MISSOULA — The Whitefish boys soccer team made a trip back to the state title game for the second year in a row last weekend. But this time, the Bulldogs earned a different result.
The top-seeded Bulldogs got to host every playoff game at home, and they took advantage. Polson came into town last Saturday and Whitefish took care of business, winning 6-2. Head coach John Lacey said the entire team jelled and knew ultimate goal all year.
“Going into the season everyone really prepared,” said Lacey. “They like playing soccer a lot they like each other it’s a great group of boys so yeah they knew what was ahead of them and we kind of went into the season looking forward to getting back to that game again pretty cool we got to finish it off.”
That’s Whitefish’s first championship since 2012. And it gives them six titles, the most all-time in class A.
Five of the championship goals came from Xander Burger alone. Burger is a 4 year starter on varsity and capped off his career is the best fashion possible. Lacey says it was a pleasure to see Burger display all his talent in his final game.
“Every game that I’ve been back now with the program for the last four years Xander has been a key talk,” said Lacey. “He’s a very talented player and has been throughout the state and the club season for many many years even before he got to high school. He’s willing to do the work defensively and he’s just a really smart soccer player this year in particular who really really bought into everything that our team was about in terms of the tactics in how we play.”
Burgur’s five goals are the most ever scored in a Montana state championship game.