2017-05-18 / Sports

Bobcats beat Burt Lake twice, go 1-2 at Alpena tourney

The Houghton Lake varsity soccer team scored two Northern Michigan Soccer League wins over Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy last week and went 1-2 at the Sunrise Tournament in Alpena.

Houghton Lake won at Burt Lake NMCA 6-0 May 11, and then beat the Eagles at Bobcat Stadium 8-0 Tuesday.

The May 16 game was the last regular season NMSL game before crossover play, and Sarah Barnes put the Bobcats on the board about four minutes into the game on a pass from Lexi Blanchard. There was just under five minutes left in the half when Ally Sajdak scored after being set up for the left-footed shot by Madisen Forman, and the Bobcats held a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Lainey Meigs scored a quick hat trick in the first five minutes of the second half, the first goal coming off a corner by Barnes, and the next two off assists by Alexis Souder, putting the Bobcats up 5-0. Blanchard scored next after taking a pass from Barnes and beating two defenders to roll the ball into the goal.

Forman scored Houghton Lake’s seventh goal on an assist from Meigs, and the game ended when Sydney Gandolfi connected on a long shot. Houghton Lake Coach Darren Barnes said that goalkeeper Ellie Connett made two saves during the game to preserve the shutout.

Sunrise Tournament

The Bobcats beat Tawas 3-0 in their first game at the Sunrise Tournament, with the first goal coming on a penalty kick by Gandolfi after a handball in the box during the first half. Alexis Souder scored the other two goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half, the first off a corner by Gandolfi and the next on an assist by Meigs. Connett made three saves during the game.

Houghton Lake’s next game was against the host Alpena Wildcats, who scored twice in the first half, and the 2-0 score stood for the rest of the game. Coach Barnes said the Bobcats “played much better in the second half,” but could not find a way to score. Connett made 10 saves during the game, in which the Bobcats had a total of eight shots on goal.

The Bobcats then played in the third place game against Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard. Ann Arbor scored their first goal of the game with four minutes left in the first half.

“The second half would see tired legs set in and the ‘Cats gave up three more goals, losing the game 4-0,” said Coach Barnes. “We played well the first two games, but we did not mark up well the last game. We gave up four goals to one player, you can’t have that in big games. Overall I was happy, we played good competition and the girls needed that.”

Emily Johnson was selected by the coaches to the All Tournament team.

Add another at Burt Lake

At Burt Lake May 11, it took almost 31 minutes before Alexis Souder scored the first goal of the game off a pass by Blanchard. Sarah Barnes scored again two minutes later off a pass by Sajdak, and the Bobcats had a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Barnes scored her second goal two minutes into the second half after collecting a loose ball and then Alexis Souder got the Bobcats’ fourth goal on a pass by Meigs. Then Meigs scored off a pass by Molly McGinnis to make the score 5-0.

Blanchard scored the sixth and final goal of the game off a pass by Meigs. In all, the Bobcats fired 70 shots on goal, “but great goalkeeping kept most out of the net,” said Coach Barnes. Connett made three saves to preserve the Bobcats’ 6-0 shutout.

The Bobcats, now 13-4 overall and 11-2 in NMSL play, were to host McBain NMC in a NMSL crossover game May 17, and to host non-conference Grayling May 19.

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