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Benzie Girls Soccer: Friday, April 22, at Mason County Central (5-2 Win)

Benzie Girls Soccer: Friday, April 22, at Mason County Central (5-2 Win)

1-1 at halftime. 5-2 at end of game. Sunny, but windy and chilly.

This was the fourth game of the 2016 season and the third away game for the Benzie Central Girls Varsity Soccer team. Before the game began, starters from both teams were asked to congregate around the center half in a circle for a moment of silence: earlier this week, a referee had died, and they wanted everyone to pay respects.

Five shots were taken on goalkeeper Maile Church during the first half; by comparison, Benzie took eight shots on Mason County Central (Megan Cota, Fenja Firnhaber, Allana Bostick, Hanna Burch).

Mason Country Central’s #11, freshman Maddy Bladzik, scored only five minutes into the game from inside the 18-yard line. Our own Megan Cota scored 20 minutes later after dribbling past the defense and taking it to the net. (Note, this was just after Megan was taken off the field, along with a Mason County Central player, both of which received yellow cards for talking back to the ref after pushing each other — Coach Scott Kubit told Megan that a better way to “get back” at the girl was to score a goal, and she did!)

The game was tied at halftime at a score of 1-1, but both coaches emphasized that we should really be winning. During halftime, we talked a lot about heart and desire: for some reason, our team was not playing super well in the first half. But in the second half, we played better. Megan did a great job of finding and exploiting the weak spot in the MCC defense: they were playing a very high offsides trap, which meant it was pretty easy for Megan, with her quick speed, to dribble past them and just take it right in, which she did four more times.

Megan scored her second goal only 20 seconds into the second half. She scored again at 10 minutes in, then again at 20 minutes in, and then one minute later. We then moved Megan back to defense, since the Lady Huskies had a sizeable lead at that point. Mason County Central’s #15, freshman Lizzy Sutton, scored a goal in the second half; there were only two other shots (by #20) on goalkeeper Maile during the second half.

We were missing: Brenna Harm (suspended for the first five games), Myah Clous (injured), Grace Anderson (injured), Sydney Ghering (theater). We had only two substitutes again. This was the first game that Ayla Breuker got to play in. Hanna returned to play quite a bit, but we’re still trying to take it easy so that she doesn’t re-injure herself. Sadly, Fenja broke her ankle with only 15 minutes left to go in the second half; she will be out for the rest of the season.

We had many boys come down on the bus with us to cheer our girls on: in addition to our regular managers, Keegan Plamondon and Nick Robertson, we also had Nick Baesch, Paul Little, and exchange students Alvaro Hernandez and Jaime Muro Sakanassi. Mary Straubel (Anna’s host mother) brought trail mix for a halftime snack; Ann Burkett (Fenja’s host mother) sent granola bars and pretzels; Coach Aubrey Ann Parker brought bananas, apples, oranges, and granola bars.

All photos in this post are my own, unless marked by a GA in the right-hand bottom corner: those photos were taken by Grace Anderson, who was injured for the game.

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Aubrey Ann Parker Scott Kubit Haley Papineau Fenja Firnhaber Hanna Burch Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Megan Cota Fenja Firnhaber Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Anna Werner Hanna Burch Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Maile Church Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Allana Bostick Jenna Saier Tylor Kistler Hanna Burch Haley Papineau Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies
Scott Kubit Allie Howell Jenna Saier Promise Thomason Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Hanna Burch Scott Kubit Allie Howell Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Megan Cota Sarah Middleton Anna Werner Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Megan Cota Maile Church Sarah Middleton Allana Bostick Allie Howell Anna Werner Jenna Saier Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central HuskiesMaile Church Tylor Kistler Promise Thomason Haley Papineau Allana Bostick Hanna Burch Fenja Firnhaber Anna Werner Allie Howell Ayla Brauker Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Sarah Middleton Megan Cota Allana Bostick Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Sarah Middleton Megan Cota Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Tylor Kistler Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC soccer

Tylor Kistler Sarah Middleton Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Tylor Kistler Allana Bostick Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Hanna Burch Fenja Firnhaber Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Haley Papineau Megan Cota Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Promise Thomason Megan Cota Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Megan Cota Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Megan Cota Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Megan Cota Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Megan Cota Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Megan Cota

Megan Cota Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Megan Cota Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Haley Papineau Fenja Firnhaber Megan Cota Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Keegan Plamondon Grace Anderson Ashley Winfrey Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Fenja Firnhaber Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Fenja Firnhaber Jenna Saier Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Promise Thomason Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Myah Clous Ashley Winfrey Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

Alvaro Garcia Hernandez Paul Little Nick Baesch Nicholas Baesch Benzie Central boys soccer Benzie boys soccer Benzie Central boys varsity soccer

Ayla Breuker Jenna Saier Sarah Middleton Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Sarah Middleton Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Sarah Middleton Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies

Maile Church Ashley Winfrey Hanna Burch Anna Werner Benzie girls soccer Benzie Central girls varsity soccer Benzie Central Huskies Mason County Central Spartans MCC girls soccer

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