2010-09-29 / Sports

Eagles blank Panthers in rival meeting


Lapeer West’s Zach O’Brien (15) battles for possession against the Eagles last Wednesday at the Lapeer Optimist Fields. Photo by MICHAEL SELECKY Lapeer West’s Zach O’Brien (15) battles for possession against the Eagles last Wednesday at the Lapeer Optimist Fields. Photo by MICHAEL SELECKY LAPEER — It was expected to be just like any other Lapeer East vs Lapeer West matchup, this time in soccer last Wednesday, but West found itself absolutely smothered by an oppressive and unstoppable Eagle offense that shut out its Metro rival, 7-0.

Seven different players scored for East in the contest, while keeper Colin Owen allowed just three shots on goal. Owen notched back-toback shutouts with Wednesday’s marking his sixth of the season.

Duncan Rowley opened the scoring for East as Alex Podolski sent him a nice penetration pass. Rowley then beat the goalie to it and chested the bouncing ball into the net. Minutes later, Yann Sportouch earned a head-ball goal after Clayton Tomczyk headed the ball to him. Just before the half ended, Rowley returned the favor for Podolski, sending him a ball that found the back of the net to put East up 3-0 at the half.

Dryden’s Zack Taylor looks to pass to a teammate in a game against Goodrich earlier this season. Photo by MICHAEL SELECKY Dryden’s Zack Taylor looks to pass to a teammate in a game against Goodrich earlier this season. Photo by MICHAEL SELECKY In the second half, it was all Lapeer East. Alex Henson kept the East scoring barrage going, scoring off a ground ball crossed by Podolski. Then, Rowley scored a nice head- ball goal after winning a ball sent into the box by Tomczyk. Spencer then scored as the route was fully on, then senior defender Nate Kolvek got it on the all-out attack, finishing off the scoring for East.

Lapeer East remains unbeaten in Metro League play and is tied for first place at 8-2-1 overall, 2-0-1 Metro.

"Our guys were pretty excited to play West this year,” said East coach Chad Kenny. “The past couple of years we've won close games and the guys were not really happy with that. Many of the West players grew up playing with our guys in our soccer club and our guys indicated to me they didn't want the score to be close this year.”

Misson accomplished. Kenny added, “I thought we played hard, generating many different chances. I really like how we scored many different ways, with seven different players scoring, with all goals being assisted. That says a lot about our team and what they'll do to win. We played organized. We played unselfishly. We are still improving, but this was a big week as our guys earned backto back shutouts, only allowing six shots on our goal all week. We'll enjoy this and get back to work as we have a tough Brandon game next week."

Senior captain and four year East starter Rowley took particular pride in the win as this marked the fourth time East kept West from winning.

"We want to play every game like its the championship game,” Rowley said. “The win against West was a step in the right direction. We've been practicing hard and we played well enough to get the win. Our defense played well and stopped West's talented forwards. There were plenty of chances for us to score and we made good on seven of them."

Rowley added in response to scoring a goal in his final East/West soccer game.

“I was pumped that I scored in my last game against West. Now we are focused on our next game," he said. — L.P.


Thursday’s contest between Dryden and the Montrose Rams concluded as a 2-2 stalemate, putting the Cardinals’ overall record at 6-2-2.

Down 1-0 at half, Dryden keeper Mathew Kunz kept the team in the game with several excellent saves, tallying 15 on the game. Andrew Kunz and Galen Roediger handled offensive duties, each scoring a clutch second half goal. Roediger benefited from a skillfully placed assist by Joe Sturza. The Cards led with only six minutes left on the clock but were swiftly matched as Montrose converted a last-minute penalty kick to tie the game and leave the Cards with a 2-2-1 GAC record. — C.S.


The Spartans were at Armada Monday for a Blue Water Area Conference contest, winning, 1-0, off the foot of Alejandro Zepeda, who posted the game’s only goal unassisted. Defensively Jonathan Torres stepped up for Imlay City with three saves to notch the shutout.

The Spartans, 10-0-1 overall, 9-0 BWAC, are at Capac today. — M.S.


In non-league competition, the Falcons hosted Caro Monday, allowing five first-half goals en route to a 7-0 defeat. Leading the offense for Caro was Jake Sattleburg with four goals and an assist. LakeVille was at Montrose for a Genesee Area Conference matchup yesterday. — M.S.


The Panthers defeated Metro League rival Swartz Creek, 3-2, Monday at home.

Coach Kenny Uzoigwe noted that after the big loss to rivals Lapeer East last Wednesday, “the boys came into the game today with a lot to prove.”

Forward Daegan Debono was the star of the game scoring two good goals in the span of four minutes and center forward Zach O'Brien rounded the night off with the third goal of the game to bring his season tally to four goals. Swartz Creek countered with two goals, but it was too late. The Panthers are now 2-2 in the Metro. — L.P.


Tri Valley Conference-East rival Millington came to town Monday, falling to the Broncos, 4-3.

Setting the offensive pace for North Branch was Cody Schwartz, who had a hat trick, and scoring once was Landon Orr. Gabriel Perez was also key for the Broncos with two assists, posting an assist each were Austin Kipp and Garrett Washington and making a dozen saves in net was goalie Mike Boshell.

North Branch, 5-8-2 overall, 3-5-1 TVC-East, hosts Valley Lutheran today. — M.S.

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