2013-09-26 / Sports

Comets streaking toward another Great NW title

By Amy Hubbell Of The Enterprise staff


SENIOR DEFENSEMAN Gerald Brow of Glen Lake takes the ball down the sidelines in the match against Suttons Bay on Tuesday. The Great Northwest Conference match ended in a scoreless tie. SENIOR DEFENSEMAN Gerald Brow of Glen Lake takes the ball down the sidelines in the match against Suttons Bay on Tuesday. The Great Northwest Conference match ended in a scoreless tie. Leland is atop the Great Northwest Conference soccer standings, unbeaten at the league’s midpoint.

A second-straight league title is far from a sure thing, but it’s looking good after a 5-0 start.

Glen Lake is 4-2-1 after victories over Benzie Central and a scoreless tie Tuesday against Suttons Bay. And the Bay, disappointed after the second tie in its past four outings, is looking to regroup Tuesday when they host the Comets.

Leland notched its fifth conference victory over Buckley last Thursday 5-0 and went on to top Traverse City Christian Monday, 4-2. The Sabres, a longtime nemesis in the conference, is no longer a league member.

Cam Stowe had a hat trick and an assist against the Bears. Noah Fetterolf had a goal an assistant and Omar Roman recorded his own marker.


SUTTONS BAY keeper Aaron Orban makes a save in traffic as Laker Cadeem Brown charges the net. SUTTONS BAY keeper Aaron Orban makes a save in traffic as Laker Cadeem Brown charges the net. Leland, which led 3-0 at intermission, out-shot the Bears 9-1 in the win.

Mike Farese and Devon Kleinschmit shared duties in net.

The Comets, who played at TC Christian, scored midway through the first half. Fetterolf tapped in the equalizer resulting from a scrum in front of the net.

In the second half, Leland’s Henrik Ohr went on the offensive, scoring three goals. He fooled the keeper to one direction and buried the ball in the opposite corner with 18 minutes remaining. Five minutes later, Ohr scored a second time assisted by Cam Stowe. He finished the hat trick with a goal served up by Osorio.

Christian scored with three minutes remaining on a free kick.

“It was good to see the guys pull it together and earn a victory coming from behind,” Leland coach Joe Burda said. “We have not done well with that in years past.”


GLEN LAKE’S Reiss Skrocki, center, tries to get a foot on the ball as Suttons Bay players Logan Mikesell (13) and Wayne VanFraley try to stop him Tuesday. GLEN LAKE’S Reiss Skrocki, center, tries to get a foot on the ball as Suttons Bay players Logan Mikesell (13) and Wayne VanFraley try to stop him Tuesday. Burda said the entire team contributed to the TC “W.”

“Austin Fellows, Jamie Brubaker, Clarke Morgan, and Omar Roman had fantastic games in the back field,” Burda said. “Cam and Tony Mosqueda won the middle of the field for us in the second half.”

The victory marked the first time that the Comets had come away with a regular season win over the Sabres.

“We have beaten T-C Christian in the T-C Cup tournament that they host, but never in a regular season game. It was great to get that one off our backs,” Burda said.

Today 11-2 Leland hosts a young and feisty Glen Lake squad which appears to be peaking as the regular season winds down.

Meanwhile, Suttons Bay is hoping to get back on the winning track.

“For the second straight game we were playing without one of our strongest middle defenders,” Suttons Bay coach Tom Spencer said. “We made some adjustments to the back line, pulling guys back that would normally attack a lot more.”

Nonetheless the Norse were able to generate some good chances, including a header by Chris Jasinski off the top of the cross bar in the final minutes.

The tie follows a 6-2 loss to Charlevoix on Saturday.

Charlevoix struck first, then Suttons Bay tied the score. The Red Rayders then scored four unanswered goals.

“We played well but ran into a good Charlevoix team,” Spencer said. “In fact, their coach indicated it was their best game of the season.”

Goals were scored by Shane Francis on a penalty kick and Jason Winowiecki. Scout Finch played the last 20 minutes in goal and made three saves while keeping them off the board.

A little closer to home, the Norse topped Northport 3-1, last Thursday.

Evan Busby had two goals for Suttons Bay which led 1-0 at halftime. Eli Kramer also scored.

Orban played on the field in the second half and picked up two assists.

“We really carried play well,” Spencer said. “It was nice to get the win.”

Hanen Dean scored Northport’s only goal. Jacob Brown turned away 25 in goal for the Wildcats. Andy Sleder and Anthony Driver had strong games, coach Marshall Collins said.

Northport also fell to McBain NMC 3-1 Friday. Dean was again the lone Wildcat scorer. Ethan Pino, Fabian Hernandez and Austin Huck were credited with impressive performances.

Brown posted 32 saves in goal.

Northport (1-11-1) are hoping for a second season win today against Buckley or Saturday when the Wildcats host Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christianina2p.m.homecoming match.

After a “very average” first 25 minutes last Thursday, Glen Lake turned it up a notch to top Benzie Central 2-1, coach Gavin Richmond said.

“We suddenly got the ball down, passed it and looked like a different team,” Richmond said.

The Lakers created several good chances with Riley Scanlon linking up with Glen Bredin to chip the out-rushing keeper to put us 1-0 up at the break. The second half also began brightly for the Lakers, but they couldn’t convert possession superiority into goals. Both teams huffed and puffed until midway through the half when Glen Lake’s Riley Scanlon finished from close range after good work out wide from Reiss Skrocki.

Benzie managed to put in a late consolation after some poor decisions at the back from us, which left us with a tricky last minute to maneuver.

“Not all victories can be easy on the eye,” Richmond said.

Leland will also travel to Suttons Bay Tuesday. The Norse will be at Benzie today and travel to T-C Christian Friday.

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