2013-04-18 / Sports

Suttons Bay girls get their kickstart at Ludington Invitational

It appears the only way county girls’ soccer teams can get a match in is to travel downstate.

Suttons Bay wet their feet Saturday on the road at the Ludington Invitational.

“It was very, very special to play on a mostly dry field and no snow on the ground,” coach Tom Spencer said. “We had just snowflakes and lots of wind. We were thrilled to get outside and play, even though we placed all three games with just 11 players available.”

The Norse fell to Ludington in the opener 3-0. The Orioles, who had already played four contests this season, scored their final goal on a penalty shot.

Suttons Bay second match against Mason County Eastern ended in a 1-1 tie. The teams were scoreless until the final minute of play when Eastern got on the board. The Norse answered with a goal of their own 30 seconds later scored by Rachel Pasche, assisted by Dani Merwin.

In their third game, Suttons Bay came from behind twice to tie (from 1-0 and 2-1) only to lose on a penalty kick with 5 minutes left. Merwin and Sethe Zachman had goals and assists with nice passes from Mariah Belluominj and Emily Beyer.

Irene Prado was in goal for the first time after major knee surgery.

“I was very pleased with how the girls played,” Spencer said. “They exceeded my expectation given all the gym practices we’ve had and playing all three contests without a single sub.”

The Norse were scheduled to be at Kingsley yesterday and host a Traverse City home schooled team Friday, weather permitting. Then next week, they are scheduled to host county rivals Leland and Glen Lake, who have yet to begin the 2013 season.

Leland’s April 8 match versus Burt Lake North Michigan Christian Academy was cancelled as was a tournament Saturday at Houghton Lake. The Comets’ first conference match Monday against Glen Lake was postponed and the Lakers first contests, April 9 versus Manistee and April 11 at Cadillac were called for weather.

Glen Lake was scheduled to be at Benzie Central yesterday and Leland at East Jordan ... weather permitting.

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