The Hi-Line United U19 co-ed soccer team picked began defense of its magical state title with a 1-1 start to the season.
After capturing the 2011 state championship, the United opened a brand new season with a split in Sidney last weekend.
In the first game, the United took care of Lewistown by a score of 3-1. Hi-Line goals came by way of Elijah David, Carlos Tovar and Logan Pike. Pike also earned an assist, while goalie Taran Huestis saved six Lewistown shots on goal.
As good as the United played in game one, host Sidney turned the tables on the Hi-Line squad in game two. Sidney beat the United on the pitch, 5-3. However, Erik Woodwick had a huge game for the United, scoring a “hat trick” by finding the net three times. Sam Lippy and Tovar each had an assist, while Huestis saved 15 shots.
“All in all it was a very rewarding weekend for the kids,” United assistant coach Pam Olson said. “Both teams presented very difficult challenges and all the kids rose to those challenges. The kids all played 90 minutes of both games, never gave up on a ball and were constantly making adjustments to their game to keep battling back. This weekend gave us a very clear picture of the things the kids are already doing well and what they need to work on.”
The United U19 team is on the road again this weekend with two games in Big Timber. The United will face the Big Timber Wolves and the Missoula Blue.
The United will play their only home games of the season when the host Miles City and Sidney and May 12 at the Havre High soccer fields.