Belgrade girls soccer

Belgrade’s Dalani Brayton, left, tries to steal the ball from Great Falls CMR’s Lily Rust on Thursday.

Aided by an own goal, Belgrade claimed its first victory of the season and while playing in Class AA on Saturday at Seible Soccer Park in Great Falls.

Both goals came in the second half as the Panthers shut out the Bison 2-0 in Eastern AA action.

“It took me a second to realize that this was the first win in AA, but we have tough games and we know that they will be tough,” first-year Belgrade coach Carl Bridwell said. “We just recognize that we got the first one out of the way, and now there’s no pressure to do that. Not to say that we don’t want to strive for that again. But now we can at least keep our heads held high for the next couple games and know we can compete.”

Belgrade (1-1-0) took a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute when a Great Falls defender sent an errant pass into the net. Then the Panthers added an insurance goal in the 75th minute.

Sarah Tadvick created the late goal after dribbling the ball into the corner and then booting a low shot toward the net. Great Falls’ keeper made the save but couldn't secure the rebound, and Dalani Brayton capitalized.

“Goalkeeper made a save, and Dalani was there to drive it across the front of the net and hit side netting,” Bridwell said.

The Bison (0-1-0) nearly took a lead into intermission after being awarded a penalty kick late in the first half. But keeper Mackenzie Turner made the save.

“It was a tide turner,” Bridwell said. “Gave us more confidence going into the second half.”

Turner finished with nine saves in the contest while the Panthers’ offense tallied 13 shots.

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