2017-06-01 / Sports

Graf, Elks net nine goals in Suttons Bay

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

HALEY TARSA (7) clears a ball from the Suttons Bay zone on Tuesday during a district quarterfinal matchup with visiting Elk Rapids. HALEY TARSA (7) clears a ball from the Suttons Bay zone on Tuesday during a district quarterfinal matchup with visiting Elk Rapids. Suttons Bay soccer coach Tom Spencer knew he had to think outside the box to hang with No. 7 Elk Rapids in the opening round of the District 64 Tournament on Tuesday—so he stuck his leading scorer inside the box.

Spencer’s plan to start sophomore standout Sydney Deadman at goalie and roll out a 3-3-1 defensive formation paid off for the first 15 minutes of the match, but it wasn’t enough.

“We had chances early on,” Spencer said. “We scared them. We were bending and not breaking—but when they scored, they scored.”

The defending district champions opened the floodgates, scoring seven unanswered goals en route to a 9-1 win.

Natalie Graf led the offensive outburst with four goals and two assists.

The Lady Norse (12-8-2) made it 7-1 on an unassisted tally from Paige Kohler with about two minutes left to play, but the late marker prompted Elk Rapids coach Andrea Krakow to send in her top gunners and mercy Spencer’s club before time expired.

“I’m proud of the girls,” said Spencer, who will bring back all but two starters in 2018. “We had a good year. We ended up in a three-way tie for second place in the league and we had some great moments. We couldn’t get over that hump, but we were young. We’ve got some experience now.”

Suttons Bay, which will officially be known as North Bay United in 2018, figures to be a force in the Northwest Conference next season.

The same can be said of Spencer’s top scorers, Deadman and Kohler. The underclassmen scored 27 and 16 goals, respectively.

Emily Halverson, a freshman, will also be back after leading the Lady Norse with 10 assists this season. Glen Lake’s Allie Bonzelet, who has 26 goals and 12 assists, is the only Leelanau County player with more.

“All of our goalies are back, too,” Spencer said of the expected 2018 roster. “The future is bright for this team, but it’s a tough loss for our seniors.”

Spencer pulled all five of his active seniors—Manmeet Dhami, Autumn Kwiatkowski, Paty Nuno, Kelsey Pease and Haley Tarsa—from the match with about 10 minutes to play.

Their leadership was key in year one of the new three-school setup, which added Northport to the mix this year.

Above all, Spencer said he’s proud of his players for their willingness to share minutes and play as a team.

“Everybody that was at a match this year played,” Spencer said. “If we had 27, all 27 played. Tonight, we had 23. All 23 played, and played a lot.”


Rams roll past Comets

A five-goal outburst in the second half helped No. 6 Harbor Springs push Leland’s losing streak to eight at Hancock Field on Friday.

Leland sophomore Mollie Grishaw scored her 20th goal of the season on a penalty kick in the first half to keep the score close, but it was all Harbor Springs from there. Maddie Bezilla and Madeline McShannock scored two goals apiece for the Lady Rams.

Only one other team had managed to score seven goals on the Comets this season. Visiting Muskegon Catholic Central beat the Comets 7-0 on May 6.

Bulldogs, Norse play to tie

Sydney Deadman scored two second half goals to help visiting Suttons Bay salvage a 2-2 tie against the Traverse City Bulldog Athletic Association last Thursday.

The Bulldogs, who went 2-1 against county teams this year, led 2-0 at halftime before Deadman found the back of the net for the 26th and 27th time in an impressive sophomore season.

Ladida Cuellar assisted on one goal.

Cadillac blanks Glen Lake

Glen Lake coach Andy Smith wanted tough teams prior to tournament time, and that’s exactly what he got.

Cadillac handed the visiting Lady Lakers a third straight loss last Wednesday, cruising to a 5-0 victory.

The Lakers, who opened the 2017 campaign with a 14-0-1 record, closed out their regular season with back-toback to-back shutout losses. The team suffered a 3-0 defeat at No. 7 Elk Rapids on May 17 and a 6-0 loss to visiting Seaholm on May 20.

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