2018-06-28 / Sports

Bonzelet, Glen Lake highlight Soccer Dream Team

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff

Every soccer team needs those players that will be able to score goals and make big plays on the field.

These ladies led their teams to the best of their abilities, and earned themselves a spot on the Dream Team.

Glen Lake (8-6-1, 7-0-1 conference) graduates three seniors that were really key in the years the four year run of conference championships.

Allie Bonzelet, Jennifer LaCross and Irma Howard have left their mark on Glen Lake, and leave four-time Northwest Conference Champions.

“The seniors were a blast to play with,” Karrigan LaCross said. “They always pushed us to do better, and will be missed next year.”

The one team that has always gave Glen Lake a fight has been Leland over the past few years.

“For the past four years, it’s always been a close game with Leland,” Bonzelet said. “We always go back and forth.”

As well as Leland, another rival team of the Lakers is Traverse City St. Francis. The games between Glen Lake and the Glads always seem to go down to the wire.

“I think the biggest rival is St. Francis,” Dream teamer Hazael- Massieux said. “Even though they aren’t a conference team we play, it’s still a big game.”

Joining these athletes on the Dream Team from Glen Lake are sophomores Karrigan LaCross, and Grace Murray. These three have had strong seasons for the Lakers, just like the seniors have had great careers.

“I thought this season went very well,” Murray said. “It was great being able to play with the seniors who are leaving, and new players who joined the team.”

North Bay (10-5-4) was led in most part by senior Sarah Reynolds, as well as sophomore Paige Kohler and junior Sydney Deadman. With all the snow at the beginning of the season, the soccer season was cut short for most teams.

KARRIGAN LACROSS (left) tries to keep the ball away from Leland's Erin Spencer in a make up game May 21. KARRIGAN LACROSS (left) tries to keep the ball away from Leland's Erin Spencer in a make up game May 21. “The season went by too fast,” Reynolds said. “It was definitely still one of my favorite soccer seasons.”

Coach Tom Spencer raved about his senior, and said she was a team player that gave her all for the team.

“If team player was in Webster and anyone could find a dictionary, her picture would be there,” Spencer said. “She defines a team player.”

It was a slow start for the team, but they were able to turn it around during the season.

“We started off the season slow, but we got things going,” Deadman said. “We were right there for the Conference title.”

Leland (4-8-2) was led by senior Rowan Wilson and junior Allie Martin. Leland had many new players to the team, and had players at positions they had not played before.

“We had an interesting season,” Wilson said. “Lots of odds and ends to fill so there were a number of players who were not in a position that they had normally played before. Overall, I had a great time and a super fun last season.”

Just like everyone else, the season was shorter due to the weather, so the team had to learn about their new positions on the fly. Martin missed last season, but was able to pick up just where she left off, and then some.

“Despite our season being short, I believe that we accomplished a lot in the time we were given,” Martin said. “I can’t wait for next season.”

Six players from Glen Lake
Three players from North Bay
Two players from Leland
Five forwards
Four midfielders
Two defenders

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