GREAT FALLS — For the first time in history, Memorial Stadium hosted an evening soccer match under the lights. The CMR boys and girls teams earned wins for a crosstown sweep of Great Falls High Tuesday night.
The Rustler boys scored early and often against the Bison, jumping out to a 4-0 before prevailing 6-1 at the end of regulation.
Senior Braden Stremcha scored twice while Jesse Lamaster, Payton Cochran, Blake Sowers and Moses Rocque all added goals for CMR. Youbin Kim scored Great Falls High’s only goal in the second half.
The girls game featured several chances by both sides in the first half, but Brynn Klinefelter’s marker in the second proved the game winner for CMR in a 1-0 win.
Thanks to a generous $105,000 donation from CMR girls soccer coach Willie Pyette and his wife, Melissa, soccer lines were added to the new turf at the historic stadium to accommodate several matches per year. The Pyette family was recognized at halftime of the boys game.
Mike Johnson was also honored before the start of the girls game. The longtime Bison athletics supporter passed away of natural causes on May 20. At the time he worked at TD&H engineering where he was the project manager of the field design process for the upgrade of Memorial Stadium.
Johnson was a youth coach and former athlete at Great Falls High where he played on two state championship teams. His daughter, Morgan Johnson, played in Tuesday night’s game.