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Althoff goals push Billings Central past Laurel in title rematch, Laurel boys answer

Posted at 5:18 PM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 00:53:16-04
Billings Central’s Zoie Althoff celebrates with teammates after scoring her second goal of the match in a 2-0 win over Laurel. (Dan Dragan, MTN Sports)

BILLINGS – The last time Billings Central and Laurel played soccer on Wendy’s Field at Rocky Mountain College, the Locomotives stormed off with a State A championship. That was last October.

Thursday afternoon, the Rams regained control of their home field with a 2-0 to stay perfect this regular season. It was Laurel’s first loss since the title match.

The Rams struck first in the 29th minute when Zoie Althoff connected for a 1-0 lead. Althoff iced it with another in the 55th minute.

There was a weather delay of approximately 30 minutes due to hail and lightening with 14:13 left in the game.

The rivalry picks up two weeks to the day when they square off in Laurel on October 4 at 5 p.m.

Thursday’s boys game was scoreless at halftime before Laurel tacked on two in the second for a 2-0 win.

Bryce Adkins lobbed it over the keeper’s head in the 63rd minute for a 1-0 Locomotives lead. Layne Chelgren put the match away with one more in the final minute.

The boys also play their rematch two weeks from tonight in Laurel with a 7 p.m. start.