2018-04-15 / Sports

Soccer teams finally get season underway

BY SPORTS STAFF


North Branch’s Jacque Ankley takes the pass against LakeVille Tuesday while LakeVille’s Stephanie Lindeman (18) moves in for the steal, while teammate Kenedy Vines (10) assesses her next move. 
Photo by Lisa Paine North Branch’s Jacque Ankley takes the pass against LakeVille Tuesday while LakeVille’s Stephanie Lindeman (18) moves in for the steal, while teammate Kenedy Vines (10) assesses her next move. Photo by Lisa Paine LAPEER COUNTY — What a difference a day makes.

Area girls' high school soccer teams were finally able to play their first games of the season this week, with some canceled midway through on Monday because of snow. Tuesday saw windy, brisk conditions with temperatures in the mid-40s and by Wednesday the temperature was flirting with 50 degrees. Thursday's game put the girls to the test with 20-plus mph winds and warm, sunny conditions with the temperature reaching the mid-60s. Friday's games, which took place after we went to press, were expected to be played in cold, rainy conditions leading up to Saturday and Sunday's wintry mix of freezing rain and rain showers.


LakeVille’s Ava Mroz is pressured by several North Branch players as she sets up for the kick to clear the ball out of LakeVille’s end during Tuesday’s game at North Branch. 
Photo by Lisa Paine LakeVille’s Ava Mroz is pressured by several North Branch players as she sets up for the kick to clear the ball out of LakeVille’s end during Tuesday’s game at North Branch. Photo by Lisa Paine ALMONT

The Lady Raiders cruised to an 8-0 mercy over Capac in a game that ended at halftime.

Junior forward Alayna Panduren opened the scoring, finding the back of the net off an assist from freshman Hannah Schuchard. Senior Kirsten Schapman kept the momentum in Almont’s favor, scoring twice on backto back corner kicks to take a 3-0 lead. Panduren scored again on a pass from Jennifer Curtis. Caroline Tormala and Skylar Stryker gave the Lady Raiders a 6-0 lead each with an unassisted goal. Senior Shiane Caulkins closed out the scoring with two goals, both assisted by Schapman.

Freshman goalkeeper Savanah Tormala posted a shutout in the net, and coach Mike Kepler noted the stellar defensive play from Jesse Hellebuyck, Shelby Kutchey and Hannah Chaney.


Almont’s Kirsten Schapman races to the ball against Capac’s Samantha King in Wednesday’s game at Almont. 
Photo by Joe Oster Almont’s Kirsten Schapman races to the ball against Capac’s Samantha King in Wednesday’s game at Almont. Photo by Joe Oster On Monday, the Lady Raiders dominated Hamtramck 6-0. Almont took a 4-0 lead by halftime, led by two goals from junior Caroline Tormala. Her first goal was assisted by freshman Brandi Kautz while her second score went unassisted. Schapman also netted a goal on a free kick from 30-yards out. The final goal of the first half was scored by freshman Savannah Tormala off another assist from Kautz.

Kautz found the net herself, scoring the first goal of the second half unassisted. Schapman added another insurance goal, again finding the net unassisted from 30-yards out.

Sophomore Aliyah Cremeans earned the victory in net for the Lady Raiders, recording five saves. Kutchey, Hellebuyck and Schuchard were also noted by Kepler as having stand-out performances.


Imlay City’s Kaylee Kaminski kicks away from Yale. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Imlay City’s Kaylee Kaminski kicks away from Yale. Photo by Austin VanDaele Almont is now 2-2 on the season, after losing to Fraser 5-1 back on March 19 and Oxford 3-0 on March 21.

The Lady Raiders hosted Sterling Heights Parkway Christian on Friday after press deadlines.

Capac stats were not reported. — J.O./K.R.

DRYDEN

The Cardinals were narrowly edged out at Unionville-Sebewaing Area, 4-3, opening the season on Thursday.

Ally Sobek notched the first goal of the game, but USA got on the board 10 minutes later to answer. Kaylin Norman put Dryden back on top with five minutes left in the opening half to take the one-goal lead into the break.

Norman then put Dryden up by two in the second half, but USA would climb right back into it and tie the game. With only three minutes remaining, USA was granted a penalty kick and they seized the opportunity, winning the game 4-3.

Josie Carpenter was in net, registering seven saves. — B.P.

IMLAY CITY

The Spartans tied with Yale, 1-1, Wednesday. Both teams scored their goal in the second half, with Kaylee Rucker finding the back of the net for Imlay City, assisted by Abigail Thibodeau. Yale scored off a free kick just outside the 18-yard line. Goalkeeper Paris Houghten made one save.

In snowy conditions Monday, the Spartans beat Kearsley 2-1 in a 48-minute game that was called for snow. Both teams scored in the first half of the game with Imlay City goals scored by Starr Howland, unassisted. Houghten had two saves. — L.P.

LAKEVILLE

The Falcons lost against Caro 2-0 Thursday night.

“Overall our performance was excellent for most of the game, especially the second half, however we were unable to capitalize on a number of quality chances that would have given us the win,” said coach Adam Lucas. “We started out very strong and could have had two or three goals right away in the first ten minutes of the game while we maintained strong pressure in the Caro defensive half. We gave up a penalty kick about midway through the half which took a bit of wind out of our sails and we didn't quite have the team structure or composure for the remainder of the half and unfortunately gave up another goal on a broken play.”

“Our second half was exceptional and we played the majority of the game in the Caro defensive end,” added Lucas. “Our team structure came together and our possession throughout the field was excellent, creating numerous very high quality chances to score, including a number of1v1breakaways.”

“Miya McRorie had an excellent game in her holding midfield role defensively, but also creating opportunity going forward, while Sam Morris also played a strong game creating numerous chances for herself and teammates. We ended up creating 12 high-quality shots toward goal, while Bre West made six saves as our keeper,” noted Lucas.

“This loss was a bit disappointing because I thought we had done enough to get the win. We had a couple of bounces and decisions not go our way and if we get one or two of those breaks the game would have ended up much differently. Another great learning experience and overall I am proud of how we came together as a team and were able to maintain consistent and heavy pressure in our attacking half,” said Lucas.

LAPEER

The Lapeer girls tied with Mt. Pleasant on Thursday, 0-0, in their first league match-up of the season.

“I thought both teams played well, we have been struggling defensively up to this point, so we focused on our defensive shape in the midfield, which improved,” Lapeer coach Bob Jannuzzi said. “We created enough scoring opportunities but couldn’t finish. Some were our inability to put shots on goal and some were by good goalkeeping on their side.”

The Lady Lightning opened the season on Tuesday with a 6-0 shutout loss against Stoney Creek. Stoney Creek took a 1-0 lead 49 seconds into the game and extended it to 2-0 by halftime. Stoney Creek then added four goals in the second to take the win.

“Stoney Creek scored 49 seconds into the game and we never recovered,” commented Jannuzzi. “We did play very well in front of our goalkeeper, Victoria Horn, who was under pressure all night as we were out-shot 22-0.”

Lapeer hosted Rochester Adams on Saturday and travels to Midland on Monday. — K.R.

NORTH BRANCH

The Bronocs were shut out by Clio at Clio Thursday afternoon.

“North Branch played well against a good Clio team,” said North Branch coach Rick Skelton. “We created a few good chances to score but just could not get the ball in the back of the net. I'm very proud of how the girls played in a great match up.”

In net for North Branch Grace Pfromm made seven saves and Ally Marshall made one.

The Broncos shut out visiting LakeVille 9-0 Tuesday.

Savannah Orlando led North Branch with four goals, Sydney Turner had three and Mikenzie Vauter and Carly Warda each had one. Assists came from Warda, Orlando, Turner, Jacque Ankley, and Elaine Yongert.

“North Branch played their first game of season well,” said Skelton.

North Branch is 1-1 overall and faced Yale Friday after we went to press.

“I didn't think that we put forth our best effort as a team and the mentality to compete at a high level was not there throughout,” said LakeVille coach Adam Lucas. “Our team defensive structure was very inconsistent and we were not strong on our challenges. This was disappointing because coming off of our last game, we were excellent defensively and structurally allowing us to have much more success. Our lack of cohesion allowed a quality team like North Branch to exploit any inconsistencies in our team defending.”

Lucas added, “I did think our midfield did a good job of moving the ball and trying to regain some possession. Kenedy Vines, Megan Frisch, and Ava Mroz all had strong performances, both on and off the ball, trying to make something happen for us in the midfield. Although not a strong performance, there is much we can learn from this loss going forward and we will continue to develop our team structure and defending.” — L.P.

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