2017-04-27 / Sports

Soccer roundup: Late tally lifts Lakers past Comets

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


ALLIE BONZELET (10) celebrates with Glen Lake teammate Margot Hazael-Massieux (17) after scoring the game-winning goal in the second half of a 1-0 victory over visiting Leland on Monday. ALLIE BONZELET (10) celebrates with Glen Lake teammate Margot Hazael-Massieux (17) after scoring the game-winning goal in the second half of a 1-0 victory over visiting Leland on Monday. One of the county’s fiercest rivalries lived up to its billing on Monday.

Allie Bonzelet found the back of the net with 17:09 remaining in the second half, Stephanie Purifoy posted her sixth clean sheet of the season, and the Glen Lake girls grabbed sole possession of first place in the Northwest Conference with a 1-0 win over visiting Leland.

“It was a typical Glen Lake-Leland game,” Glen Lake coach Andy Smith said after the match.

That said, the early season showdown between co-conference champions didn’t come close to matching the offensive fireworks in their last league contest—a 4-3 thriller in which former Leland star Libby Munoz set the MHSAA girls record for career goals.


LELAND SOPHOMORE Mollie Grishaw (11) looks for space on Monday in the second half on a 1-0 loss at Glen Lake. Pictured giving chase is Glen Lake’s Gillian Gardner (6). LELAND SOPHOMORE Mollie Grishaw (11) looks for space on Monday in the second half on a 1-0 loss at Glen Lake. Pictured giving chase is Glen Lake’s Gillian Gardner (6). The majority of Monday’s match was played in the middle portion of the pitch as girls battled for possession at seemingly every turn.

Neither team appeared to dictate play, although the Glen Lake stat sheet showed the Lady Lakers owned a 25-3 advantage in shots on goal.

The team’s lone tally was the result of a well-placed cross from Sydney Yeomans. The right-to-left offering sailed into traffic, took a favorable bounce and found the foot of Bonzelet—the only county player with a goal in every game this season.

Bonzelet’s goal, her 13th, was anything but a fluke to her head coach.

“We talk about getting the cross and finding people inside the box,” Smith said. “We had two people there, which created some chaos for the goalie.”

Glen Lake (8-0-1, 4-0 Northwest) has created chaos better than any team in the league so far in 2017, outscoring opponents 32-7 through nine games.

Senior Annie Lively said she’s not surprised by the fast start.

“I saw this coming from the beginning with these freshmen coming in,” Lively said. “This is exactly what I was expecting. We just want to keep rolling with the Ws.”

The Comets (5-4-1, 3-1 Northwest), meanwhile, have continued to make strides since taking a 3-0 loss to Glen Lake in the Hart Tournament championship on April 15.

“A near perfect effort,” Leland coach Joe Burda said of Monday’s defeat. “We matched up very well and made one mistake—settling a ball in front of our own goal—and they capitalized as a good team should.”

The teams will meet again at Hancock Field in Leland on May 10.

MORE SOCCER

Lady Norse right the ship

Sydney Deadman and Haley Tarsa supplied two goals apiece on Monday as Suttons Bay snapped a three-game slide with a 5-2 win at Kingsley.

“We had some brilliant moments,” Suttons Bay coach Tom Spencer said.

The Lady Norse (4-3-1, 2-2 Northwest) opened up a 3-0 lead following goals from Deadman, Paige Kohler and Tarsa, respectively. Kingsley closed the gap in the second half, but Deadman and Tarsa delivered a pair of daggers and lifted the Norse to their first true road win of the season.

Spencer had high praise for Tarsa and fellow holding midfielder Emily Halverson, who had two assists.

“That’s where the game was won,” Spencer said.

Deadman added an assist in the victory while Grace McCool and Grace McKillip added one assist apiece.

Lakers nearly knock off Alpena

The Glen Lake girls led four times but were unable to finish off visiting Alpena on Friday, playing the Division 1 visitors to a 4-4 draw.

“It was good to play against a Class A Division 1 team,” Glen Lake coach Andy Smith said. “We got to see some higher-level play—but we, for the most part, were in control of the game.”

The Lady Lakers held leads of 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, and 4-3 but couldn’t put the Wildcats away. Alpena’s Anna Young scored her second goal, the fourth and final equalizer, with less than two minutes remaining in the second half.

Lili Kaastra scored the first two goals for Glen Lake before Jennifer LaCross and Allie Bonzelet, who assisted on Kaastra’s first goal, scored in the second half.

Elk Rapids rolls past Leland

Leland had a chance to exact revenge in a rematch of last year’s District 63 final last week—but was overmatched.

Elk Rapids, which has since moved up to No. 6 in the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Division 4 rankings, handed Leland a 6-0 defeat at Hancock Field on Friday.

“We hung around for awhile,” coach Joe Burda said. “We got tired late, they sensed blood and put us away.”

The Elks beat Leland 8-0 in last year’s district title game before finishing their season with a 1-0 loss to Montrose in the regional final.

Leland wins big at Suttons Bay

Mollie Grishaw’s third hat trick of the season lifted Leland to a 6-1 home win over Suttons Bay last Wednesday.

“They came after us from the getgo,” Suttons Bay coach Tom Spencer said of the Comets.

Grishaw opened the scoring about six minutes into the match before Gigi Anhut doubled the Leland lead later in the first half. Anhut, Delaney Drake and Rowan Wilson supplied one goal and one assist in the victory. Grishaw had one assist, as well. Haley Tarsa tallied the lone goal for Suttons Bay on an assist from Emily Halverson.

The teams will meet again in Suttons Bay on May 8.

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