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Whitefish girls top rival Columbia Falls for first State A soccer title since 2006

The Whitefish girls soccer team poses with the state championship trophy.
Posted at 7:13 PM, Oct 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-30 11:44:35-04

WHITEFISH — After a runner-up finish in 2022, the Whitefish girls soccer team is atop Class A in 2023.

The Bulldogs handled rival Columbia Falls for a 3-1 win Saturday, clinching the school's third state championship in program history and first since 2006.

Olivia Genovese found the back of the net off a corner kick with seven minutes to play in the first half to give Whitefish a 1-0 lead. Moments later, Isabelle Cook knocked one into the bottom left corner to push the Bulldogs' lead to 2-0 at intermission.

Delaney Smith extended Whitefish's lead to 3-0 early in the second half, driving home a goal from just inside the box.

The Bulldog defense held strong from there, preserving the clean sheet until just 5 minutes remained. Josie Harris scored for Columbia Falls, but it was too little too late for the Wildkats, as Whitefish put the finishing touches on a 13-2-0 season.

Columbia Falls finished the season 12-2-2, with both losses coming against Whitefish.