BILLINGS – It took a little longer than usual, but the Billings Central Lady Rams ran away from another opponent Friday with a 5-0 win over Whitefish.
Central came in averaging 10 goals per game over their first four, but only managed one in the first half, as Zoie Althoff opened the scoring with a darting run through the box in the 26th minute.
Bulldogs goalie Maggie Lyle made several big saves to keep the Rams at bay throughout the half, but Central forward Morgan Ferestad doubled the advantage four minutes into the second half to get the Rams rolling. Ferestad actually missed a penalty kick moments earlier, but corralled a loose ball after a Central corner kick and fired far corner to beat Lyle for a 2-0 lead.
Whitefish scored an own goal five minutes later, and Althoff added her second goal in the 56th minute to make it 4-0. Chloe Paharik finished the scoring with a headed goal in 72nd minute off a cross from Frankie Sindelar.
Central moves to 5-0 on the season with the win.
Central’s boys also only scored one goal in the first half, but unlike the girls, never found the net again as the Rams played to a 1-1 draw with Whitefish.
Camden Elletson got Central on the board in the 5th minute, but the Bulldogs responded through Ian Lacey in the 32nd. Both teams had chances after the break, but neither were able to convert. Central is now 3-1-1 on the season.
Friday’s games were originally scheduled to be played in Whitefish, but the contests were moved to Rocky Mountain College because of hazardous air quality in western Montana.
Central will host Polson Saturday at Rocky: The girls match is schedule for 10 a.m., while the boys play at noon.