There is finally soccer being played at Williston High School.

On Friday, April 5, the first game of the inaugural girls soccer season for the Coyotes took place in Bismarck. Unfortunately for Williston, they were topped by Bismarck, 2-0 in the contest.

Despite the initial setback, Coyotes head coach Justin Graham told the Williston Herald that he was very encouraged at the overall level of play after just two weeks of practice. “Although the ball did not quite bounce our way, the girls played awesome. We played to a scoreless tie through 40 min with several opportunities to score,” Graham said.

In particular, coach Graham acknowledged the individual efforts of several Williston players, including eighth grader Sarah Ewert, Jenna Sime and goalie Lexi Christenson. “Sarah played well up front almost scoring several times, and Jenna is going to be very difficult for teams to get by this season,” the Williston soccer coach added. “And Lexi was nothing short of awesome, playing without fear and controlling the penalty area. She was a huge reason for the close game.”

The Coyotes also took the field on Saturday against Jamestown and played the Blue Jays to a scoreless tie. After seeing his new club compete in two games, coach Graham says Williston’s first soccer team has the foundation of a winning program. “The take away from the weekend games is that Williston has the talent and heart that is needed to build a strong team. It is exciting to see their confidence grow,” he continued.

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