HELENA – Helena Capital goalkeeper Aryn Cummings isn’t afraid to back down from a challenge. Standing between the posts against defending champion Helena High is certainly a daunting task, but the Lady Bruins’ keeper held the Lady Bengals in check on Wednesday afternoon.
Cummings and Helena Capital didn’t allow a single goal during a crosstown scoreless draw at Carroll College’s Nelson Stadium.
“Today was a significant team victory for our girls,” said Helena Capital head coach Lindsey Gilstrap. “They played with confidence, passion and grit, and I couldn’t be more proud of their performance against the reigning state champions.”
Helena High was certainly the aggressor early in Wednesday’s match sending shot after shot toward Cummings in the north end zone. But Capital’s senior leader made play after play, leaving the Lady Bengals scratching their heads.
“Aryn played fearless in goal and came up with some incredible saves when we needed them most,” Gilstrap said. “She was crucial in holding the high-powered Helena offense to a scoreless draw.”
Cummings snagged attempts from the likes of Katie Martin, Kamden Hilborn and Jaylen Tintinger. Late in the first half Melina Hammer’s shot from near midfield provided a scare, ricocheting off the crossbar to Alanna Vickory whose header sailed high.
Helena High has not lost a conference game in its last 38 tries, but Wednesday was the Lady Bengals’ first tie of the season. Mike Meloy’s squad is now 6-0-1 on the season and travels to Kalispell to meet Glacier and Flathead on Oct. 7 and 8.
Wednesday was also the first tie of the season for Helena Capital (2-5-1) and could boost the Lady Bruins in their final four games of the regular season.