The Roundup -

State Champions

Sidney Soccer Teams Earn Titles


Members of the U19 state championship team from Sidney were, front from left, Skylar Imhof, Case Christian, Captain Luke Beenken, Waylon VanBuren, Jace Johnson and Bryana Christensen; middle, head coach Ray Johnson, Ian Aldrich, Troy Monsen, Carson Allen, Larren Foust, Reagan Finsaas and assistant coach Jason Imhof; back, Cristian Seitz, Tanner Wacha, Captain Cody Johnson, Goalie Jared Gustafson, Kelvin Hill and Michael Gangstad. Not pictured is Wyatt VanBuren. (Submitted, Heather Johnson)

State championships were earned by both Sidney's U19 and U15 soccer squads during the state cup June 11-12.

The U19 squad opened action with a 6-0 shutout over Red Lodge. Jared Gustafson was the goalie for the Strikers.

Jace Johnson led the offensive attack with three goals. Kelvin Hill, Waylon VanBuren and Luke Beenken each accounted for one goal and one assist. Casey Christian added an assist.

The Strikers, despite losing three starters due to injuries in the last two weeks, then knocked off Big Timber, 3-0. Scoring goals were Beenken, Hill and Troy Monsen. J. Johnson had an assist while Cody Johnson added an assist on a corner kick.

In the semi-final round, Sidney edged Miles City by a 3-2 final. Beenken, Skylar Imhof and Hill scored for the Strikers. Having assists were Monsen and Reagan Finsaas.

Sidney stopped Lewistown, 2-0, in the championship game. J. Johnson headed in a goal off C. Johnson's corner kick for one of the goals. Beenken headed in a goal off a pass from Hill.

Sidney's U15 team opened play with a 4-0 victory over the Glendive/Circle squad. Goalie Spencer Sloan registered a shutout.

Jace Johnson controls the ball during the championship match against Lewistown. (Submitted, Heather Johnson)

Julian Imhof led the way with three goals. Michael Scott added a goal. Caleb Slade accounted for an assist.

In the semi-final round, Sidney defeated Miles City by a 2-1 final. Scoring for the Strikers were Jonathan Gonzalez and Imhof.

The two squads met again in the championship round with Sidney pulling out an overtime victory. The game was deadlocked at 2-2 at the end of regulation. Gonzalez and Kaleb Jimison scored for Sidney. Jimison's goal came with five minutes left to force overtime.

In the shoot-out, Sidney's Nicholas Trevino and Garrett Still scored for a 2-1 win. Goalie James Allen made four amazing saves.


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