Youth soccer team plays hard in rain or shine

The Big Timber Wolves under 14 (U14) soccer team travelled to Bozeman on Saturday, May 13, to play two games in the rain and cold against teams from Bozeman and Big Sky, which are in the next highest division.

Big Timber faced off first against a good team from Bozeman. Big Timber had some quality scoring chances, but Bozeman proved to be very good at keeping the Wolves from finding the back of their net.

Bozeman took the lead early with a goal at about the five minute mark, and held the 1-0 lead through most of the first half. Big Timber’s defense settled in after that first goal and the offense picked up and was able to send in quite a few shots that the Bozeman goal keeper was able to save. Close to the end of the first half, Big Timber had a small lapse on defense and Bozeman was able to increase their lead to 2-0, which is how the first half ended.

The second half started well for Big Timber, with both the offense and defense working hard to keep the ball on their opponent’s end of the field. About half way through the second half, Big Timber scored their lone goal of the match from a leaping header by Aaron Fossum, who scored off of a beautiful ball that was sent into the crowd in front of the goal by Levi Baker from about 30 yards out.  

At that point, Big Timber was only down three goals to one and it seemed like a comeback was in the making. Unfortunately, Bozeman turned up the heat and was able to wear them down and increase their lead over the next 20 minutes. The game ended with Bozeman winning by a score of six goals to one.

The second game of the day was against a physical Big Sky team that was able to use the size and speed of one of their strikers to keep the game just out of  reach. 

Nathanael Fossum and Troy Alford each scored a goal for Big Timber, and their defense played very well, but the Wolves couldn’t quite shut down Big Sky’s best striker. The final score of five goals to two doesn’t do justice to how close the game was for much of the duration.

The effort in both games was great, and Big Timber continues to see the whole team improving on those skills that will help them close the gap with these quality teams that they are playing this season. Big Timber is looking forward to the last few weekends of the regular season, and then the State Cup in Livingston in four weeks.  

Big Timber will have the weekend before Memorial Day off, and will be back in action the following weekend on Saturday, June 3 at their home fields starting at 9 a.m. The games that weekend will be against Lewistown and Miles City.

By Andre Toulouse / Special to the Pioneer



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