2018-08-30 / Sports

GL soccer grinds out victories in tough matchups

GLEN LAKE players are all smiles after a close victory against Manistee. GLEN LAKE players are all smiles after a close victory against Manistee. Glen Lake is still undefeated after two difficult matchups this week.

Freshman Henry Plumstead made a big impact, as he scored a hat trick to help lead the Lakers Friday to a 5-4 victory over the Manistee Chippewas.

“It was an exciting game to be a part of,” Glen Lake coach Boynton said. “A little bit of a roller coaster feel to it.”

Manistee grabbed the early 1-0 advantage with a goal in the 18th minute, but the Lakers tied the game with a goal of their own from Parker McHugh on a cross from Brynn Fisher.

Logan Cooper added a goal of his own on a pass from Plumstead halfway through the first half, and Plumstead added another goal to give the Lakers a 3-1 advantage heading into halftime.

“We pulled away before halftime,” Boynton said. “Everyone who was on the field for us was able to contribute in a positive way.”

JACK MUNOZ hits his corner kick Thursday in the match against Charlevoix. JACK MUNOZ hits his corner kick Thursday in the match against Charlevoix. Brady McDonough sent a pass to Plumstead for his second goal early in the second half, but the Chippewas would answer with two goals to make the score 4-3.

Plumstead would find the net again on an assist from Ashton Rousch for what would be the game-winning goal and a 5-3 lead. Manistee would score a fourth goal, and challenged the Glen Lake defense in the final minutes.

“Our guys kept it together, they kept competing,” Boynton said. “In the end, Christian Barber made big saves and we could breath a sigh of relief.”

Glen Lake (3-0) made a trip to matchup against Charlevoix on Tuesday. The Lakers defeated the Rayders, 5-4 in another tightly contested match.

“The field was a mess, and both teams started off slow,” Boynton said. “I kept telling the guys that Charlevoix is playing on the same field as us and to keep playing hard.”

McDonough scored two goals and had an assist for the Lakers. Fisher Alonzi added a third goal after the Rayders answered with a goal to give Glen Lake the two goal advantage at halftime.

Glen Lake had the lead at 5-3 with two goals from Plumstead, but Charlevoix would score a goal to draw the game closer at 5-4.

“Charlevoix came back and it made me nervous again,” Boynton said. “The team stuck together and we held on to win.”

Glen Lake was also slated to face off against Kalkaska on Wednesday, but the matchup took place after press time.

North Bay falls to Harbor Springs

The injury bug seems to be haunting the North Bay Norsemen.

The team played against Harbor Springs on Wednesday, but only started the game with 12 players. The team had three players on the field nursing injuries.

“Ethan Vitale went down with a leg injury five minutes in,” North Bay coach Tom Spencer said. “We battled Harbor Springs with just 11 players.”

North Bay (0-4) was able to keep the game close, as the score was 1-1 with about four minutes left in the game. Keegan Maleskei scored the lone goal for North Bay on a pass from Liam Thelander.

Spencer increased his team’s offensive effort and weakened the defensive, as the Norse hoped tie the game. Harbor Springs was able to score two late goals to take the lead late and take the 3-1 victory.

The Norse were set to take on Hart on Tuesday, but the match was canceled due to inclement weather.

Leland rolls in Cherry Ke Invitational

Leland (5-1-1) put the pressure on Charlevoix on Thursday, and they kept it on.

Throughout the first half, the Comets put shot after shot on goal, continuing to wear down the Rayders defense. The Comets struck for six goals in the first half and finished the game with a 9-1 victory.

Cobe Lund and Nick Saffell both contributed two goals for Leland. Saffell also had an assist. JJ Popp scored a goal and had an assist. Wyatt Sirrine, Alejandro Corona, Andre Masse and Jack Munoz all added a goal in the nine goal game. Jesus Calderon and Nate Ball each added an assist as well in the game.

Leland also competed Saturday in the Elk Rapids Cherry Key Invitational.

In the first match, the Comets took on Cadillac. The teams played to a 2-2 draw. Lund and Saffell scored the two goals for Leland, and Sirrine earned an assist on a goal in the match.

In the second match of the invitational, Leland defeated Saginaw Nouvel 8-2 behind five goals from Lund. Saffell scored a goal and had an assist, and Munoz added a goal and an assist for the Comets.

Calderon scored a goal of his own in the match. Masse, Andy Mosqueda, and Sirrine had an assist each in the win.

In the final game of the Saturday invitational, the Comets defeated Midland Bullock Creek 3-2. Calderon scored a goal on an assist from Masse. Masse had a goal of his own, and the third Comet goal was an own goal by Midland.

“We are still battling injuries,” Leland coach Joe Burda said. “We are looking forward to playing at full strength soon.”

The Comets were set to have a match on Tuesday against Boyne City, but it was canceled due to inclement weather.

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