2-2 at halftime. 2-5 final. Chilly and overcast.
This was the fifth game of the 2017 season and the third home game for the Benzie Central Girls Varsity Soccer team. It was overcast and 50-ish, so a bit chilly but not freezing.
There were eight shots fired on Benzie goalkeeper Maile Church during the first half, and the Kingsley Stags were able to score on two of those opportunities. Meanwhile, our girls had three shots in the first half and were able to score on two of those opportunities. (Mimmi Peuhkurinen had one shot that she scored on, and Haley Papineau had two shots: she scored on one, but the other was a penalty kick that she missed.)
The first goal of the game came from #23 sophomore Hannah Dutton when she was unmarked in front of the goal. The second goal of the game, however, was scored by Mimmi on a breakaway to the net about 25 minutes into the first half. Kingsley’s #3 freshman Miranda Acre scored with just over a minute left in the first half when she went unmarked in front of the net. Then, with only 11 seconds left in the first half, Haley scored with an amazing shot from the 20-yard line, right in the center of the field.
During the second half, Kingsley took 11 shots, compared to no shots from our Benzie girls. Our Huskies held off the Stags for the first nine minutes, until #23 Dutton scored her second goal of the game on a Benzie defensive breakdown. But we picked up the intensity and held them off for the next 22 minutes, until #3 Acre scored her second goal of the night with a shot from the six-yard line when our Benzie defense had a miscommunication between themselves and goalie Maile. Kingsley’s Dutton scored her third goal of the night (called a “hat trick”) just a minute and a half later off a nice shot from the 18-yard line on the right side of the field. Maile had nine saves in the first half and 12 in the second.
This was definitely one of the better games that we have played this season. Our girls struggled for the first 10-15 minutes of this game and the last 10-15 minutes of this game, but they played hard for the middle chunk of 60 minutes or so. The first 10-15 minutes, we seemed asleep; the last 10-15 minutes, we seemed tired.
For this game, we went back to the 4-3-3- configuration, with Allie Howell sweeping and Haley starting on left defense, with Allana Bostick starting at center defense. Also, this was the first game back for Kaitlynn Pataky, following her concussion from the NorthBay game on April 10. Mimmi started the game at center midfield, with Jenna Cole and Jenna Saier at left and right midfield, respectively. The three forwards up front to start were Brook Lautner, Novia Dalzell, and Promise Thomason. We still were missing quite a few of our starters for this game, as more and more girls continue to get injured.
We were missing: Hanna Burch (chronic injury), Katie Cole (chronic injury), Emily Johnson (health), Abbie Smith (Close-up trip to Washington, D.C.), and Myah Clous (Close-up). Again, we had twowho were not able to dress out, because our extra jerseys have not arrived (Brianna Dufrane, Emma Quick, Ashley Winfrey — not in attendance). Lisa Teichman (Jenna Saier’s mom) brought Cheez-its and Shannon Burch (Hanna’s mom) brought granola bars and oranges for halftime snack. Referees were (?).
Below you’ll find the best photos that I took that night. Also, here is a link to stats coverage from the game on the Traverse City Record Eagle‘s website.