2018-08-23 / Sports

Leland strong at Boynton Invitational

LIAM THELANDER (No. 5) tries to take the ball away from Nate Ball in the game between North Bay and Leland. Photo: Laura Miller LIAM THELANDER (No. 5) tries to take the ball away from Nate Ball in the game between North Bay and Leland. Photo: Laura Miller Soccer season kicked off on Hancock field.

Leland hosted its annual Boynton Tournament, and the Comets were joined by North Bay for the opening of the boys soccer season.

“This is an annual tournament we do at the beginning of the year,” Leland coach Joe Burda said. “The best part of the tournament was when the boys recognized we were not our best versus Cadillac.”

The Comets opened with an 8-0 victory against North Bay. Cobe Lund scored two goals and earned two assists. Nick Saffell added three goals, Andre Masse scored two goals and Jesus Calderon added a goal and an assist.

Jayden Holston earned three assists and Jack Munoz added an assist against North Bay. Goal keeping was shared between Gavin Miller and Andy Mosqueda.

GLEN LAKE goalkeeper Christian Barber rolls the ball to his teammates during the first home game against McBain. GLEN LAKE goalkeeper Christian Barber rolls the ball to his teammates during the first home game against McBain. Leland fell to Cadillac 2-0, which went undefeated in the tournament.

“They (the Comets) realized that they can’t afford to take even 10 to 15 minutes off,” Burda said. “It’s a game changer, and cost us our own championship trophy.”

Leland came back from the loss and defeated Harbor Springs 7-0 to finish the tournament and start the season 2-1.

Lund scored four goals and Saffell added two goals with an assist. Masse scored the other goal for Leland, and Munoz and Calderon added one goal and two assists respectively.

“Jayden Holston was a bright spot on the day, providing some nice minutes for his first time out on the varsity level,” Burda said. “Cobe and Nick had good offensive days, but they were set up from the midfield.

15 goals with 11 assists is a nice percentage that hopefully we can replicate each week.”

Burda also said the watermelon between matches helped the team recover and stay ready for the next game. Leland will stay home to host Charlevoix today at 5 p.m.

North Bay struggles at Invitational

North Bay coach Tom Spencer said his schedule was going to be tough at the beginning of the season.

The Norsemen struggled at the Boynton Invitational, losing to Leland, Harbor Springs and Cadillac.

Leland shutout North Bay, 8-0 then Harbor Springs took game two against North Bay, 3-1. Ethan Sommerfield scored the lone unassisted goal for North Bay.

“No doubt our best soccer was played against Harbor Springs,” Spencer said. “We outplayed them despite playing with 10 players, due to a red card.

We couldn’t finish our chances, and all three of their goals were gifts from us.”

North Bay played Cadillac tough, but the game was abandoned 11 minutes in, when the Norsemen were down to just nine eligible and uninjured players. The team started the day with 15 players.

The official score said that Cadillac defeated North Bay, 1-0, and North Bay starts the season off 0-3 in their tough competition.

“I am very happy we three games under out belt,” Spencer said. “We improved in each contest and that should continue.

We’ve been missing a few players this summer, and the playing time 15 boys got on Saturday will pay dividends. It’s going to be a few weeks before we can start to see what kind of team we can become.”

North Bay also matched up last night against Harbor Springs again, but the game was played after press time.

Glen Lake wins home opener

Glen Lake opened its season at home on Tuesday with a match by beating McBain.

Five minutes into the game, a Glen Lake player collided with the McBain goalie, and the goalie had to leave due to injury.

Glen Lake took to the offensive, and Brynn Fisher scored the only goal of the first half with a crossing pass from Henry Plumstead. The Comets tied the game with a goal in the second half, but Brady McDonough took a long pass from JD Willey for the go ahead goal with 18 minutes left in regulation.

“Huge praise goes out to the back four: JD Willey, Tyler Robbins, George Slack and Jackson Zywicki,” Glen Lake coach Jared Boynton said. “It looked like they played together for a couple seasons, but Tyler is a first time defender and Jackson is a freshman.”

Glen Lake salted the game away with an unassisted goal late in the game from Parker McHugh. Goalkeeper Christian Barber earned nine saves.

After the game, the team voted Zywicki the most valuable player according to Boynton.

“They (the team) didn’t disappoint today,” Boynton said. “I just hope they keep improving during practices throughout the season.”

The Lakers will play another game at home against Manistee on Friday before heading to Charlevoix on Tuesday.

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