (3-8-1) at Billings Central (10-1-1), 1 p.m.: Led by Morgan Ferestad (a Class A single-season record 34 goals), the Rams have scored 84 goals as a team and given up a state-fewest 10. Corvallis has 19 goals on the season.

Hamilton (10-2-0) at Whitefish (8-5-0), 1 p.m.: For these teams, their hopeful road to the state title match begins with a look back at history. These two programs won the first two titles in Class A history: Whitefish in 2001 and Hamilton in 2002.

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