2018-04-26 / Sports

Six second-half goals lift Glen Lake past Kingsley

Bonzelet nets 3, new coach nabs career win No. 1
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


KARRIGAN LaCROSS (27) of Glen Lake is pictured in the 2017 District 64 final alongside Amanda Trierweiler (4) of Elk Rapids. The Lady Lakers, who opened the 2018 season with a 6-0 win at Kingsley on Monday, lost to the Elks 3-0 in the 2017 title game but had a shot at revenge in Elk Rapids after press time last night. KARRIGAN LaCROSS (27) of Glen Lake is pictured in the 2017 District 64 final alongside Amanda Trierweiler (4) of Elk Rapids. The Lady Lakers, who opened the 2018 season with a 6-0 win at Kingsley on Monday, lost to the Elks 3-0 in the 2017 title game but had a shot at revenge in Elk Rapids after press time last night. Allie Bonzelet and her Glen Lake teammates made mincemeat of league opponents last season. The Lady Lakers posted a plus-31 goal differential en route to an 8-0 record in conference play.

Kingsley put the kibosh on the slicing and dicing in the first half of Glen Lake’s 2018 debut on Monday, however. The score was deadlocked at zeros through 40 minutes — and Bonzelet, who was tabbed as Leelanau County’s top player in 2017, wasn’t happy.

“She took charge,” first-year coach Eric Luthardt said. “She told everyone to play their game. The first half was very nervy. The field was rough, and we looked rough. The ball was bouncing, and a lot of passes were hit too hard and going out of bounds. The second half, the field didn’t seem so bouncy and the girls weren’t so tired. A lot more quick passes. Much better movement. Much more controlled.”


LADS CUELLAR moves the ball on Tuesday in a North Bay scrimmage against Buckley’s club team in the Village of Suttons Bay. North Bay standout Sydney Deadman found the back of the net three times, coach Tom Spencer said, as North Bay (0-2) outscored Buckley 3-1 during the scrimmage. Photo: Ron Kramer LADS CUELLAR moves the ball on Tuesday in a North Bay scrimmage against Buckley’s club team in the Village of Suttons Bay. North Bay standout Sydney Deadman found the back of the net three times, coach Tom Spencer said, as North Bay (0-2) outscored Buckley 3-1 during the scrimmage. Photo: Ron Kramer The bit of senior leadership went a long way.

A second-half hat trick from Bonzelet and a big game from Margot Hazael-Massieux propelled the Lakers to their first win of the season, 6-0, and the first win of Luthardt’s tenure.

“It was all teamwork and passing,” Bonzelet said. “That’s just how we play soccer.”

The scoresheet showed an equally impressive performance from Hazael- Massieux. Hazael-Massieux set up Sydney Yeomans for the first goal, scored the second on an assist from Jen LaCross and assisted on the third, which came courtesy of Bonzelet.

Luthardt was impressed.

“She was dangerous the whole game,” he said.

Yeomans set up Bonzelet for the team’s fourth goal before Lilie Diotte delivered her first goal of the season — a beauty from outside the box, Luthardt said — on an assist from Kylie Hendershot. Millie Foglesong was credited with an assist on Glen Lake’s final tally, Bonzelet’s third.

“I saw the light,” said Luthardt, who had become all too familiar with Glen Lake’s gymnasium over the past few weeks. “The things I saw in the gym, the connection, I saw that in the second half. People were on the same page, played as a team, acted as a team and defended as a team. All the moving pieces were coming together.”

Hannah Nowicki posted the clean sheet, making six saves.

Though the backline stood tall, Kingsley had its chances. The Stags nearly scored on a breakaway and rang a shot off the post.

“They had some pretty good players,” Luthardt said.

Luthardt likely had a good feel for Kingsley’s talent well before kickoff, however. His assistant coach this season is former Kingsley assistant Jared Boynton, who took over the Glen Lake boys soccer program last fall with help from his assistant, Luthardt.

Luthardt said he plans to serve as Boynton’s assistant again this fall.

“I hadn’t been that nervous before a game in a long time,” Luthardt said. “It’s great to get the first game out of the way and actually see how the players play outside versus a good opponent.”

Another good opponent, reigning district champion Elk Rapids, was slated to host Glen Lake after press time last night.

The Elks blanked Glen Lake in districts last year, 3-0.

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