2017-06-29 / Sports

Bonzelet, Lakers lead Leelanau’s all-star team

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

Allie Bonzelet and the Glen Lake girls soccer team didn’t mess around in conference play this season.

The Lady Lakers, who shared the 2015 and 2016 championships with Leland, steamrolled league opponents to the tune of a perfect 8-0 record — and won by a combined score of 34-3.

Up top, Bonzelet’s play had a lot to do with it. The junior forward racked up 26 goals and 12 assists in her first 18 games as the Lady Lakers put together a record of 15-1-2. She scored at least one goal in all 18 of those games.

“I wasn’t even aware of it,” said Bonzelet, who has now amassed 66 career goals and 99 career points. “Most of that was my teammates. They know where to put the ball.”

Leelanau County soccer coaches and the Enterprise sports staff took note of Bonzelet’s performance on the pitch this season, tabbing the talented goalscorer as the 2017 Enterprise Girls Soccer Dream Team MVP this week.

Bonzelet, who helped guide Glen Lake (16-5-2, 8-0) to the district final, is one of five Lakers on the peninsula’s 11-player all-star team — and the only third-year honoree.

Another repeat selection set up shop between the pipes for Glen Lake: senior keeper Stephanie Purifoy, who posted 12 clean sheets this spring.

Purifoy deflects credit to backline players like Noelle Alonzi, Gillian Gardner and Irma Howard.

Howard, a senior, also captured the attention of opposing coaches in the county, securing her first career Dream Team designation. She helped anchor a defensive unit that allowed just 30 goals all season.

“She’s a rock,” Purifoy said.

Two offensive weapons round out Glen Lake’s list of all-county performers: senior forward Annabel Skrocki and junior mid Jennifer LaCross.

Skrocki, a member of the 2016 Dream Team, opened the season with a hat trick in a 6-0 home win over Manistee before finishing an injury-shortened season with six goals and two assists. LaCross, who had three assists in the opener, had 10 goals and eight assists.

“I’m happy with where we ended up,” Skrocki said of the season.

The only other all-county returner is a representative from Suttons Bay: sophomore forward Sydney Deadman.

Deadman led Leelanau County (12-8-2, 4-4) with 27 goals and added nine assists despite spending many of her minutes as the Suttons Bay keeper.

Fellow Suttons Bay underclassman, freshman forward Paige Kohler, joins her on the all-county team after putting up 14 goals and eight assists this year.

Senior midfielder Haley Tarsa, a St. Mary student, also made the cut after racking up eight goals and eight assists.

“One of the most coachable kids I’ve ever had,” Norse coach Tom Spencer said of Tarsa, who hopes to play club soccer at Grand Valley State this fall.

Leland (7-13-1, 4-4) certainly had its ups and downs this season, but the consistent play of junior mid Rowan Wilson helped keep the team in games.

Wilson finished with 12 goals and four assists this season.

“Younger kids had to step up and we had to play as more of a team instead of having one player carry the weight on her shoulders,” Wilson said. “Overall, we all stepped it up and worked really hard to make it a team-oriented game.”

Two sophomore defenders, Grace Noorman and Talia Yaakoby, also made the cut for their fine play on the back line. The Comets posted four shutouts this spring, giving up 55 goals.

Dream Team by Position:

• Four forwards
• Three midfielders
• Three defenders
• One goalie

Dream Team by Team:

• Five from Glen Lake
• Three from Leland
• Three from Suttons Bay

2016 Dream Team:

• Bonzelet
• Deadman
• Purifoy
• Skrocki
• Madison Alonzi (Glen Lake)
• Jasmin Denny (Northport)
• Mollie Grishaw (Leland)
• Alex LaCross (Glen Lake)
• Libby Munoz (Leland) MVP
• Maddie Parker (Northport)
• Katia Skarupinski (Leland)
• Samara Slocombe (Suttons Bay)

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