Bulldogs’ season off to hot 3-0 start

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Bulldog Brandon Mendoza keeps watch on a Belgrade player as he dribbles the ball downfield Friday afternoon at Smith Fields. (Heidi Desch photos/Whitefish Pilot)

The Bulldogs soccer team got an early rematch of last year’s state title match against Belgrade.

This time, Whitefish came out on top.

The Bulldogs took down Belgrade 4-1 Friday in an early season matchup, behind goals from Casey Schneider, Sam Menicke and Xander Burger.

Schneider opened the scoring just five minutes in the match and Menicke added his first goal 10 minutes later to put the Dogs up 2-0 at the half.

Two late goals from Whitefish put them up 4-0, with Belgrade’s Josiah Russell tacking on a goal in the 67th minute to get on the scoreboard.

The Dogs also shut out Livingston 4-0 on Saturday.

Burger, Menicke and Chase Savin led the scoring column, as well as an own goal from Livingston.

This week Whitefish hosts Laurel on Friday and Billings Central the following day.

The boys will play Laurel at 5 p.m. and Billings at noon.

Livingston 0 0 — 0

Whitefish 2 2 — 4

W — Xander Burger (Ian Lacey), 4:00

W — Own goal, (Riley Arendt), 25:00

W — Sam Menicke, 44:00

W — Chase Savin, 64:00

Shots on goal — Livingston 11, Whitefish 8; Corner kicks — Livingston 5, Whitefish 2; Goalie saves — Livingston 2 (Declan Goff), Whitefish 6 (Colter Upton); Fouls — Livingston 2, Whitefish 6; Cards — Livingston, 1 yellow

Belgrade 0 1 – 1

Whitefish 2 2 – 4

W – Casey Schneider (Ian Lacey), 5:00

W – Sam Menicke (Schneider), 16:00

W – Xander Burger (Menicke), 49:00

W – Menicke (unassisted) 65:00

B – Josiah Russell (unassisted), 67:00

Shots on goal – Belgrade 12, Whitefish 10; Corner kicks –Belgrade 3, Whitefish 4; Goalie saves –Belgrade 6 (E.J. Dewell, Garrett Orrell), Whitefish 11 (Colter Upton); Fouls – Belgrade 7, Whitefish 6; Cards – None.

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