The three Hi-Line United soccer teams are already several games into their 2014 seasons, but there is still plenty of soccer action coming up for the local talent.
Once again, the United have put together three teams, including the U19 co-ed team, the U18 girls team, and the U16 co-ed team. The U19 squad is just two years removed from back-to-back state titles and is currently sitting with a 3-2-1 record. The U18 girls are sitting at 0-4-0, while the U16 squad is sitting at 0-6-0.
After going through the rebuilding stages last season, the U19 United program will look to make another run at a state title this season. A year ago they won just two divisional games during the regular season, and entered the post season as the No. 3 seed. But head coach Briayan Flores brings in a talented group of players that should hopefully make some noise.
The United had just three seniors last season, meaning a ton of talent returns to the pitch this year. Elijah David, Desmond Fialkosky and Angelo Flores highlight the returning veterans for coach Flores, Tyra Allen, Megan Cline, Sean Dugdale, Mathew Hodgson, Ramon Mendivil-Chavez, Troy Mord, Spencer Obresley, Karina Partida, Brandon Robertson, Kiana Robertson, Trey Scofield, Robert Smith, Derek Vandessel and Mitchell Woods also add to the solid, and talented roster. Pam Olson is the assistant coach, while Ciara Donovan is the manager this season.
And a solid chunk of the schedule still remains as the United continue to gear up for the post season.
On May 10, the United will be in Billings, where they will face Red Lodge and Big Timber. And returning to Billings May 17, the United will face Butte and Laurel on the road. Following back-to-back road trips to Billings, the United will also visit Sidney, where they will face MC Posse and Sidney May 31. The United will end the regular season at home with two games June 7. They will face Big Timber at 11 a.m., followed by Sidney at 5 p.m. Both games will be played at the Havre soccer fields behind the Havre High gymnasium.
In U18 girls action, the United are struggling to keep a team once again. The beginning numbers were decent, and a main goal is to house enough girls on the roster to continue the season.
This years’ roster is made up of Kayla Berg, Katie Derry, Autumn Harvey, Elizabeth Hinebauch, Joslin Lasalle, Trinity Leeds, Sarah Manuel, Adrienne Miller, Julea Pratt, Carlene Rennick and Ashlee Williamson. The team is coached by Hongmanie Nachampassak and assisted by Gladys Kunik. The trainer is Christian Montanez, and the manager is Monica Boyce. The team is also off until May 17, when they will play two games in Great Falls. The United will face Ravalli United SC and Electric City SC. On May 21, the United will return to Great Falls to play Electric City SC again, as well as Helena Arsenal. The United girls will also make their season debut June 7, when they play two games in Havre. They will face Butte at 11 a.m. and Stevensville at 5 p.m. Their games are also played at the Havre High soccer fields.
The U16 co-ed team has plenty of players to go around but is still searching for a win this season.
Their roster is made of Zachary Barnes, Kambri Bender, John Colby, Ian Doll, Alec Drew, Randi Gabrielson, Trinnity Gobin, Patrick Leeds, Clifford Lenhardt, Corey Lloyd, Kierstyn Martin, Trenton Parrotte, Megan Rainey, Michelle Rainey, Randi Ruhkamp, Jaryn Winchell, Brady Wolf and Bryant Wolf. They are coached by John Harkins and assisted by Vicki Ruhkamp, and the team manager this season is Nicole Knowlton.
This weekend the team will be in Belgrade to face Ravalli United and Belgrade. Followed by a trip to Hamilton on May 10, where they will face Kootenai and Ravalli United. On May 17, they will be in Havre, where they will face the LWT Bullets at 10 a.m. and Sidney at 4 p.m., also at the HHS soccer fields. May 24 the United return to the road for the first of three final road trips. They start with games against Electirc City SC and Belgrade, followed by LWT and Sidney in Lewistown May 31, and LWT and Sidney June 7 in Sidney.