Bobcat soccer rebounds with 4-0 win, then slips to G’s, Stags
The Houghton Lake varsity soccer squad rebounded from a 5-0 loss to Roscommon Thursday, to beat Pinconning 4-0 at Pinconning Friday. The Bobcats winning streak ended at one game as they fell to Gladwin 5-1 on Monday and Kingsley 3-2 on Tuesday.
Against Pinconning, the Bobcats scored first in the 25th minute when senior Katie Trahan made a run down the middle of the field and received a pass from Maddy Walter and then placed a ball just under the post. Houghton Lake scored again before halftime when goalkeeper Lauren Arsenault kicked a ball past the Pinconning defense that Walter recovered and beat the goalie with a shot to the lower right corner of the net.
The Bobcats tightened up on defense for the remainder of the half to hold a 2-0 advantage with 40 minutes played.
Houghton Lake began the second half creating several scoring chances that were stopped by the Spartan keeper, Houghton Lake coach Darren Barnes said.
The chances turned into goals for the ’Cats when Walter received a pass from Trahan setting up her second one-on-one with the goalie where she won again putting the Bobcats ahead 3-0. Then, Hailey Hayes received a pass from Olivia Daugherty and was able to place a curving shot over the Spartan keeper to seal the victory for the Bobcats.
“We looked good today,” Barnes said. “Our defense held them to only two or three scoring chances and we took advantage of our opportunities.”
“This was a great win for us and we need to carry this momentum into the rest of the year,” he said.
Arsenault recorded 10 saves in the victory recording her second shutout of the season. The Bobcats offensive attack was led by Sarah Garrett, Trahan and Walter who each registered three shots on goal.
Gladwin 5, HL 1
Gladwin senior Melanie Smalley netted five goals en route to a 5-1 victory for the Gladwin varsity soccer squad over Houghton Lake May 16 at Gladwin.
The game started in favor of the Bobcats as they almost took the lead when Kenzie Straub half-volleyed a ball sent in by Walter that connected with the goal post. The Bobcats could not gather the rebound as the ball went out of bounds according to Bobcat coach Barnes.
Gladwin did not waste their first opportunity when Smalley got past the defense and beat Houghton Lake goalkeeper Arsenault to put the G’s ahead 1-0 just six minutes into the game.
Neither squad would score again in the first half and after 40 minutes Gladwin’s lead was still 1-0.
The Flying G’s came out firing in the second half scoring four goals in the first eight minutes of the half, all of which came from Smalley.
“We were a little flat coming out of the half and it led to some open shots for Smalley,” Barnes said. “She does not need much room to score and we gave her a little too much space in the second half.”
The Bobcats did not give up though following the scoring frenzy as Katie Vaughn scored in the 21st minute of the contest on a pass from Trahan.
According to Barnes his squad had more opportunities to score in the final 20 minutes but they could not find the back of the net.
“We played a very good team tonight and even though we got down in the second half, we never quit. This team has a lot of fight in them which will help us the rest of the season,” Barnes said.
The Bobcats were led in shots by Vaughn, Trahan and Taylor Mace. Arsenault recorded 10 saves in net.
Kingsley 3, HL 2
After taking a 2-0 lead into halftime the Houghton Lake varsity soccer squad found a different Kingsley squad on the field for the second half and ended up losing 3-2, Tuesday on the Stag’s home field.
The Bobcats scored in the 28th minute of the first half after Walter took a Riley Pacella pass and put a shot into the back of the net for a goal. Then Walter scored again 10 minutes later after taking a Stag pass and beating the goalie in a one-on-one.
“We moved the ball well and were aggressive, which led to two goals and other scoring opportunities,” Coach Barnes said. “We looked very confident in the first half and that led us to getting the early lead.”
In the second half the Stags turned up their game and in the 33rd minute Kaleigh Pace broke through the defense to score the Stag’s first goal.
A penalty kick by Helen Karsten, low and into the corner, a short time later knotted the score at two. Then Pace found a loose ball at her feet and scored the Stag’s third goal.
Houghton Lake had two opportunities stopped by the Stag’s goalkeeper in the last five minutes. Walter had a shot that was pushed over the cross bar and a second attempt stopped by the Stag’s goalkeeper.
Walter led the Bobcats, shooting five shots on goal and Trahan had three. Goalkeeper Arsenault had four saves in the game.
With the league loss, Houghton Lake drops to 3-10 overall and 2-7 in the Northern Michigan Soccer League. Friday Houghton Lake hosts Gladwin at 7 p.m. and travels to Burt Lake NMCA Tuesday at 5 p.m.