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Helena Boys, Girls, Capital Girls Soccer Teams Ready for State

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The Helena High Lady Bengals enter the tournament as the favorites with the number one seed out the west, after their third undefeated season in four years. But they're not relying on just their reputation to get them a championship, because their previous undefeated runs ended short of a state title. But they do feel that the experience of those runs has set them up to finally bring home the crown.

"This year we have a lot more experience offensively as well as defensively, where as in previous years we've had either or," said Lady Bengals senior forward Patricia Martin. "So this year I feel like everybody is ready to go. Everybody has been here, done that."

"I think we're trying not to be too confident," said Lady Bengals sophomore forward Kamden Hilborn. "We want to go in, and play our best. And go in like we have our past few games, play hard and play together, and hopefully come out with some wins."

The Bengal boys return to state after missing the tournament last year with the two seed out of the west. Last year the Bengals had the two seed in the standings but lost their playoff game to Flathead, but this year they had and automatic berth and a first round bye thanks to the new playoff system. Which means they've had to rely on their practices, rather than playing in games to keep themselves in shape, which they are perfectly fine with.

"We've been practicing really well, everybody is playing well," said Bengals senior forward Andriy Proctor. "We play 11's each night, and it doesn't look like anybody is getting tired of playing against each other. It's a good competition every night."

"These past couple practices we've definitely found our rhythm," said Bengals senior defender Colin Habeck. "As a team we're feeling really confident."

"We've had a good season, and have had some guys coming back from injury all year, and we have a pretty healthy squad right now," said Bengals senior defender Graham Foster. "So I think we like our chances."

The Capital High girls soccer team is also returning to state after a one year hiatus, and are eager to prove they're better than their four seed ranking. During their play-in game against Flathead the Bruins were able to dominate the match from start to finish, and feel that that's exactly how they'll have to play against the east's number one seed Bozeman in order to pull off the upset.

"I feel like we have to show that we earned our spot back, that we're supposed to be at this state tournament, because I feel like we can," said Bruins senior center midfielder Brynn Walker. "And last year was pretty sad, but being back this year will make up for it hopefully."

"We're a little nervous, but I think we've all been getting more confident with our touches, and as a team working together," said Bruins junior center back Tatum Hastings. "So it should work out."

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