2016-09-15 / Sports

North Bay wins in PKs, gears up for Glen Lake in homecoming special

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


BRETT DYER of North Bay looks to maneuver around Leland’s Isaac Dedenbach last Wednesday in a Northwest Conference showdown at Hancock Field. Leland won the first of two regular season meetings 4-1. Photo: Ron Kramer BRETT DYER of North Bay looks to maneuver around Leland’s Isaac Dedenbach last Wednesday in a Northwest Conference showdown at Hancock Field. Leland won the first of two regular season meetings 4-1. Photo: Ron Kramer All eyes were on Oliver Creamer as the senior center back made his way into the box with a chance to be an early season hero for North Bay.

Creamer was one penalty kick away from sealing a big come-from-behind victory over visiting Benzie Central and standout keeper Isaiah Zeller, who had North Bay’s number for the majority of Monday night’s match.

“I didn’t think I was going to make it,” Creamer said.

He was wrong. Creamer looked left, shot right, beat the keeper and was immediately mobbed by fellow members of a North Bay team (8-4, 1-1 NWC) that still has a shot at the Northwest Conference title this fall.

North Bay players will hope to put on an equally exciting show next Friday, Sept. 23, against visiting Glen Lake under the lights on the Suttons Bay football field. The gridiron will transition into a pitch for the school’s homecoming game in lieu of football.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to host homecoming festivities,” said North Bay coach Tom Spencer. “It should be a big night. Hopefully there’ll be a big crowd.”

It’ll certainly be a big night for Suttons Bay senior quarterback Jack Pasche, who joined the co-operative soccer program after last week’s decision to cancel the football season.

Spencer said he plans to honor Pasche, the football team’s vocal leader, by inserting him into the starting lineup against Glen Lake.

“He’s a pretty solid defender,” Spencer said.

Defense, the strength of North Bay’s lineup, was solid in the team’s 2-1 victory over Benzie on Monday.

North Bay keeper Austin Huck had a pair of crossbars to thank in the 3-1 shootout, however, after the first two Benzie shooters rang iron. Brett Dyer and Jose Garcia buried the first two attempts for North Bay, giving Creamer a chance to be a hero in the fifth round.

Dyer was the hero in the waning moments of regulation, knotting the equalizer with some nifty footwork inside the box. Jesus Calderon assisted on the late tally.

Spencer said the victory was significant, especially after North Bay started league play with a disappointing 4-1 loss at Leland last Wednesday.

“It doesn’t mean as much as a loss would have,” Spencer said. “A loss would have hurt. We didn’t need a setback at this point.”

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Fetterolf nets five as Comets cruise

Noah Fetterolf continued his torrid start to the 2016 season on Monday, scoring five goals in a 9-1 home win over Kingsley.

Hugo Calderon also had a big game for the Comets (5-2, 2-0 NWC) with two goals and two assists. Jack Anhut and Garrison Buta-Scott added one goal and one assist apiece. Chris Ursu had two assists.

“Just about everything clicked for us against Kingsley,” said Leland coach Joe Burda. “Nine goals is a lot, maybe too many, but they came with seven assists — and that is exciting.”

Bredin, Lakers edge Buckley

Glen Bredin scored a pair of goals for Glen Lake on Monday as the Lakers outlasted visiting Buckley in league play, 2-1.

Bredin put Glen Lake (3-3, 2-0 NWC) ahead for good with less than 12 minutes remaining in the second half with his 13th goal of the season.

“We saw amazing defense from center back Aethon Langdon and captain Mike Skipski who came up with some huge defensive stops,” said second-year Glen Lake coach Jason Howes. “Wing backs Ethan Gleason and freshman defender George Slack also played very strong defensive games. Senior keeper Jake Penny (AKA “The Penny Saver”) came up with 18 big saves throughout the match.”

North Bay tops Glen Lake in TC

Glen Lake got its first taste of North Bay in the last of three Traverse City Christian Cup games on Saturday, falling 6-2.

Dyer had a hat trick against the Lakers. Austin John and Eli Kramer added one goal and one assist apiece; Jesus Calderon scored the other. Navneet Dhami added an assist. Bredin scored both goals for Glen Lake.

North Bay went 2-1 in the tournament, losing to Marquette 5-2 and beating Gaylord 2-0. Ethan Sommerfield and Jesus Calderon scored against Marquette; Calderon added an assist, as well. Sommerfield and Garcia scored against Gaylord.

Glen Lake suffered a 2-0 loss to Big Rapids, but notched a 2-1 victory over host Traverse City Christian. Bredin and Tyler Robbins scored.

Lakers down Kingsley in PKs

Glen Lake opened league play with a thrilling 2-1 win at Kingsley last Wednesday, winning a 4-3 shootout.

Bredin, who scored a second-half equalizer to knot the score at 1-1, buried his penalty shot. Gus Slack, Oscar Okerlund and Kian Murphy did the same. A pair of key saves from Penny sealed the victory for Glen Lake.

“The Lakers came into the second half fired up and hungry to find an equalizer,” Howes said. “The team really pulled together in the second half. Passes became quicker, more purposeful, our communication was much better, and as a result, we created an array of scoring opportunities.”

Leland flexes muscle on home turf

The three-time defending conference champion Comets dispatched North Bay with an inspired showing last Wednesday, winning 4-1.

Adam Maleski opened the scoring in the first half before Ursu scored twice to make it a 3-0 affair at halftime. Assists came from Buta-Scott and Fetterolf, who scored Leland’s fourth goal in the second stanza.

“We stepped it up for the North Bay game,” Burda said. “The boys knew they had a target on their back. It’s bigger every season. We played a nice first half and controlled the game. The second half wasn’t our best, but it was enough. We still have a long ways to go, and the guys know it. We are still very happy to come out with a 4-1 win over a tough conference competitor. It was nice to see those first three goals not come from Noah; it shows the other guys can finish, and that will distract attention from Noah later on.”

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