2018-05-03 / Sports

Elk Rapids shuts out Glen Lake, North Bay

Soccer roundup: Osorio nets lone goal as Comets escape Kingsley


ELK RAPIDS soccer players proved they’re primed to three-repeat in the district tournament this year after handing Glen Lake and North Bay 4-0 and 2-0 losses last week, respectively. The Elks, who checked into Week 2 of the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Division 4 rankings at No. 8, are pictured celebrating their 2017 title in Suttons Bay. ELK RAPIDS soccer players proved they’re primed to three-repeat in the district tournament this year after handing Glen Lake and North Bay 4-0 and 2-0 losses last week, respectively. The Elks, who checked into Week 2 of the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association Division 4 rankings at No. 8, are pictured celebrating their 2017 title in Suttons Bay. Tom Spencer’s postgame tone on Tuesday was that of a winner.

“It was awesome,” said Spencer, the North Bay girls soccer coach. “Spectacular play throughout.”

The optimism wasn’t rooted in the thrill of victory, however, but rather a silver lining: His club managed to keep the two-time-defending district champion, No. 8 Elk Rapids, off the board for more than 60 minutes.

Spencer said the Elks finally got past keeper Joan Ogemaw with about 15 minutes to play and walked away with a 2-0 win, but that North Bay (2-3, 2-0 NWC) returned to Leelanau County with a whole lot of confidence.

“Most people would look at how we’ve played so far, and how Elk Rapids has played over the last few years, and count us out,” Spencer said. “I like that. This team has a lot of talent, a lot of potential and a lot of season left to show it.

“Tonight I played 21 girls — I had to; it was hot — and they played their hearts out. They all did their job.”

He lauded defenders Amelia Hall, Sarah Reynolds and Audrey Alflen for their roles in keeping the game close.

He was equally impressed by the play and senior leadership of Ogemaw, who made 16 stops in her 2018 debut.

“She was on it tonight,” Spencer said. “She wanted it, too. She was directing traffic, making saves and leading the team.”

Paige Kohler, who entered the contest with seven goals in four games, nearly put North Bay up 1-0 earlier in the match. Kohler beat the keeper, Spencer said, but a defender cleared the ball before it crossed the goal line.

North Bay had its chances, and it’ll certainly have more as the team cruises through an expedited season and prepares for a field of district foes that currently features two ranked teams.

The other is No. 16 Glen Lake (3-1, 3-0 NWC), which dropped a 4-0 decision at Elk Rapids last Wednesday.

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Quick tally lifts Leland to victory

Mia Osorio’s marker 55 seconds into a match at Kingsley on Monday proved to be the difference as Leland won its long-awaited 2018 debut, 1-0.

“We really shut down their opportunities,” Leland coach Joe Burda said of the defensive showing. “It was a team effort. A lot of girls are playing in new positions and we are really a new team. We were pleased to get a win without really seeing a field this season.”

Jenny Estrada was credited with the shutout in her first career start — which was nearly delayed yet again.

“We limped into Kingsley,” Burda said. “Bus blew a hose out by the Beach Bums ballpark (Wuerfel Park). It was a slow and rocky ride to Kingsley from there. Just another strange happening in the start to this odd season.”

Lakers overcome slow start

Allie Bonzelet and Margot Hazael- Massieux led the way on Monday as Glen Lake beat Benzie by a score of 5-0 for the second time in four days.

“Monday was a different game,” said Glen Lake coach Eric Luthardt, whose club had hosted the Huskies on Friday. “They came out motivated and we were a bit slow to react.”

On Monday, all five goals were scored during a 19-minute span in the second half, Luthardt said.

Bonzelet finished with two goals and one assist; Hazael-Massieux had one goal and two assists. The LaCross sisters, Jen and Karrigan, scored the other goals. Lily Ewing and Grace Fosmore each chipped in with one assist.

North Bay rallies past Kingsley

Paige Kohler scored twice and added an assist in Suttons Bay last Thursday as North Bay willed its way past a pesky Kingsley team, 4-1.

North Bay trailed 1-0 early but managed to net two goals in the first half and two more down the stretch.

“It just wasn’t coming together,” coach Tom Spencer said. “Kingsley was right there the whole time.”

Sydney Deadman and Ciara Glynn also found the back of the net for North Bay. Deadman, Grace McCool and Sarah Reynolds each had one assist.

Defense shines in home opener

Glen Lake’s back line was on its game in Maple City on Friday, limiting Benzie to zero shots in a 5-0 win.

Violet Pousha and Becca Nowicki shared the shutout.

“We had great possession and took a lot of shots, but we couldn’t score,” said coach Eric Luthardt, whose Lakers led 4-0 at halftime. “Credit to their keeper for making a lot of saves.”

Lilie Diotte led the Lakers offensively with a goal and two assists while Allie Bonzelet and Sydney Yeomans tallied two goals apiece. Lily Ewing, Margot Hazael-Massieux and Karrigan LaCross each chipped in with an assist.

Kohler nets 4 in home win

Paige Kohler scored the first four goals of the game last Wednesday as North Bay blew past Benzie, 7-0, in the Village of Suttons Bay.

“She’s playing a lot of midfield instead of striker,” North Bay coach Tom Spencer said of the standout sophomore. “It gives us such a balanced attack. We can come from the right, the left or down the middle now.”

Emily Halverson also had an impressive performance, amassing four assists. The other goals came courtesy of Audrey Alflen, Sydney Deadman and Season Hawkins. Deadman added one assist, as well.

Goalkeepers Joy Ogemaw and Jennifer Calderon shared the shutout.

Elks blank Lakers at home

Olivia Travis scored twice last Wednesday as Elk Rapids topped visiting Glen Lake, 4-0, in a district-final rematch featuring two ranked teams.

The Elks entered the matchup as the district favorite after beating Glen Lake in the 2017 championship, 3-0.

“The first 15 was all them,” Glen Lake coach Eric Luthardt said. “They scored, but after that we had the ball in their end the majority of the time, until the last 10 when I pulled starters who were starting to cramp up. They’re very organized, compact, tough tackling and all their goals came off counter attacks.”

Shelby Scott and Jenna Wilkinson scored the other Elk Rapids goals.

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