2017-08-24 / Sports

Soccer roundup: West transfer lifts Leland to 3-0 start

Comets cruise at TC Christian as newcomer tallies hat trick
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor

Dawn Lund wanted a birthday goal — and her son did not disappoint.

Lund was all smiles at Keystone Soccer Complex on Tuesday after her son, Cobe Lund, put together a four-point performance in an 8-0 Leland win over Traverse City Christian.

“She was really happy about that,” Cobe Lund said shortly after completing a hat trick and ending the match on a free kick with 32 seconds remaining.

The Traverse City West transfer put Leland on the board less than two minutes into the first half, assisted on an Adam Maleski marker to open the second half and showcased his speed by beating a pair of defenders for his second goal of the game shortly thereafter.

The fleet-footed junior striker and attacking mid garnered high praise from former Leland star Mike Osorio and others before the season — and it seems the preseason hype was on point. Through three games, Cobe Lund has six goals and an assist.

“It’s a great group of guys,” he said of his new teammates. “It’s fun putting plays together with them and getting the result.”

The Comets (3-0, 0-0 Northwest) sizzled in the second half against the Sabres largely as a result of their ball control in the attacking third. Leland players tip-toed near the goal line, scored from sharp angles and demonstrated a willingness to spread the ball around.

Jack Munoz and Nick Saffell joined Lund, Maleski and Chris Ursu, who scored twice, in the goal column. Andre Masse assisted on two goals; Maleski added an assist.

“It took us awhile to start clicking, but they pushed through it,” Leland coach Joe Burda said of the 2-0 halftime score. “I think we were playing too hard to have that close of a game, but we were getting opportunities in front of the net. It was nice in the last 25-30 minutes to see us finally finish those.”

Burda also lauded his back line, which contributed to a 16-0 advantage in shots. The shutout was a third straight for keeper Andy Mosqueda.

“We’re putting some emphasis on giving up fewer shots and making it easy on Andy back there,” Burda said.

Mosqueda was still involved in the game, however, as Burda summoned his netminder to take a penalty kick in the second half.

The shot was turned aside.

The Comets return to action in today against visiting Muskegon Catholic Central.

North Bay starts strong at home

A pair of goals from Ethan Pino on Tuesday propelled North Bay to a 4-0 season-opening win over visiting Kalkaska in Northport.

Brett Dyer and Ethan Sommerfield joined Pino on the score sheet with one goal and one assist apiece. Jose Garcia and Navneet Dhami each had an assist.

“Kalkaska is a very tough opponent,” North Bay coach Tom Spencer said. “They are very fast and tireless and were in the game from the beginning to the end. I look for Kalkaska to turn some heads again this year. Wes (Bassett) is building a strong program, but we have a lot of firepower this year. We simply had too much for them.”

Spencer said North Bay had strong defensive efforts from Garcia, Austin John, Liam Thelander and Andrew Tondreau. Austin Huck had the shutout.

North Bay returns to action tonight at Charlevoix.

Lund, Comets win home invite

An unassisted tally from Cobe Lund on Saturday lifted Leland past Cadillac 1-0 in the Boynton Invitational championship game.

“Cobe showed great effort on Saturday as did the rest of the guys,” Leland coach Joe Burda said. “Most of our goals hopefully come from being in the right place, right time.

Cobe found those times and places.”

Lund also scored twice as the Comets began their season with a 6-0 first-round win over Charlevoix.

Garret Buta-Scott, Hank Guest, Adam Maleski and Nick Saffell found the back of the net, as well. Buta-Scott and Saffell supplied one assist apiece.

Andy Mosqueda recorded the shutouts.

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