2018-09-06 / Sports

Glen Lake remains undefeated

LELAND goalkeeper Gavin Miller looks for an open teammate to pass the ball to. LELAND goalkeeper Gavin Miller looks for an open teammate to pass the ball to. Expectations were high for the Leland soccer team this season, and the Comets have not disappointed despite having minor injuries affecting a handful of players. But the surprise team so far as been Glen Lake, which has won its first four matches. North Bay, too, has been nursing some injuries that haven’t helped during a competitive schedule coming out of the gate.

Following are overviews of the past week of soccer action in Leelanau County.

Leland shuts out TC Christian

Leland (6-1-1) continues to roll in the Comets early matchups, as they defeated Traverse City Christian Thursday, 3-0 to earn their sixth win on the season.

Andre Masse had a goal and an assist for the Comets. Jack Munoz added a goal and Jesus Calderon had a goal of his own for Leland.

Nick Saffell and Cobe Lund each had an assist, and Gavin Miller had five saves in the match.

The Comets jumped out to a 2-0 lead at halftime, and added a third goal in the second half. The Comets defense didn’t break, as they held on to shutout the Sabres.

“We are still playing with our lineup and figuring out who is healthy and how healthy they are,” coach Joe Burda said. “We are playing a lot of guys because of the injuries and the younger guys are progressing each week.”

Leland was set to host Buckley yesterday, but the matchup took place after press time.

Glen Lake defeats Kalkaska

Glen Lake continues their early winning streak Wednesday, defeating Kalkaska 7-2 in another rain game. The Lakers are 4-0.

Freshman Brynn Fisher had a hat trick for the Lakers, and Parker Mchugh added a goal of his own.

“These freshmen have been playing well for us,” Glen Lake coach Jared Boynton said. “They (Fisher and Henry Plumstead) think about the game the same way, and they play off of each other. We have had great production from the young players.”

Plumstead scored two goals and added two assists to go along with Fisher’s hat trick. Brady McDonough scored a goal and had four assists and JD Willey had an assist.

“We were off to a slow start in this game, but we did score early,” Boynton said. “As a team, we have to come out stronger to win.”

Glen Lake jumped out to the lead with a goal in the first eight minutes, but Kalkaska would tie it a few minutes later. Glen Lake turned up the intensity and the Lakers scored four unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Boynton had players try out a few different positions and rested some of his center backs on defense.

“This is the first time Tyler Robbins and George Slack sat during a game,” Boynton said. “These two usually play the whole game for us, so it was good to rest them.”

Christian Barber had six saves for the Lakers, and was given the last few minutes of the game off. Boynton chose to sit Barber and let McHugh finish the last seven minutes of the game in net.

Glen Lake was set to host Benzie Central on Wednesday night, but the match took place after press time.

North Bay recovers for season

North Bay (0-4) didn’t compete in a match this week until yesterday against Kingsley. The match was played after press time.

North Bay coach Tom Spencer said the team needed time off to nurse injuries and get ready for the rest of the season.

“We have 22 roster players, but playing with just 12 players,” Spencer said. “We should hopefully be at full strength. We had kids on vacation and we picked up an exchange student.”

The Norsemen had a rough beginning of the season, as they had summer injuries that became soccer injuries. Spencer said his team will be ready for the Kingsley Tournament on Saturday. North Bay will start with the host Stags at 9 a.m.

“It was a rough tournament and we have so many people missing,” Spencer said. “It’s difficult to start 0-4, we could easily be 2-2. We are ready to go for it and I fully expect to be in full form at the Kingsley tournament.”

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