2010-05-09 / Sports

Red Raiders gets revenge on Sandusky

BY ERIK HOHENTHANER, MICHAEL SELECKY SPORTS WRITERS AND LISA PAINE SPORTS EDITOR

Marlette’s Jenna Stadnika inbounded a ball in a game earlier this week Photo by MICHAEL SELECKY Marlette’s Jenna Stadnika inbounded a ball in a game earlier this week Photo by MICHAEL SELECKY MARLETTE — In the battle for Greater Thumb Conference-East supremacy, the Lady Red Raiders’ varsity soccer team has found the waters less than friendly, including losses of 1-0 and 3-0 at league crossover rivals Bad Axe April 16 and EPBP April 21. Having also beaten Sandusky, 2-1, at home April 14, Marlette was at the Lady Redskins’ Wednesday for the rematch, winning, 3-0.

Scoring for the Lady Red Raiders were Rachel McEwen with two goals, and Abby Bowman on the assists by Becca Spinks, Rachel McEwen and Allissa Braswell.

“We were up at halftime 1-0 and came out in the second half and added two more goals. Wendy Devor made two saves in the win,” said coach Dave Hayden. “The defense played a very good game with the rest of the team picking it up in the second half. I was impressed with how we played as a team in the second half. This is a good bunch of girls that just keeps getting better as the season progresses. The defense doesn't always get the recognition they deserve so I want to let Tanya Braswell, Kelsey Romosier, Taylor Chappel, and Tiffany Schroeder know that they are doing a great job and their efforts are appreciated.”

Lapeer East’s Ariana Donahue controlled possession for the Lady Eagles. Photo by CHRIS DUNGEY Lapeer East’s Ariana Donahue controlled possession for the Lady Eagles. Photo by CHRIS DUNGEY Marlette hosted conference crossover rival Bad Axe last Friday and is at Cass City Monday.

ALMONT

The Raiders welcomed Blue Water Area Conference rivals Capac on Wednesday and picked up their sixth win of the season, 7-0.

Almont had contributions from many sources as six different players found the back of the net. Carlie Lawrence and Jelena Rosenburg scored goals in the first half to lead 2-0 at the break and the Raiders put on an offensive clinic in the second half to seal the victory.

Kaylin Deppe scored on a corner kick, while Chelsea Dudek, Hailee Hovis, Hillary Cooper and Rosenberg added goals in the second half. The Raiders out-shot Capac, 29-8, and Kayla Phillips earned the shutout, blocking all eight shots.

The Raiders travel to stateranked Richmond tomorrow, while the Chiefs played Dryden on Friday and take on Croswell- Lexington tomorrow.

BROWN CITY

In what amounted to their third road contest in a row and seventh overall after nine games played, the Lady Green Devils were at USA last Wednesday, winning, 4-2.

The story for Brown City in this one was Katie Halbert, who clocked a hat trick and an assist for the affair, scoring once was Stephanie Lerchenfeldt, and making eight saves in net was goalkeeper Jolene Cooper.

The Lady Green Devils hosted Cass City last Friday and are at Bad Axe Monday.

LAPEER EAST

The Lady Eagles used a torrid scoring pace to shut out Metro League rival Flint Kearsley, 7-0, last Wednesday at the Optimist Fields.

Dayna McIntyre opened the scoring for the Eagles assisted by Morgan Warda, then added another on a penalty kick before halftime. Ariana Donahue scored in the first half to make it 3-0 in favor of East.

In the second half, it was all East, as Donahue scored her second goal assisted again by Madison Kobylik. Sophomore Erica Place added 2 goals, one assisted by Kristina Day, the other by Cassie Diaz. Sabelle Nielson capped the scoring with the assist going to freshman Megan Salens.

“Offensively, we were able to finish many of our chances we were given,” said East coach Chad Kenny. “I did not feel that we played real efficently in the midfield, but the game is won in the boxes and that is where we fluorished today. Defensively, Devon Benner was another wall. She routinely won balls in front of our own box, taking a lot of pressure off our goalies. Kearsley has some solid forwards and I thought we defended them well."

The big East vs. West clash takes place Monday at 6:45 p.m. on Optimist Field 10.

LAPEER WEST

The Lady Panthers defeated Metro League foe Brandon Blackhawks, 2-0, despite high winds at home last Wednesday.

Coach Tony VanHouten said Brandon was overmatched by West’s ability to process the ball forcing them into a defensive shell. In the first half, West opened the scoring after connecting five consecutive passes with Kaitlyn Barnes finding the back of the net off a final pass from Katie Atwood. Brandon was unable to make good on any scoring attempts, giving West the 1-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, West continued to dominate possession and pressured Brandon’s defense, scoring its second goal off a corner kick from Shannon Brown, where Justine “Butter” McGeary blasted the ball past the Brandon keeper from six-yards out.

Lauren Weeks and Ana Tkach combined in goal for the shutout. VanHouten noted that West has not given up a goal in its last three matches and hopes to continue the streak Monday when it plays cross town rival Lapeer East at 6:45pm. on Optimist Field 10.

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