2010-04-08 / Sports

Strong start to high school soccer season

BY MICHAEL SELECKY

LAPEER — While it hasn’t been easy, the Goodrich varsity soccer team has gotten off to a quality start this year, allowing the squad, coaches and fans alike to take comfort in this season’s prospects after Spring Break.

Last Wednesday, the Lady Martians welcomed Blue Water Area Conference foe Richmond to town, falling, 5-3, after going into the break down, 3-2.

“Taylor Gleason scored the first two goals for us and Ashley Garr scored the third,” said coach Evan Huizenga. “Erika Eneix and Ashley Garr assisted on the Gleason goals.”

On March 24, the Lady Martians were at the Optimists Soccer Field to face Lapeer West in their 2010 debut, winning, 2-1.

“We were down 1-0 late in the game and Jenna Underwood got a shot off that was deflected and made its way past the goalkeeper for Lapeer West,” Huizenga said. “Just three minutes later and about three minutes remaining Taylor Gleason got a pass from Ashley Garr that gave her the opportunity to make a play and she did, beating the goalkeeper to the near post and giving the Martians a solid opening win to the 2010 season.”

That led to a March 29 matchup at former Big Nine and current Flint Metro League rival Swartz Creek, where Goodrich tied the Lady Dragons, 1-1.

“We were up 1-0 in the first and Swartz Creek tied the game in the second half. Kelsey Britton scored for the Martians,” Huizenga said. “(We’re) looking to elevate the level of play for the whole team. It’s going to be a fun season.”

Goodrich is currently 1-1-1 overall, 0-0 Genesee Area Conference-Red and plays at Montrose April 13 in its league opener prior to hosting LakeVille April 15.

GRAND BLANC

The Lady Bobcats hosted non-conference rival Saginaw Heritage for their season opener on March 29, winning, 4-1, after going into halftime tied, 1-1.

“Overall you could tell it was our first game. We did a poor job of possessing and moving off the ball, especially in the first half, but Heritage had a lot to do with that with their pressure. Everything was too direct with no real style. The good thing was we were able to convert and score goals and created a few other good chances, as well,” said coach Greg Kehler. “Sophomore Nichole Boehnke got us on the board in the first half on a cross from Tayler Ward. Nichole assisted on our second goal when she found Kelsey Oskey at the top of the box. Kelsey made a nice turn and scored. Sophomore Hailey Fisher made it 3-1 when Tayler slotted a nice pass from the end line. Tayler finished off the scoring with an unassisted goal.”

With Rachel McCullom and Morgan Waier having split time in goal, Grand Blanc is now 1-0 overall, 0-0 Kensington Lakes Activities Association and is in action at Flint Kearsley and Midland April 14 and 16.

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