2012-09-20 / Sports

Suttons Bay soars; Leland heads higher


SUTTONS BAY defensemen helped out goalie Aaron Orban with a direct kick from Leland’s Luke Nesbitt. The Norse trio from left is Eric Chapman, Jason Winowiecki and Jesse Eldredge- Fox. SUTTONS BAY defensemen helped out goalie Aaron Orban with a direct kick from Leland’s Luke Nesbitt. The Norse trio from left is Eric Chapman, Jason Winowiecki and Jesse Eldredge- Fox. Suttons Bay net minder Aaron Orban came to play Monday at Leland. So did Leland’s Mike Farese.

Orban shut down the Comets’ scoring machine in the first half — with 12 saves — but wasn’t able to keep the Comets contained in the second half.

The Comets edged Suttons Bay 2-1 in Greater Northwest soccer action in Leland.

“We were getting the changes we wanted in the first half, we just could not finish them,” Leland coach Joe Burda said. “We had too many close range shots miss wide and over. A lot of that credit goes to (Orban). He’s a great keeper and a workhorse between the posts.”

Leland’s scoring leader Dylan Jolliffe tallied his 40th goal of the season at the 64th-minute to put the Comets up 1-0.


LELAND’S MATT Fleis and Suttons Bay’s Marcos Villanueva from left spar for the ball in the Comets’ offensive end of the field. LELAND’S MATT Fleis and Suttons Bay’s Marcos Villanueva from left spar for the ball in the Comets’ offensive end of the field. “They had one kid shadowing Dylan every step he took, even when he dropped back to play defense,” Burda said. “Dylan broke free … and got one past Orban.”

Then a few minutes later Matt Fleis scored off an assist from Tony Mosqueda. Jolliffe’s goal was assisted by Luke Nesbitt.

Trailing 2-0, Suttons Bay’s Martin Stowe struck a shot from about 25 yards out and scored.

“It was a well hit ball, but our outside mid-should have never let that shot happen,” Burda said. “Our defense played a fantastic game, but as a team, we need to stop letting a bad goal get scored.”

The chain of events was “not fair” to Comet goalminder Mike Farese, the coach said.


CAM STOWE, right, winds up for a shot on goal in Leland’s Northwest Conference match against Suttons Bay. Aaron Orban, in goal for the Norsemen, turned away 12 shots in the first half of the 2-1 game won by the Comets. CAM STOWE, right, winds up for a shot on goal in Leland’s Northwest Conference match against Suttons Bay. Aaron Orban, in goal for the Norsemen, turned away 12 shots in the first half of the 2-1 game won by the Comets. “He should have about eight or nine shutouts, and he doesn’t because of breakdowns on the field,” he said.

Jolliffe’s 40th marker equals his season total from last season. And the Comets are just beginning the second half of 2012 campaign.

“It’s good to know we’re still improving,” Burda said. “We don’t want to plateau yet,, we have too many weeks left.”

The win boosted Leland’s overall record to 13-2, and 5-1 in conference action. The loss put Suttons Bay at 2-4-2 when they visited Elk Rapids yesterday.

The Norse fell to T-C Christian last Wednesday, 2-1. They host Charlevoix Saturday and Buckley on Monday.

The Comets are off until Monday when they host another county rival Glen Lake.

— by Amy Hubbell

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