Hosted here in Helena on June 16 & 17, 2017
Arsenal boys and girls teams 2007 (U10) to 2005 (U12) faced stiff competition at the Montana State Showcase Tournament hosted here in Helena on June 17 & 18, 2017.
Showing their class and determination to win was the U10 Arsenal Academy Boys Blue and Gold Teams coached by Glen Wall, Stefan Wall, Ryan Holm, and Chris Much. These teamsbrought home the State Title. The Blue team defeated Magic City 2008 9-1, the Bozeman Blitzz Red 7-2, Magic City 2007 8-4, and lost a close match to Helena Gold 4-5. While the Gold team went 4-0 with wins against Flathead Green 9-2, Bozeman Blittzz Blue 4-3, Helena Blue 5-4, and Magic City 2007 9-0. Players that scored were: Mason Burrington (5g), Wyatt Lawson (6g,2a), Jacob Jost (6g,3a), Sawyer Holm (2g), Dallin Wall (3g,2a), Griffin Norberg (2g,1a), Jayson Danzer (1g,1a), Dawson Hicks (1g,1a), Drew Esponda (1g,1a), Zephyr Wall (3g,2a), Chase Frydenlund (1g,2a), Cohen Koch (10g, 3a), Noah Knapp (4g,1a), Henry Sund (2g,2a), Owen Jenkins (2g, 3a), Jacob Cooley (1g), Laine Foley (2g, 2a), Matteo Petroski (3g,1a), and Ryker Sorenson, Jacob Heffner, Maverick Lanigan, Cooper Stevens, and Austin Trent all contributed great work rate on defense.
U12 Arsenal Girls Blue team coached by Sean Lawlor and Jamul Hahn, closed out a highly successful spring season with an impressive 2nd place finish in the U12 Girls Gold Bracket at the 2017 MYSA Showcase Tournament held in Helena this past weekend.
Heading into the championship match, Helena amassed a scoring differential of 15-3 against their opponents defeating MT Rush 2-0 in the first match up on Saturday and definitively avenging an earlier season loss to Flathead Force by winning 9-2 in the second contest of the day.
On Sunday, they came ready to play for the semi-final match vs. Bozeman Blitzz, which resulted in a 4-1 victory. Unfortunately they lost a bit of steam by their fourth game of the weekend and fell to a talented Missoula Strikers team in the championship.
The weekend provided an awesome exhibition of the breadth of skills and teamwork the players have developed throughout the season. Often tasked with playing a variety of positions, the girls were always willing to do what was asked of them and gave it their all. Leading a well-balanced attack were Logan Todorovich (3 goals, 2 assists), Avery Kraft (2 goals, 3 assists), Madi Todorovich (2 goals), and Asti Hahn (1 goal), with robust finishing from Isabelle Linder (1 goal, assist) and Morgan Kaufman (1 goal). Strong midfield play was displayed by Tess Lawlor (5 goals, 2 assists), Lauren Hoxie (1 goal, assist) and Morgan Hayes (1 goal). Josie Esponda, Sydney Emmons, Brooklyn Brisko, and Celi Chapman were a fortress on defense with Brisko also providing excellent goaltending with assistance from Emmons.
After participating in four conference weekends and five tournaments throughout the spring season, the team finished with an outstanding 20-5 record.
2001 (U16) Arsenal Boys coached by Zack Waldher and Connor Brandon, went out with a bang by winning the Championship at the 3 Blind Refs Tournament in Kalispell June 3-4 .
The team won the first game 4-0 against the Plains Shockers. Scoring was Drew Briggs (assisted by Daniel Leas), Jonah Bibeau, Zander Huff, and Marston Carpenter.
In the second game, the boys won 2-1 versus the North Idaho Inferno. Scoring was Russell Wells off an assist by Austin Dengel and Henry Lauerman off of an assist by Drew Briggs.
In the third game the boys won 2-1 against the Sandpoint Strikers. One goal was an own goal and the other was Huff off of Lauerman's assist.
In the fourth game the boys played the Flathead Force and needed to win or tie to win the championship. They won 5-1. Scoring was Chris Meza (2), Lauerman, Briggs, and Sam Lane. Amazing defense throughout the entire tournament by Auggie Tupper, Thomas Etchart, Leas, Marcus Roberts, Huff, and Dengel. Excellent offensive effort by Ethan Peterson, Brekken Schultz and Caleb Spencer. Outstanding goalkeeping by Shawn Traynor only letting 3 goals in the whole tournament.
Arsenal Teams Surge as Champions and Finalists
1999 U18 Arsenal Boys team coached by Charly Ayidomihou, won the MYSA Montana State Cup this weekend in Billings. The team outscored their opponents by more than 2 to 1 in their five games on route to the championship title.
In group play, goals were scored by Aidan Adamek(1), Jackson Keller(10) and Jacob Ries-Roncalli(2). The Helena defense, led by Cameron Wilcox and Gavin Carlson, allowed very few shots on target. In addition to Wilcox and Carlson, the defense was comprised of Troy Bawden, Cody Brown, Ryan Quinn, Christian Swingley and Dawson Tedesco. Helena was also able to control speed of play by a powerful midfield presence led by Harrison Dengel and Jacob Ries-Roncalli. Completing the midfield unit were Aidan Adamek, Connor Bartleson, Caleb Hoxie, Colin McLean, Ben Ries-Roncalli and Luke Schmitz. Carrying the load up top were strikers Thomas Hampton, Jackson Keller and Max Mulder. Gabe Studt, as always, provided leadership and exceptional play in the goal.
The championship game was a hard fought battle against Great Falls Rush. The Rush team scored first even though Helena was controlling possession. Arsenal continued working and Harrison Dengel was able to bury a shot in the lower left corner of the goal to tie the game before half time. The game remained tied for most of the second half. With only 8 minutes remaining in regulation, Aidan Adamek hit a high shot that skimmed off the goalkeepers gloves and into the top of the net. The 2-1 score would stand sending the Arsenal team back to Helena with the Champions Cup. The Arsenal team will finish up their season June 9-11 at the Intermountain Champions Cup in Missoula.
The 1998 U19 Girls team fought hard to second place
2000 U17 Arsenal Girls coached by Lance Melton with assistance from Lexi Steele and Rick Thompson, traveled to Billings for the Montana State Cup tournament last weekend. Due to its undefeated league season, the Montana Youth Soccer Association ranked the Arsenal U17G as the #1 seed in the U18 Gold bracket for pool play, and Arsenal received a buy to the U17 Gold championship game. In the first game of the tournament on Saturday, Arsenal took down the Magic City U18 team (which ended up winning the U18 gold championship) 2-0. Goals were scored by Ellie Stiffler and Cassie Brisko. Saturday’s second game saw the Arsenal up against the Missoula Strikers, who battled to a 1-1 draw with a goal from Brisko.
In Sunday’s pool play, Arsenal played the Montana Rush U18 team for 69 minutes before the Rush hit the net off a corner with 20 seconds left in the match, resulting in a 1-0 loss. In Monday’s U17 gold championship game, Arsenal again faced off against the Missoula Strikers. The teams were very well matched and battled back and forth before Strikers hit the net in the second half. Arsenal shelled the Strikers repeatedly in the final ten minutes of the game but did not even the score. When the whistle blew, Strikers were up 1-0 and Arsenal took home the second place trophy. Arsenal’s offense was led by Kinzi Adams, Claire Benedetti, Brisko, and Stiffler. Midfielders Megan Havron, Megan Lindbo, Sarah Mueller, Tasha Peterson, Jaymee Sheridan, and Sydney Sheridan worked the field and created scoring opportunities. Defenders Audrey Arnold, Ty Cummings, Isabelle Melton, Kenzie Schulte, and Ellie Stock were steadfast and tough. Goal keeping duties were provided by Rachel Kosena who had numerous saves, including an amazing save on a PK in the Rush match. Arsenal U17G ended their undefeated in league play (7-0) with an overall season record of 10-2-2.
The 2003 U14 Girls Team shows off their hard earned Silver Medals
2004 U13 Arsenal Girls Blue team coached by Michele Zentz and Joseph Vranka, took second place at the Montana State Cup Tournament in Billings, Montana this last weekend in the 2004 girls bracket. The girls played an exceptional tournament with tight defense, incredible goalkeeping, and a counterattacking offense that came up big at the right times. The road to the finals was an exciting one with a 3-2 win against the Bozeman Blitzz, a 2-1 victory over the Missoula Strikers and a 1-0 victory over Great Falls’ Rush. The girls then played Great Falls in Sunday’s semi-final putting up another 1-0 win after a hard fought game. The real suspense came during Monday’s championship game when the girls played Bozeman Blitzz to a 0-0 draw. There were scoring chances on both sides, with Helena sending two shots off the cross bar of the goal. The game was ultimately decided by penalty kicks with Bozeman coming out one shot ahead of Helena. Goals were scored during the tournament by Lilli Danzer, Jaelyn Dwyer, Linnea Onushco, Hannah Martin, Odessa Zentz. Assists were provided by Lilli Danzer, McCoy Vranka, Emma Wilson and Hannah Martin. Odessa Zentz, Payton Mongoven and Emma Wilson put in stellar performances as goalkeepers with numerous saves. Penalty kicks were scored in the shootout by Brogan Vranka and McCoy Vranka. The team effort was completed with hard work and hard play by Catherine Burbidge, Emma Compton, Maddie Hermes, Camryn Mosness, Elsa Grebenc and Riley Schoenfeld for an awesome weekend of soccer!
Arsenal Academy Boys 2008 Team shares the spotlight and sportsmanship after a dominating tournament performance taking all the top places
Arsenal Girls 2005 Blue team coached by Sean Lawlor and Jamul Hahn, racked up a scoring differential of 14-4 in the Queen City Tournament and ended up as finalists in the U12 A division after a hard fought championship match vs. Flathead Force.
Paving their path to the title game, Helena defeated Magic City White (4-1), Flathead Force (2-1), and FC Missoula (7-0). Although they played a strong offensive game in the championship vastly outshooting their opponent, they were thwarted by the crossbar and posts numerous times and fell to Flathead (1-2) in the closing minutes of overtime.
A blazing offensive effort was exhibited throughout the weekend by Madi Todorovich (5 goals/assist), Logan Todorovich (2 goals/assist), and Avery Kraft (2 goals/assist). Demonstrating heads-up passing and quality field vision were Astri Hahn (2 assists), Morgan Hayes, Lauren Hoxie and Isabelle Linder. Providing tireless support covering end line to end line were Tess Lawlor (5 goals/assist) and Josie Esponda (assist). Defensively Sydney Emmons and Brooklyn Brisko were successful in frustrating offensive threats and Celi Chapman and Morgan Kaufman shared the majority of the goal keeping duties, making numerous crucial saves throughout the weekend. The team carries a 13-4 record for the season and will enjoy a well-deserved weekend off over Memorial Day.
Champions and hard fought finishers
Arsenal Girls 2005 Blue Team coached by Sean Lawlor and Jamul Hahn, captured the U12 girls’ championship at the Montana Rush Cup in Great Falls this past weekend, beating the MT Rush 2005 (3-1), MT Rush 2006 (7-0), Helena Arsenal 2006 (3-0), and the MT Rush 2005 in the championship game (4-2). Providing scoring for Helena throughout the tournament were Logan Todorovich (5 goals), Tess Lawlor (5 goals/1 assist), Morgan Hayes (2 goals/2 assists), Madi Todorovich (2 goals, 1 assist), Avery Kraft (1 goal/3 assists), Sydney Emmons (1 goal/1 assist), Josie Esponda (1 goal) and Astri Hahn (1 assist). Solid goal keeping was spearheaded by Morgan Kaufman, with Brooklyn Brisko and Celi Chapman also sharing time in the net. A formidable defense was led by Lauren Hoxie, Chapman, Emmons, Brisko and Esponda, with strong midfield play provided by Lawlor, Logan T. and Madi T. Isabelle Linder, Kraft, Hayes, and Hahn provided the spark on the forward line. The U12 girls are 5-2 in tournament play and 5-1 in conference play for the season thus far.
The U14 Arsenal Girls Blue team coached by Frank Cornwell and Keith Sayers, were the Champions at the 2017 Montana Rush Tournament in Great Falls this past weekend. Overall the team won all four matches played and gave up only one goal to a very competitive Canadian team from Calgary on the first day. The first match ended in a 6-0 win against Great Falls with a hat trick by Bailey Root and other goals by Sophie Palcisko, Taylor Cornwell and Jenna Rahn. Haiden Plummer and Rylee Cummings combined in goal to seal the clean sheet. The second match paired the girls against our Canadian friends to the north. Arsenal won 2-1. The girls came out firing with goals by Taylor Cornwell, (Assist- Marrin Champan) and Jenna Rahn, (Assist-Sophie Palcisko) in the first half. The second half had tremendous defensive efforts by Rylee Cummings, Rachael Van Blaircom, Meghan Rake and Sophie Palcisko with Haiden Plummer and her aggressive play and great decision making in goal to seal the win. Day two provided a great match with a different Great Falls team that we have had great matches with all season long. Arsenal came out with a tough 1-0 win with the lone goal coming from Baily Root, assisted by Keetyn Sayers. Haiden Plummber and Rylee Cummings once again combined for the shutout victory. In the Championship game, Arsenal played the team from Calgary and came away with the 1-0 victory to seal the tournament title. The winning goal came from an excellent corner kick by Rachel Plaster and controlled beautifully by Bailey Root to score. Haiden Plummer’s timely decision making and ability to find the open person while in goal guaranteed the shut out victory. The weekend success by this club was a total team effort which will play a big role in getting the team ready for the Montana State Cup in 2 weeks in Billings.
U17 Arsenal Girls, coached by Lance Melton with assistance from Lexi Steele and Rick Thompson, traveled to Great Falls for the Montana Rush Cup tournament and competed in the U18 bracket with a result of second place Finalist. In the first game on Saturday, Arsenal took on the tough North Idaho Inferno and came out on top 4-2. Goals were scored by Ellie Stiffler (assisted by Kinzi Adams), Cassie Brisko on a direct kick, Sydney Sheridan, and an own-goal off a Brisko corner. In the second game of the day, Arsenal battled the Montana Rush to a 2-2 tie, with both goals by Jaymee Sheridan (one assist from Adams). Going in to Sunday’s matches atop the standings but battling injuries, Arsenal subdued the Montana Rush U18 team 2-0, with goals by Sydney Sheridan (Adams assist) and Brisko on a PK. Arsenal again faced the North Idaho Inferno in the afternoon’s championship match and the battle raged on with neither team able to chip one in until the remaining minutes of the match, when Inferno hit the net to win 1-0. Rock solid defense by Arsenal players Audrey Arnold, Ty Cummings, Isabelle Melton, Kenzie Schulte, and Ellie Stock was key to the weekend success, while midfielders Melina Hammer, Megan Havron, Sarah Mueller, and Tasha Peterson and forward Claire Benedetti worked the field and created scoring opportunities for the offense. Goalkeeping duties were provided by Rachel Kosena. Arsenal U17G remain undefeated in league play (7-0) with an overall season record of 9-1-1.
U14 Arsenal Boys Blue team coached by Andy Adamek, Josh Wilcox and Colby Smith traveled to Wyoming to compete in the Sheridan County Big Horn Snickers Cup Tournament on May 13-14th, taking home 3rd place medals after an exciting weekend of play. In game 1 against Billings Magic City White U14 Premier, Blue took an early lead with a well placed throwin to the box by Ethan Hayes connecting with Aidan Tonidandel at minute 9:08. Arsenal was then allowed only 9 more shots by a skilled and physical Billings backfield. Team defending and pressure by Blue limited Billings to only 4 shots in the second half, with their final shot at 5 seconds left hitting the cross bar and then pounded in on the rebound to equalize and finish in a disapointing 1-1 draw. Keeper Dylan Maharg kept Blue in the game with 7 saves. With this win snatched away in the final seconds Blue came out unfocused in game 2 to play to a 1-1 draw against host club SC Storm as it scored with only 95 seconds left in the game. Blue took 25 shots, finding the net only once in the 45th minute with quick central combining by Hayes to connect to left winger Tyler Jost on the run from wide. Keeper Maharg was credited with 3 saves in game 2. In game 3 Blue demonstrated its character after going down 3 goals by half against an older and polished Worland SC team (who went on to take 1st place at the tournament) . With halftime adjustments calling for midfield patience and loading to wide players Blue battled back to score 2 goals (1 by Tonidandel and 1 by Luke Sullivan). In what appeared to be a dramatic equalizer at minute 68 Sullivan was called offside after shaking the net. Valiant effort was demonstrated by the entire team in game 3, with standouts Josh Wilcox orchestrating possession in his defensive midfielder role and backfield players Casey Fladager, Shaun O'Brien, Dylan Hoogerheide, Nathan Adamek and Reid Jankowski repulsing blistering attacks by Worland, limiting them to only 11 shots the entire game with 4 saves logged by Maharg. Three games of perserverance paid off with a 1 point goal differential pushing Blue into the consolation final playoff game against the Casper Blades. Blue came out big in game 4 with its only goal scored by Charles McLaren 90 seconds into the game. It took an entire team effort of exhausted players to hold this nailbiting lead to the final tweet. Congrats Arsenal Blue!
U18 Arsenal Boys team coached by Charly Ayidomihou, won the Montana Rush Cup tournament this past weekend. Helena came out on top of bracket play on Saturday. In their first game, Arsenal came back from a three goal deficit to tie Butte. Dawson Tedesco sparked the comeback with a shot from 30 yards out to score the first goal. Jackson Keller was able to follow that up with two additional goals. The first was scored off a penalty kick and the second by burying a rebounded shot that the Butte keeper was unable to secure. After that initial game, Helena outscored their opponents by an 11-1 margin. Colin McLean kicked off the scoring in Saturday’s second game against Laurel. Keller and Jacob Ries-Roncalli combined for two additional goals. Each getting an assist and a goal. Cameron Wilcox was able to shut down a strong striker for the Laurel team to help earn Gabe Studt the shut out in goal. In the semi-final game, Jacob Ries-Roncalli was able to bend a corner kick into the box against a stiff wind. The Great Falls players were unable to handle the kick and an own goal was the result. A few minutes later, Keller was able to add a security goal off a direct kick from Gavin Carlson. Carlson played the ball into the box and Keller was able to track the bounce after the keeper over ran the ball and volley it into the back of the net. In the Championship game, Helena came out ready to play. Aiden Adamek and Keller worked the ball down the right side and scored within the first minute. Adamek picked up his second assist three minutes later when Connor Bartleson scored the second goal. Ries-Roncalli later crossed the ball into the box and Keller was able to put it in for the third goal before halftime. Harrison Dengel and Keller combined for the next two goals. Late in the game, Ryan Quinn provided the assist to Ben Ries-Roncalli for the final goal. The Arsenal squad sends thanks and healing thoughts to the Butte team. Butte players suffered several injuries Sunday but still played hard until the final whistle.
U14G Blue Gold Bracket (Lance Melton)
U14G Gold Bronze Bracket (Dominique Anduaga-Arias)
U19G (Rick Sparks)
U19B (David Treadway)
U19G (Rick Sparks)
U14B (Cuyler Tonkovich)
U16B (Diego Rivas)
Received the "Fair Play Award" at Region IV Championships
U16G (Brookes Morin)
U15G (Jim Dushin/Pat Graham/Megan Parish)
U12G (Ann Bauchman)
U18B (Craig Howard)
U15B (Paul Patterson)
U13B (Sean/Lance Melton)
U19G (Scott Lockwood/Mike Flaherty)
U15B (Tom Halberg/Mike McGrath/JoeMazurek)
U12B (Vivian Dias)
U17G (Scott Lockwood)
U16G (Scott Lockwood)
U12G (Ann Bauchman)
U13B (Vivian Dias)
U12B (Matt Lyng)
U14G (Scott Lockwood)
U12B (Dwight Bergeron)
U14G (Lowell Luke)
U16B (John Driscoll)
U12B (Vivian Dias/Tom Honzel)
U14G (Lowell Luke)
HYSA Arsenal Tournament Achievements (Head Coach in parentheses)
Coeur d'Alene Hot Shots Tournament , Coeur d'Alene, ID
U16 Girls Runner-Up (Carl Straub)
Inland Northwest 5 - a - side Tournament Spokane, WA
U16G Champions (Carl Straub)
Stevensville Spring Classic
U16G Champions (Carl Straub)
2013 - 2014
Sleeping Giant Soccer Classic (Helena, MT)
- U14G Blue, Champion 2014(Lance Melton)
- U13G Blue Runners-up 2013 (Lance Melton)
Hot Shots (Coeur D’Alene, ID)
- U12B Blue, Runners-Up (Mark Etchart)
Stockman Bank Classic (Billings, MT)
- U13G Blue, Runners-Up (Lance Melton)
Queen City Classic (Helena, MT)
- U12B Blue, Champions (Mark Etchart)
3 Blind Refs (Kalispell, MT)
- U12G Gold, Champions (Jamul Hahn)
- U14B Blue, Champions (Diego Rivas)
- U13G Blue, Runners-Up (Lance Melton)
- U15B Blue, Runners-Up (Cuyler Tonkovich)
2012 - 2013
Stevensville Spring Classic (Stevensville, MT)
- U13G Blue, Champions (Matt Brophy)
Hot Shots (Coeur D’Alene, ID)
- U16B Blue, Runners-Up (Diego Rivas)
- U16B Gold, Runners-Up, playing U15 (Danny Stark)
- U14G Blue, Runners-Up (Brooke Mahoney)
Queen City Classic (Helena, MT)
- U10B Blue, Champions (Randy Nett)
- U12B Blue, Champions (John Ries)
3 Blind Refs (Kalispell, MT)
- U16B Blue, Champions (Diego Rivas)
- U14B Blue, Champions (Cuyler Tonkovich)
- U16G Blue, Runners-Up (Bob Decker)