Soccer girls, boys celebrate Homecoming week with victories


Junior Nick Downs fires a shot as the varsity boys soccer team battles the Skyview Falcons on Aug. 23. Photo by Meg Smith.

Alecks Leavey

While C.M. Russell’s Homecoming was showing off dress-up themes in the hallways, the varsity girls soccer team was shooting off goals against Great Falls High last Tuesday.

After one half, only a single point was scored by senior Ali Zimmerman; after that came the barrage. Seven more goals went on to be scored as the Rustlers heightened the Homecoming festivities with an 8-0 win over the Bison. Senior Alyssa Malisani had an assist and a score of her own at the end of the shutout.

“It’s just another game,” Malisani said. She added that in the eyes of her coach and the team, a game against their city rivals is no different from any other matchup.

The winning continued on Thursday when the girls completed a regular season sweep of the Butte High Bulldogs in a 7-1 rout.

When asked about her team’s confidence riding back-to-back wins, Malisani admitted it was “definitely going up.”

“I definitely think our defense is solid,” she said.

The girls will take on Bozeman and Billings Senior this weekend Oct. 7 and 8, and still have some things to improve on as their record sits at 4-2-2.

“Our middle field has some holes, and we need to finish games earlier,” Malisani said. “But we are feeling good, and that’s a pretty big deal.”

The boys team also had reasons to celebrate after a 1-1 tie with Great Falls High, and a 2-1 win over the Bulldogs, which completed a season sweep of Butte by CMR. The boys now have a 2-4-2 record, and are hoping to continue to improve.

The Rustler men will play host to Bozeman and Billings Senior the same day as the girls this weekend.