2017-05-04 / Sports

Lakers extend unbeaten streak to 12

Soccer roundup
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


MARGOT HAZAEL-MASSIEUX of Glen Lake (17) maneuvers around Emma Adams of Suttons Bay (8) during Monday’s game between the pair of conference rivals. Glen Lake secured the road victory, 6-0. MARGOT HAZAEL-MASSIEUX of Glen Lake (17) maneuvers around Emma Adams of Suttons Bay (8) during Monday’s game between the pair of conference rivals. Glen Lake secured the road victory, 6-0.

A certain Leelanau County soccer team is noticeably absent from the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association (MIHSSCA) Division 4 rankings—but it’s all part of the plan.

“I don’t really get into that too much,” said Glen Lake coach Andy Smith, who hasn’t been sending scores to the MIHSSCA. “A couple years ago we were ranked No. 6 in the state and we hadn’t played anyone worthwhile.”

That Glen Lake team didn’t make it out of the district tournament; this Glen Lake team (11-0-1, 6-0 Northwest) has work to do—but it’s well on its way.

The Lakers continued to cruise through their regular season schedule last week, notching a 4-0 victory over Kingsley and a 3-2 win at Charlevoix before putting on a clinic at Suttons Bay on Monday.


JENNIFER LACROSS (8) notched her second three-assist game of the season in a 6-0 win at Suttons Bay on Monday. JENNIFER LACROSS (8) notched her second three-assist game of the season in a 6-0 win at Suttons Bay on Monday. Big games from Allie Bonzelet and Jennifer LaCross lifted the Lakers to a 6-0 win, their fourth in a row.

“I hope it’s a lesson for us,” said Suttons Bay coach Tom Spencer. “It was a tough loss. We were mentally and physically beat from the opening minutes, and I’m not sure why, but Glen Lake is one heck of a soccer team. They could be the best team in Division 4. They deserved the win, they beat us, but I don’t think we came to play.”

Spencer added: “It looked like we were paper and they were scissors. They went right through us.”

Suttons Bay (5-4-1, 4-3 Northwest) had its hands full with the duo of Bonzelet and LaCross, which finished with four goals and five assists. Bonzelet had a hat trick and two assists; LaCross had a goal and three assists.


GLEN LAKE coach Andy Smith has guided the Lady Lakers to an 11-0-1 start this season. GLEN LAKE coach Andy Smith has guided the Lady Lakers to an 11-0-1 start this season. Lili Kaastra and Mackenzie Steele found the back of the net for Glen Lake, as well.

“We were able to show just how much we’ve progressed,” said Smith, referencing the team’s 2-0 win over Suttons Bay on April 10. “The girls understand we’re at a good moment and, as long as we keep progressing, that moment should progress with us.”

Postseason aspirations aside, Glen Lake remains on the fast track to win the Greater Northwest Conference championship this spring.

The only team within striking distance is Leland (6-4-1, 4-1 Northwest), a team Glen Lake beat 1-0 on April 24.

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

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Mollie Grishaw and Rowan Wilson scored two goals apiece on Monday as Leland beat visiting Benzie 4-2.

“Mollie and Rowan had a couple nice finishes, and a couple other girls drew quality opportunities but did not finish,” Leland coach Joe Burda said. “But at least we are creating chances.”

Wilson opened the scoring in the first half, then doubled the Leland lead early in the second. Grishaw, who assisted on one of Wilson’s goals, put the game away late with her 16th and 17th tallies of the season. Gigi Anhut assisted on one of Grishaw’s goals.

Leland was slated to host Kingsley at Hancock Field last night.

Glen Lake escapes Charlevoix

Glen Lake overcame its first halftime deficit of the season at Charlevoix on Friday en route to a 3-2 victory.

The Rayders led 2-1 at the break.

“Charlevoix has got some speed and some talent,” Glen Lake coach Andy Smith said. “It was fun playing against them. They were quite a strong team. They gave us a terrific first half, but we were able to counter what they were doing and came out on top.”

Lili Kaastra, Allie Bonzelet and Karrigan LaCross scored for Glen Lake, respectively. Bonzelet and Kaastra added one assist apiece.

Suttons Bay blows out Benzie

Sydney Deadman supplied a hat trick last Wednesday as Suttons Bay secured a 7-1 win at Benzie.

“We came to play,” said Suttons Bay coach Tom Spencer. “We connected and things were working. We were firing on all cylinders.”

Deadman added one assist in the victory. Paige Kohler added two goals and one assist; Joan Ogemaw had one goal and one assist; Leilani DeFoe had the other goal; Emily Halverson and Grace McKillip had one assist apiece.

DeFoe and Ogemaw both spent one half in net for Suttons Bay.

Glen Lake gets past Kingsley

Karrigan LaCross scored twice last Wednesday as the Glen Lake girls cruised past Kingsley at home, 4-0.

“We were able to execute the game plan, move the ball around and find the back of the net when we had opportunities,” said Lakers coach Andy Smith.

Allie Bonzelet and Jennifer LaCross added one goal and one assist apiece in the victory, Glen Lake’s second against Kingsley in as many tries this spring.

The Lakers beat the Stags in overtime on April 10.

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