Arsenal Teams Surge as Champions and Finalists
1999 U18 Arsenal Boys team coached by Charly Ayidomihou, won the MYSA Montana State Cup this weekend in Billings. The team outscored their opponents by more than 2 to 1 in their five games on route to the championship title.
In group play, goals were scored by Aidan Adamek(1), Jackson Keller(10) and Jacob Ries-Roncalli(2). The Helena defense, led by Cameron Wilcox and Gavin Carlson, allowed very few shots on target. In addition to Wilcox and Carlson, the defense was comprised of Troy Bawden, Cody Brown, Ryan Quinn, Christian Swingley and Dawson Tedesco. Helena was also able to control speed of play by a powerful midfield presence led by Harrison Dengel and Jacob Ries-Roncalli. Completing the midfield unit were Aidan Adamek, Connor Bartleson, Caleb Hoxie, Colin McLean, Ben Ries-Roncalli and Luke Schmitz. Carrying the load up top were strikers Thomas Hampton, Jackson Keller and Max Mulder. Gabe Studt, as always, provided leadership and exceptional play in the goal.
The championship game was a hard fought battle against Great Falls Rush. The Rush team scored first even though Helena was controlling possession. Arsenal continued working and Harrison Dengel was able to bury a shot in the lower left corner of the goal to tie the game before half time. The game remained tied for most of the second half. With only 8 minutes remaining in regulation, Aidan Adamek hit a high shot that skimmed off the goalkeepers gloves and into the top of the net. The 2-1 score would stand sending the Arsenal team back to Helena with the Champions Cup. The Arsenal team will finish up their season June 9-11 at the Intermountain Champions Cup in Missoula.
The 1998 U19 Girls team fought hard to second place
2000 U17 Arsenal Girls coached by Lance Melton with assistance from Lexi Steele and Rick Thompson, traveled to Billings for the Montana State Cup tournament last weekend. Due to its undefeated league season, the Montana Youth Soccer Association ranked the Arsenal U17G as the #1 seed in the U18 Gold bracket for pool play, and Arsenal received a buy to the U17 Gold championship game. In the first game of the tournament on Saturday, Arsenal took down the Magic City U18 team (which ended up winning the U18 gold championship) 2-0. Goals were scored by Ellie Stiffler and Cassie Brisko. Saturday’s second game saw the Arsenal up against the Missoula Strikers, who battled to a 1-1 draw with a goal from Brisko.
In Sunday’s pool play, Arsenal played the Montana Rush U18 team for 69 minutes before the Rush hit the net off a corner with 20 seconds left in the match, resulting in a 1-0 loss. In Monday’s U17 gold championship game, Arsenal again faced off against the Missoula Strikers. The teams were very well matched and battled back and forth before Strikers hit the net in the second half. Arsenal shelled the Strikers repeatedly in the final ten minutes of the game but did not even the score. When the whistle blew, Strikers were up 1-0 and Arsenal took home the second place trophy. Arsenal’s offense was led by Kinzi Adams, Claire Benedetti, Brisko, and Stiffler. Midfielders Megan Havron, Megan Lindbo, Sarah Mueller, Tasha Peterson, Jaymee Sheridan, and Sydney Sheridan worked the field and created scoring opportunities. Defenders Audrey Arnold, Ty Cummings, Isabelle Melton, Kenzie Schulte, and Ellie Stock were steadfast and tough. Goal keeping duties were provided by Rachel Kosena who had numerous saves, including an amazing save on a PK in the Rush match. Arsenal U17G ended their undefeated in league play (7-0) with an overall season record of 10-2-2.
The 2003 U14 Girls Team shows off their hard earned Silver Medals
2004 U13 Arsenal Girls Blue team coached by Michele Zentz and Joseph Vranka, took second place at the Montana State Cup Tournament in Billings, Montana this last weekend in the 2004 girls bracket. The girls played an exceptional tournament with tight defense, incredible goalkeeping, and a counterattacking offense that came up big at the right times. The road to the finals was an exciting one with a 3-2 win against the Bozeman Blitzz, a 2-1 victory over the Missoula Strikers and a 1-0 victory over Great Falls’ Rush. The girls then played Great Falls in Sunday’s semi-final putting up another 1-0 win after a hard fought game. The real suspense came during Monday’s championship game when the girls played Bozeman Blitzz to a 0-0 draw. There were scoring chances on both sides, with Helena sending two shots off the cross bar of the goal. The game was ultimately decided by penalty kicks with Bozeman coming out one shot ahead of Helena. Goals were scored during the tournament by Lilli Danzer, Jaelyn Dwyer, Linnea Onushco, Hannah Martin, Odessa Zentz. Assists were provided by Lilli Danzer, McCoy Vranka, Emma Wilson and Hannah Martin. Odessa Zentz, Payton Mongoven and Emma Wilson put in stellar performances as goalkeepers with numerous saves. Penalty kicks were scored in the shootout by Brogan Vranka and McCoy Vranka. The team effort was completed with hard work and hard play by Catherine Burbidge, Emma Compton, Maddie Hermes, Camryn Mosness, Elsa Grebenc and Riley Schoenfeld for an awesome weekend of soccer!