2018-10-11 / Sports

Leland ties Muskegon WMC, G-L blows out Buckley

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff

PARKER MCHUGH, left, and Tyler Robbins, right, control the ball Friday for Glen Lake against Charlevoix. PARKER MCHUGH, left, and Tyler Robbins, right, control the ball Friday for Glen Lake against Charlevoix. Leland will face off against North Bay Monday, and Glen Lake will await the winner of that matchup, and will face off against the winner on Wednesday. The Comets seem to be the favorite in districts, as they tied the number team in the state Friday. Glen Lake (8-6-1) and North Bay (1-17-1) struggled against Leland (17-1-3), as the Comets, only loss came to Cadillac. Following are the results from the week in soccer.

Glen Lake defeats Charlevoix on homecoming

It wasn’t just homecoming for the Glen Lake football team.

The Glen Lake (8-6-1, 3-5-1 NWC) boys soccer team had their final home game of the season against Charlevoix, and were able to grind out a hard fought victory, 5-2.

“I thought this was our most complete game of the season,” Glen Lake coach Jared Boynton said. “It’s nice to see us improving through the year and really executing the things we talk about during practice. It was a nice way to send our seniors out in their final home game.”

Henry Plumstead, Brady McDonough and Brynn Fisher each had a goal and an assist for Glen Lake. Fischer Alonzi and Logan Cooper both added goals, and JD Willey assisted on another goal.

Christian Barber made eight saves in the net for the Lakers.

The Lakers also faced off against Kingsley last Wednesday, but fell 4-2.

Kingsley capitalized on two early penalty kick opportunities to jump out to the early lead, but Plumstead scored a goal on a pass from Willey to tighten the game.

The Stags added two more goals before halftime to increase the lead to 4-1.

“We had a solid second half,” Boynton said. “Both teams had some chances, but I think we had more quality chances. We just couldn’t put one in the back of the net.”

With about eight minutes remaining, the Lakers were able to find the net. Cooper sent in a corner kick that was headed in by McDonough. The Lakers were unable to score any other goals, and suffered a 4-2 loss.

“We continued to play to the final whistle,” Boynton said. “I’m proud of the effort we gave.”

Barber had seven saves in the net for Glen Lake.

Glen Lake made the trip to Buckley to face the Bears. The Lakers earned a big win, defeating the Bears, 8-2.

Fisher contributed two goals and one assist to lead the Lakers. McDonough added two goals, and Plumstead posted one goal and three assists. Alonzi had one goal, McHugh had a goal and Cooper added an assist for the Lakers.

Barber added six saves in the net.

“It was a total team effort from the back to the front,” Boynton said. “We got a nice compliment from the Buckley coach. He’s a great coach and if he can see that in our squad, we must be doing something right.”

Leland ties Muskegon WMC

North Bay hosted Leland at Northport last Wednesday, and the Comets continued their winning streak.

Leland (17-1-3, 9-0-1 NWC) defeated North Bay (1-16-1), 7-1 to remain undefeated in conference play.

Nate Ball posted three goals and one assist for the Comets. Jayden Holston contributed three goals, and Jesus Ledesma scored a goal for the Comets, seven goals. Gavin Miller made seven saves in the net.

Five other Comets earned assists as Ben Kiessel, Christoph Zech, Cobe Lund, Luke Noorman and Jonathan Arens each contributed to the Comet offense.

Ethan Sommerfield scored the lone goal for North Bay, as he found the back of the net on a penalty kick.

Leland made the trip to Muskegon Western Michigan Christian Friday, and tied the number one ranked Warriors, 1-1.

With both teams playing strong defensively, the teams played a scoreless first half. Michael Roberts scored the Leland goal, assisted by Jesus Calderon-Balcazar.

“The Warriors tied it up off a rebound from a free kick in the last minute of the game,” Leland coach Joe Burda said. “Defensive standouts were Owen Kareck, JJ Popp, Colin Satterwhite and Andy Mosqueda.”

Mill was in the net for the Comets, and made 12 saves.

“He kept us alive in both halves of the game tonight,” Burda said.

Leland made the trip to Kingsley, and played to another draw.

The Comets tied the Stags, 2-2.

The Comets fought through some adversity, as they trailed the Stags 1-0 at halftime. The Comets came back to tie the game, and took the lead. The Stags tied it back up and the match finished with each team at two goals.

Ball had two unassisted goals for the Comets, and Miller had four saves in the net.

Leland has ended the regular season, and will face off against North Bay in the first round of districts.

North Bay falls to Benzie Central

With the score tied at 2-2, North Bay was looking for a goal to put them in front.

Benzie Central wouldn’t allow the Norse past, and scored two goals of their own in the last 15 minutes of the match to defeat North Bay, 4-2.

Shawn Grant scored both goals for North Bay. Liam Thelander and Ethan Vitale both had assists.

“It was a very disappointing loss,” North Bay coach Tom Spencer said. “I think we deserved at least a tie and maybe a win tonight, but that’s the way the ball bounces.”

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