Belgrade boys soccer

Belgrade defenseman Josh VanderJagt heads the ball Friday evening against Billings West.

BELGRADE — Riley Krueger-Harding scored six goals and assisted on another Friday as Billings West routed Belgrade 12-1 in a conference match.

The Golden Bears (5-4-1) scored five of their goals in the first 13 minutes of the contest as Belgrade stumbled out of the gate.

“We put in a (new) formation today,” first-year Belgrade head coach Jeff DeBuse said. “We were trying something else out, and I think we just took about 15 minutes to get settled and start figuring it out.”

The Panthers (0-9) only allowed one more goal in the first half — in the 38th minute by Jonah Lewis — and nearly scored a goal of their own when Luke Hickok hit the crossbar.

Belgrade competed without senior defenseman Nathan Haycock, who sat out the contest after receiving a red card in a 3-1 loss to Great Falls last week. That led to DeBuse trying out the new formation.

“I’d been thinking about it,” he said. “And with Nate having to sit out today (I thought) it’ll work well now because we have to fill this spot and just kind of shifted kids around.”

Sean Smith scored the Panthers’ goal early in the second half off a free kick and nearly added another that just sailed over the crossbar.

“Sean had another great goal today. That was a perfectly placed free kick,” DeBuse said.

West tallied six goals in the second half, including three by Krueger-Harding and two from Quin Pawiroreoyo.

“Despite the scoreline, we still had a lot of really great things to take out of this game,” DeBuse said. “Sean’s goal, Christian (Atchison) having probably his best game all year, so I’m excited to keep building off that.”

Belgrade is back in action Saturday at Billings Senior.

‘I’m excited to go over to Senior and play a really good team,” DeBuse said. “Just keep working on stuff we’re working on and get better.”

Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.