Northern High School
Coach: Andy Fuehr
Varsity Coach: Pat Tetreault
Assistants: David Groves, Erin Carlson & Justin Rhodes
NEWS (Updated 5-July-2008)
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Regional Champions, District
Champions, SMAC Champions.
Congratulations Huskies on a great season that family, friends, and fans enjoyed
For a slideshow of game action photos from throughout the season, click
Thanks to Ed Stinson for the varsity game summaries, Sharon Strazdas for the
CONGRATULATIONS ALSO FOR POSTSEASON HONORS:
- 1st team- Anna Stinson
- 3rd team- Samantha Kay
- Honorable mention- Samantha Pace
Samantha Kay, Mary McCarthy, Samantha Pace, Anna Stinson
Megan Hayes, Jillian Karrick, Samantha Kay, Mary McCarthy, Samantha Pace,
Anna Stinson, Cassie VanderSloot
ALL CONFERENCE (SMAC CENTRAL)-
- All Division- Megan Hayes, Mary McCarthy, Anna Stinson, Cassie VanderSloot
- Honorable Mention- Andrea Jones, Samantha Kay, Samantha Pace
MOST IMPROVED- Natalie McClish
MVP- Anna Stinson and Mary McCarthy
ACADEMIC ALL STATE- Alicia Conde-Lopez and Mary McCarthy
TEAM GPA of 3.75 (third
best in the state!)
State semi-final game - 11.June.2008
Portage Northern finishes up one game shy of the state title game, by falling
to the University of Forest Hills Central in the state semi-finals. This is
how the college game is supposed to be played. Size, speed, with some physicality
did I say size and speed yet? And to make things even tougher,
the game was played on the home Turf of the U of FHC. But the high school team
with the grass field came to play, and hung tough up to the final few minutes.
FHC spent the first ten minutes working around the Northern goal. When the
Huskies finally got near the Ranger goal in the 11th minute, they didn't waste
the opportunity. Freshman Laura Glass sent a ball into the box and Sam Pace
made a perfect trap and flip shot just over the goalie's head and Northern went
up 1-0. Northern played FHC evenly in the middle of the period, but with just
five minutes left in the half, the opponent finally found the net to tie the
score at the half, 1-1.
Between 1,500 and 2,000 fans were in tune with an excellent match, which started
with a game time temperature near 90 degrees. Northern thanks the tremendous
turn out by students, relatives, and friends of the program for making the trek
The game remained tied well into the second half, but 15 minutes in, the Rangers
found the net on a shot that seemed hidden for most of its low trajectory, rising
above the defense and goalie into the upper corner
at the last second.
FHC finally had their first lead at 2-1. Northern had a few opportunities to
tie the game, but the Rangers just kept bringing it! Finally, with just five
minutes left in the contest, with Northern taking more chances to try to even
the score, Central scored an insurance goal and again two minutes later found
the net again as the wind was sucked out of the sails for Northern. For 75 minutes
in this game, the Huskie defense made a tremendous stand against perhaps the
best team in the state.
Northern moves up to Division One next year, and out of D-2. As long as Forest
Hills Central stays in D-2, this could be a good move for Northern!
In a discussion with a Forest Hills parent after the game, they stated "This
is the toughest game we have had all year, possibly up there with Unity Christian".
The Rangers broke the Crusaders 99 game winning streak in that game. And they
just broke the Huskies 17 game winning streak also.
The Huskies have outscored their opponents 105-19 this year, with 7 of those
19 goals coming from the Rangers. The Dawg Defense gave up more than one goal
in only three games this season; FHC 4 and 3, and PC 2. Northern finishes 22-3-1.
Northern loses more than the game tonight:
Senior Liz Bejcek: Liz suffered an injury early in the year, but was
present with the team always. Liz would be at practice and games without exception,
many times lugging a school back pack across the field using crutches. Thanks
for your sacrifice Liz, for not giving up on your team, and good luck in your
Senior Carolyn Hawkins: Carolyn's love of soccer is very evident, and
her desire to score a goal was possibly exceeded by only one thing
the Huskie fans desire that she would score. Her opportunities would bring fans
off their seat cushions in anticipation. The world may not see that goal this
year, but in the future they will see an award winning smile, kindness, artistry,
and desire to make the world a better place. Thank you Hawk, Hawk, Hawk
your years of Huskie soccer.
Senior Mary McCarthy: Where will I be next year and years to come without
Mary there to motivate me, to lead me to accomplish things I didn't think I
could accomplish, to set an example of hard work and sportsmanship, to excel
in everything, to be creative, to help others less fortunate, to compete against
the best and to be the best. Where will I be?? And I am just a parent!
Exchange Student Alicia Conde-Lopez: The Google translators are lame,
so I will share in English. The talent that Alicia brought to the American pitch
helped this Northern team exceed
but the smile and laughter she brought,
and the tears she left this last game with, tell her story and her impact even
more so. Alicia leaves for Spain in a few days, but she doesn't take that Impact
with her, but rather leaves it in the hearts of her teammates. Good luck Alicia,
and thanks for choosing Portage Northern.
So, the Huskies long season, made longer by this post-season run, finally comes
to rest. But wait, Club soccer tryouts are this weekend and next week
Addenum: The way the scoreboard looked most of the first half was a
sight not often seen on the
Rangers' home field, and PN capped an exciting season with an exciting game.
Forest Hills Central was ranked#3 in the state overall, and that was before
the top two teams were both upset. Husky fans everywhere are proud of the way
this PN team played all year, and the way they played against what looks to
be the best team in the state. FHC was fast, skilled, and physical. They won
more balls in the air, and they took more shots. But you have to be very impressed
with the heart that PN played with, and the speed, skill, and strength they
displayed was also very impressive. CONGRATULATIONS HUSKIES ON A GREAT SEASON!!!
Congrats also to FHC and good luck to them in the state final against Bloomfield
Hills Lahser, who defeated Dexter 1-0 (more
PN advances to Semi-State with victory
over Chelsea - 7.Jun.2008
The regional championship game was rescheduled from Friday night when severe
heat turned into severe storms. On this Saturday game, the heat clipped
80 under the clouds, 90 under the sun, and over 100 on the field with those
small rubber pellets sucking up energy. A large contingent of Orange clad
fans settled into the molten metal bleachers to witness a Huskie team on
fire since their last loss nearly one month and 18 games ago to Forest Hills
Kudos in this game go to each member of the team, as all contributed to
the victory. The defense fired up their 13th shutout of the season, and
did not allow much penetration at all from Chelsea, which finishes a fine
season in their run to the regional final. Northern's defenders moved the
ball around to perfection in this game in helping Jillian Karrick notch
the shutout in goal. Mary McCarthy, Megan Hayes and Andrea Jones corralled
any chances Chelsea generated beyond the midfield. Melissa Scafaria made
some excellent stops soon after entering the game, including an excellent
tackle on Chelsea's main offensive player.
The game was played pretty evenly for nearly 30 minutes to start the game.
Northern generated a few corner kicks and Chelsea misfired on a reset just
outside the box after a Huskie foul. With 12 minutes left in the half, after
a Chelsea infraction near midfield, freshman Laura Glass set the ball in
place and hit the 50-yarder perfectly into the box and off the goalie, where
Anna Stinson waited to punch home the rebound for the first tally of the
game. With just four minutes left in the half, Sammy Kay headed a corner
kick toward the goal where a defender did the only thing she could do
it out with her hand. The handball in the box generated a penalty kick,
which Stinson drilled into the net for 2-0 Huskie lead at the half.
Northern got the all-important third goal just three minutes into the second
half with Stinson dropping a pass into Kay, who put on a nice move to get
by the final defender and blasted a shot past the goalie. The Huskies scored
again soon after, with Cassie VanderSloot slotting the ball into Kay who
buried her second goal of the game and giving the Dawgs a 4-0 lead. Krista
Clancy finished the scoring after a nifty pass from Sam Pace, who received
the ball from Glass. The nice combination gave the Huskies a 5-0 win and
a regional title.
Game ball goes to Juliana Gravlin, for tending to players when they are
hurt or assisting them when they come off the field. Thanks Julianna, for
your help all year, all sports!
Game haircut goes to Justin Rhodes. Who will have the lucky haircut for
the FH Central game?
Northern takes a 22-2-1 record into the state semi-finals on Wednesday
night, at FH Central and vs. FH Central
what's wrong with that picture!!
Wednesday's winner will play Saturday at East Kentwood for the state title.
PN defeats Holland Christian, advances to regional
final - 3.Jun.2008
Corporate America produces fewer goods and services when soccer regionals are
happening. When else but 8 to 5 can you check and double-check Accuweather Radar
and the big green, yellow and red splotch floating toward West Michigan? When
else can you read game recaps of your evenings opponent? (Holland Christian
has superior game summaries!) When else can you stare in space and consider
moving on in the state tournament? Sure you could do this outside of normal
working hours, but when would you eat and sleep?
Holland Christian brought a very young team to this regional contest and showed
that it could be a regular regional contestant for years to come. But on this
night Northern (21-2-1) played well enough to squeeze out a 3-1 victory and
move on to Fridays regional championship game vs. 5th ranked Chelsea (7pm
It seems most teams long for the versatile turf field, except for those teams
that play on real grass all year long. It seemed to take the Huskies a while
to figure out the bounces and the speed of the field, especially in light of
the wet surface from a day of rain. But the defense always seem to tighten up
right at the opportune moment and goalie Jillian Karrick made a few splendid
saves (six saves in all) in limiting HC to just one goal off a corner kick with
13 minutes left in the game. Cassie VanderSloot controlled the defensive midfield
and won many balls and battles to help Northerns possession factor.
Northern started the scoring in the 11th minute, when the Sams Pace and Kay
worked their magic; Pace to Kay in a small flurry of activity around the net.
That goal stood up as the only score in the first half. Northern had a few other
chances in the period, with Rachel Meyer just missing on a high blast and Laura
Glass smacking the crossbar on a long shot off a reset.
Early in the second half Pace found the net by flicking a right-footed floater
just over the head of the goalie. Anna Stinson assisted on the goal. Holland
Christian picked up the attack a few times over the course of the second half,
with one ball sliding across the crossbar with 15 minutes left. Then the HC
goal two minutes later tightened things up (2-1) and looked like a certain momentum
shift. Just two minutes later however, Northern countered with an insurance
goal, off a Krista Clancy assist, with Stinson flicking a left-footed floater
just over the head of the goalie.
Flicking Floaters for the Finals. Fabulous!
PN Earns District Title over Plainwell - 31.May.2008
Joyce "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" McClish again predicted
her pre-game goal tally during the growing parental Huskie Huddle
goals tonight; we're gonna have to play good defense cause I'm only feeling
three goals". Normally three goals would feel pretty good, but in today's
District Title game, those three goals didn't feel that good until about one
minute left in the game.
Plainwell lulled the Huskies into thinking the Trojans weren't that sound of
a club during an 8-0 Husky victory a few weeks ago (although their 17-3 record
and the return of their sweeper would make one wonder!). Northern didn't seem
to take the bait though and over the first 30 minutes kept the ball on the Huskie
offensive half of the field throughout. Plainwell packed their defensive end
in hopes to keep the game close and fire up some offense later.
In the 19th minute, senior Mary McCarthy, fresh off graduation ceremonies the
night before, finished a rebound of a Samantha Kay shot to stake the Huskies
to a 1-0 lead. What was a defensive player doing within feet of the opponent's
net? Mary was taking advice from the graduation speaker: "you have to create
opportunities for yourself; don't be so defensive; victory awaits those that
OK, so I wasn't at the ceremony, but they say the same thing at every one of
those things anyway.
With seven minutes remaining in the half, Anna Stinson was tripped in the box
on a drive to the net. She was rewarded with a penalty kick and buried it for
a 2-0 lead. It seemed at this point the Trojans pulled off their "Packer"
defense and opened up a little, actually creating about three scoring opportunities
over the last few minutes of the half. One of the chances came off a corner
kick that Krista Clancy, Northern's specialist at being the Defender of Last
Resort, rejected by clearing it out of harm's way. Halftime score: Northern
2, Plainwell 0.
Plainwell kept up the pressure early in the second half and converted on a
long kick off a reset just six minutes into the second half making it 2-1, and
creating some Title Terror. Northern created multiple scoring opportunities
after that, but not until the 20 minute mark did they finish the game scoring
with Sidney Helmer finding Stinson in the middle, who weaved through a few defenders
to meet the goalie face to face. After this score, Northern toughened up and
kept control of the ball over the last ten minutes of action. Plainwell played
a great game and didn't leave anything on the field; congrats to them for a
As Northern celebrated their 20th win of the season and accepted their trophy
and individual medals, a yell rang out of the crowd
"IT'S A GREAT
DAY TO BE A HUSKIE"! Yes it is, and we all hope Joyce McClish feels the
love over the next few days and comes back on Tuesday with a BIGGER number.
Tuesday, 5pm, at Plainwell High School: regional semi-final vs. Holland Christian.
Huskies Defeat Spartans in District Semifinal- 29.May.2008
The Portage Northern Huskies started their district game with BC Lakeview closing
in on the record for most corners in a row without scoring, set back in 1896
before nets were used. But just four corners and 15 minutes into the game, Anna
Stinson ended the skein by striking the corner kick directly into the net near
the far post, avoiding the use of any heads along the way. Soon after that goal,
Lakeview's Rachel Burnham hit a point blank shot right into the stomach of goalie
Jillian Karrick. The shot could have tied the score, but instead it became the
one main opportunity for Lakeview in this game. Sam Pace tallied the Huskie's
second unassisted goal of the half at the 17 minute mark by slicing through
a few opponents in a series of nice moves. The halftime score stood at 2-0.
In between recaps of offensive scores and defensive gems lies an unsung hero
in the middle of the field. Quietly going about her business, controlling the
tempo with an occasional temper, dishing off passes after twisting up opponents
with her fancy feet, and helping on D and O with equal passion
right, Cassie VanderSloot. She likes it that way, QUIET, and that's why we won't
tell anyone about it!
The second half saw Northern find more successes on goal, even though Lakeview
goalie Grace Labrecque made a half dozen diving or leaping saves. The Huskies
passed the ball well all night, with everyone seeing action and contributing.
Northern scored four times in the second half. Two minutes in saw a "Stinson
to Pace and back to Stinson" goal. Then eight minutes later, after a series
of excellent team passes, Stinson assisted on a Sammy Kay goal. Stinson assisted
from a corner kick on the next goal, with Sidney Helmer trapping the kick and
gunning in a goal. Northern's final goal came on a perfect cross from Natalie
McClish to near the far post, where Krista Clancy headed the ball home to wrap
up the 6-0 shutout victory.
Erika Jansen played an excellent all-around game, while Carolyn Hawkins had
a shot sail just wide late in the game. JV players Melissa Trebing and Kallie
Strazdas made some nice plays in their varsity debut. Game ball goes to Sidney
Helmer, whose broken nose and recent concussion didn't stop her from working
a header up off a corner kick
creating cringes of oohs and ahhhs from the
The Husky defense wrapped up its 12th shutout of the year, and Northern's winning
streak climbed to 14 straight. Next up, for the district title, at BC Lakeview,
vs. the Plainwell Trojans. They better bring some ice cream this time!
PN gets by Gull Lake in District Opener - 27.May.2008
Question 1: How do you approach a game vs. a team you handled fairly
easily during the regular season but only escaped with a 2-1 win? Answer:
You have to forget the fairly easily part and think about the escaping
Question 2: As a spectator with a serious interest in Huskie soccer,
is it tougher to watch a one goal victory during the regular season or during
districts? Answer: That is a really stupid question!
Question 3: In Geometry, how many corners does it take to fill a rectangle?
Answer: More than 15.
Gull Lakes Hangin Around Gang again made it extremely
difficult to secure a victory. Although Northern created an inordinate number
of opportunities, unlike recent games where scoring efficiency was realized,
could not find the net for an insurance goal after scoring in the 21st minute.
Northern could not capitalize on some open shots or on numerous corner kicks,
although they worked hard and well to create all the opportunities. The only
goal of the game came from a pass into the middle from defender Mary McCarthy,
where Sammy Kay slightly redirected the ball (with the top of her head) to Anna
Stinson, who thigh-trapped the ball and took a quick dribble before knocking
home the game winner from 20 yards out.
But with the offense misfiring somewhat, Northerns defense knows how
to flex its muscle and shut down the opposition. Northern controlled the action
throughout the contest, giving up very occasional Gull Lake threats, until Gull
Lake seemed to create constant pressure over the last 20 minutes. These 20 minutes
felt like 20 days in the E.R., with rising blood pressures and plummeting oxygen
levels; like running a 5-K while stationery; like having a districtotomy.
With about ten minutes remaining, Blue Devil Devon Bond got a hard shot off
that goalie Jillian Karrick made a great leaping
save on (excellent recovery!), and again with under a minute left in a one-on-one
dual near the right side of the net, where Jill cut off the angle and caused
an errant shot to basically seal the 1-0 shutout win.
McCarthy again defended Bond tightly, and it seemed that Andrea Jones and
Megan Hayes were always there for either the double team or sealing off other
Gull Lake forwards from many serious looks at the net. The rest of the team,
including the midfield, hung tough enough to help the Huskies move to the next
district battle, against and at Battle Creek Lakeview Thursday night at 6pm.
For an excellent write-up in the Gazette by a summer intern from the University
of Syracuse who seems amazingly familiar with Portage Northern sports, click
here. This is good reporting.
JV RECAP: Congrats to the JV players who were brought up for varsity state
tournament action (Kalllie Strazdas, Melissa Trebing, Chelsea Smith).
Car Wash nets $868! Thanks to Jeff Jones for organizing it, and to all
the players and parents who worked. Thanks also to Carlos at the AutoZone on Westnedge
for the soap and sponges.
PN defeats Hackett - 23.May.2008
Austin Melgar Day was celebrated at the Northern/Hackett game Friday night.
It was another opportunity to celebrate the life of the younger brother of JV
player Brianna Melgar, who passed away from a cancer known as neuroblastoma.
Funds were raised for the foundation that hopes to find a cure someday. Besides
the many people who gave support for the family and the foundation on this evening,
we would really like to thank our friends from Hackett, who took up a collection
and made a wonderful donation for the cause. Thanks to all who helped make this
a great evening for a great family.
Nearly every team member contributed on this birthday bash Friday. The birthdays
were spread among generations. Coach Andy Fuehr celebrated his with his 17th
regular season victory; Andrea Jones celebrated her 17th birthday with another
strong defensive performance; and Don Meyer celebrated his by filling the stat
sheet with 17 goals, assists, yellow cards, and ejected fans.
Samantha Kay and Anna Stinson each fired up hat tricks, while Laura Glass and
Sam Pace (unassisted) added one goal each. Those who assisted on these goals
were Kay, Glass, Pace and Stinson, along with Andrea Jones, Krista Clancy and
Natalie McClish. Hackett scored their goal with 17 minutes left in the game
on a long free kick that was headed in by Julie Hamilton.
The Northern defense came close to their 11th shutout, but instead simply denied
The Irish any major threats other than the header goal and one other excellent
shot that goalie Jillian Karrick made a great save on. The Huskie defense will
take a 0.65 goals allowed average into the state tournament.
The Huskies finish the regular season at 17-2-1, outscoring the opposition
86 to 13. The three nicks on the record came against two top ten D-1 schools
and the top ranked D-2 school.
All statistics in these recaps are unofficial, and come to you via a hodge
podge of little scratch pads and interviews with other more observant fans.
District play starts Tuesday night at Northern vs. Gull Lake. The Thursday
and Saturday games of the district will then be at Battle Creek Lakeview for
the team that keeps winning.
JV GAME SUMMARY: The JV's last game of the season took place on a nice Friday
afternoon at home against the Hackett Irish. The first half had the two well
matched teams playing a lot of back and forth, and the half ended with no score
for either team. Twelve minutes into the second half, Hackett was awarded a
direct kick on a penalty just outside the box, and managed to put it past several
bodies and by keeper Sydney Block. Less than 10 minutes later the Irish put
up another point. The Huskies had several good attempts at evening the match.
Hope White made a nice one touch on a pass from Danielle Hirsch that was close.
At one point Melissa Trebing brought the ball in close and the Hackett keeper
made an excellent sliding save, but let the ball squirt away, where Ciara Pinho
got off a shot that went over the net. With 6:25 left on the clock Kallie Strazdas
booted a beautiful lob shot from the right corner of the field to the upper
left corner of the net to put Northern on the board. This fired up the Huskies
and they turned up the intensity. With less than a minute to play, someone (who
was that, anyway?) crashed the goalie hard and she went down. In the ensuing
scramble, Melissa got a foot on the ball and fired it into the upper right corner
of the goal. Thirty-three seconds later the buzzer sounded with a tied score
of 2-2. This ends the JV season with an even .500 record, with 8 wins, 8 losses,
and 2 ties. Congratulations to the JV team: Stephanie Cooper, Kallie Strazdas,
Melissa Trebing, Chelsea Smith, Mataya Lewis, Zoe Hatch, Jenna Long, Ruth Mejia,
Julia Fletcher, Danielle Hirsch, Lauren Barlow, Kristen Launder, Tori Ryan,
Kristen Seymour, Hannah Meyer, Brianna Melgar, Hope White, Sydney Block, Hillary
Bloomfield, and Ciara Pinho. Thank you coach Pat Tetreault!
Huskies Win League Title at PC- 12.May.2008
Jillian Karrick, Cassie VanderSloot, Krista Clancy, Megan Hayes, Samantha Kay,
Mary McCarthy, Rachel Meyer, Erika Jansen, Sidney Helmer, Alicia Conde Lopez,
Liz Bejcek, Samantha Pace, Anna Stinson, Natalie McClish, Laura Glass, Carolyn
Hawkins, Andrea Jones, and Melissa Scafaria. Andy Fuehr, David Groves, Erin
Carlson, and Justin Rhodes. This was a TEAM victory.
The Portage Central field was pristine and the sun and coolness made for perfect
soccer. Central, ranked 4th in D-1, controlled the action for much of the first
25 minutes while Northern, ranked 6th in D-2, showed signs of mounting some
pressure in the last 15 of the first half. It looked like PC would draw first
blood when Paige Wester was taken down in the box for a penalty kick. It seemed
like a clean tackle to every single Northern fan and a clear trip to every single
Central fan. That is the beauty of sports
It takes two to tango. Goalie
Jillian Karrick spent ten seconds thinking about the thing that goalies think
about, and then signaled to the ref she was ready. With a diving lunge to the
left, she timed it perfectly and knocked the kick out for a most memorable save
of a strong and well-placed shot (click
here for photo taken by Bruce Bejcek). Jillian had a game full of
great saves. But Central kept the pressure up and tallied just a few minutes
later on a hard shot that found the back of the net. That settled the first
half, with the Mustangs up 1-0.
Four minutes into the second half, the Mustangs scored again and when you
have been on the low end of the scoreboard for five years in this rivalry
the goal felt like a dagger. But with Central up 2-0, The Big Dawg awoke and
The Huskie Heart started pumping faster. Off a corner kick that just got knocked
around briefly in the goal area, Krista Clancy made a great move to get the
ball out to Natalie McClish, who chose the right time to score her second goal
of the year. Scoring is fun she said. Minutes later, Anna Stinson
worked the ball along the sideline to near the corner, and let fly with a shot
that curled into the far upper corner of the net. Suddenly we had a tie ballgame
and it got much warmer in the stands. Then, with about four minutes left in
the game, Stinson carried the ball into Mustang territory and sent a pass to
Sam Kay, who caught the goalie coming out and snuck a roller past her
rolling toward the goal, and after five long years of waiting, it crossed the
goal line. The Huskies fought off some Central surges down the stretch but held
on for the 3-2 victory and the SMAC championship.
Some factors that helped out in the victory had to be the Kristen Kay Karma
huddle, with parental prayers for Safe Sports for both teams and that each team
play well and the game be fair, and a few other Northern musings. It could also
be the team chant
Hawk, Hawk, Hawk, the Carolyn Hawkins cheer
to pump up the team. Most of all, it was Mary McCarthy, writing letters to all
the coaches of the New York Giants, after Northern lost to PC one month ago.
I was impressed how you beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl; you were
do you have any advice for us? All the coaches wrote
her back, and one even called her to talk to her for 20 minutes. Mary passed
the best pieces of the advice along to all the team before the game (click
here for Gazette article about Mary's Giant advice).
The Huskies had their medal ceremony at Ritters, with each medal topped with
whipped cream and a cherry!
And so goes another classic, hard fought, one-goal differential game in the
Portage soccer arena. Good luck to the Mustang players in their quest to move
through the D-1 tournament toward a state title.
JV GAME SUMMARY: Northern traveled to Mustang territory to face off on the night
of the SMAC conference finals. The Huskies fought hard today, and had a much better
showing than the first time they took on PC. Northern kept the Mustangs scoreless
until 21:14, when a crossed ball was popped in past keeper Sydney Block. Northern's
defense was put to the test and did a commendable job. Brianna Melgar and Julia
Fletcher saved the day numerous times. With 12 minutes half, and PC attacker shot
a hard grounder over the line for their 2nd goal. The Huskies continued their
defensive play in the second half and kept the score down until 22 minutes into
play, when a Mustang managed to get to a loose ball in the box and find the net.
Even though Northern fell to PC 3-0, they can be proud of the fantastic improvements
they have made over the course of the season. Lookin' good Huskies! PS: AWESOME
GAME, VARSITY!! THE JV IS PROUD OF YOU!!
|While this was truly a total team victory that
EVERYONE contributed mightily to, goalkeeper Jillian Karrick earns the game
ball by making nine big saves and snuffing out many other attacks despite
a strong physical presence by the Mustangs. Great game Jillian and great
To read Kalamazoo Gazette article, click
PN wins over Sturgis - 19.May.2008
The Steel Curtain of the 70's. Da Bears of the mid-80's. The Ravens of the
late 90's. The Huskies of 2008. The question of the greatest defenses ever rages
on. The Secretaries of Defense fired their second consecutive one-shot-on goal
game at an opponent, and like Nolan Ryan in his prime, recorded their fourth
Jillian Karrick, who is the only player in the area with two coaches all to
herself, was in goal for her 10th shutout. The defense in front of her has been
stupendous, and the entire unit contributes along the way. Erika Jansen had
a series of three successive defensive gems during a one minute span of action
in the second half. Cassie VanderSloot controlled the ball and rattled the opposition
with her toughness throughout the contest. Andrea Jones played another game
of solid defense to help in the shutout.
The offense started out sluggish, but pummeled the goal with many attempts
in the latter part of the first half. The Sturgis goalie, who stopped 20 shots
on goal against the Huskies a few weeks ago, again had a remarkable game with
16 saves, including some true gems. But the Huskies did break through twice
in the half, with Anna Stinson scoring two goals; one coming on an assist from
Mary McCarthy. Northern led 2-0 at the half after a 13-0 shots on goal advantage.
The Huskies wasted little time in the second half. Only 14 seconds elapsed
before Stinson found the goal off a perfect cross from Sam Pace. Shortly after
that Stinson tallied her fourth goal off a pass from Megan Hayes, who dropped
a perfect lob over the defense. The Huskies were looking good all over the field,
and even one of the Husky photographers got into the action by trapping an errant
shot behind the net and one-timing it back to the 'keeper.
Northern scored twice more to complete the 6-0 shutout. Sidney Helmer scored
off yet another assist from Sam Pace, and Cassie VanderSloot knocked in a header
off a pinpoint corner from Laura Glass, who also hit a long free kick just off
the crossbar. Glass had precision accuracy on passes and corners in this game.
Game Burger goes to the operators of Chez Huskie: Betty Trebing and Sharon
Strazdas, for going way beyond the call of duty to organize the concessions
and grill areas for the season. Hold up your hot chocolate and lets toast
to the Chez Duo.
Northern commutes to Southern Portage Wednesday night for a slightly large
game with Portage Central. A crowd of over 10,000 is expected, so come early.
JV GAME SUMMARY: For the second time this season, Northern took on Sturgis
at home, and for the second time came out victorious. Two and a half minutes
into the 1st half Kallie Strazdas crossed the ball to Melissa Trebing, who settled
it and gave a quick relay to Ciara Pinho, who fired it past the Trojan goalie.
Less than two minutes later, Julia Fletcher got the ball deep in Husky territory
and popped it way back down field. Ciara put on the turbos to beat out a Sturgis
defender and bury it in the net. Four minutes later Mel picked up a high arcing
pass from Kallie, and smoothly put it past the keeper. Ciara was not finished
yet. With 12 minutes left in the half she broke free of a couple defenders in
front of the net and scored her third goal of the game. Can you say HAT TRICK?!
Kristen Launder was working hard on defense and helped to keep Sturgis scoreless
in the first half. Early in the second half a hard shot in the upper corner
of the net ended Northern's bid for a shutout, but keeper Sydney Block made
several sweet saves. Play continued back and forth with neither team giving
in, until with just 38 seconds left on the clock Lauren Barlow fought off several
Trojans, brought the ball to the far side of the net and made a hard shot from
a wide angle, across the front of the goal and sunk it cleanly. The buzzer sounded
with the Huskies winning this semi-final SMAC tournament game 5-1. The finals
are Wednesday. Let's bring it on, ladies!
Portage Northern Defeats Plainwell - 16.May.2008
The Plainwell Trojans came to Portage without any Plainwell Ice Cream, and
that made the Huskies mad. Plainwell did bring a 12-2 record and a tradition
of toughness and talent, and that made the Huskies ready. It was the first time
the teams have met since their overtime game in last year's regional.
The Huskies forced the action early, just missing on about four fairly open
shots in the first ten minutes, including a header off the crossbar. But 16
minutes into the game, Sidney Helmer made a beautiful cross to Anna Stinson,
who sent it into the goal for a 1-0 lead. Eight minutes later a Laura Glass
corner kick somehow found its way to the middle of the pack, where Stinson one-timed
it to the braided polyethylene for a 2 goal lead. Then, Sammy Kay, who worked
her way to about three earlier shots that just missed, took a pass from Sam
Pace and snuck a shot just inside the left post as the goalie tried to get back
into position. The Huskies led 3-0 at the half.
Some fans noticed that Samantha Kay may have NOT smiled for a few seconds in
the first half for the first time this season, but it turned out she had a piece
of grass in her teeth and was trying to remove it with her tongue, creating
a smirk-like look. Officially, her smile streak is still intact.
The second half saw Northern increase the pressure and Plainwell lose a little
steam. The Huskies scored five more times to complete an 8-0 victory. Sam Kay
put a superb pass into the middle where Sidney Helmer trapped the ball perfectly,
turned and gunned for the score. Then Stinson finished off her hat trick by
catching a bouncing ball from Rachel Meyer and blasting it into the net. Then
a familiar connection: Sam Pace to Kay for the sixth goal. Alicia Conde-Lopez
assisted Pace on the next score with a thread-the-needle pass.
Jillian Karrick then made a great save on Plainwell's only shot on goal of
the night to preserve her shutout. Northern outshot the Trojans 13 to 1. The
defense seemed to always be in position and totally squelched any offensive
threats. The Huskies then finished the contest with a Mary Nothing McCarthy
nifty pass to Rachel Meyer, who put on an even niftier move to get around a
defender and then beat the Trojan goalie for the 8th and final goal.
Mary "Nothing" McCarthy. You see, when Mary was 3 years
old, she hated her middle name (Elizabeth), so she would tell people "my
name is Mary Nothing McCarthy".
The Huskies go to 14-2-1. PN hosts a SMAC tournament game vs. Sturgis on Monday,
and if victorious, will most likely travel across town to play Portage Central
JV GAME SUMMARY: Finally! A sunny warm day for soccer. The Plainwell Trojans
came to Husky town and met their match. The starting whistle sounded, Kallie
Strazdas took the ball down field, crossed it in front to Hannah Meyer, who
passed it back by the goalie, and Ciara Pinho finished it off for the 1st goal
of the game with little more than 30 seconds off the clock. About ten minutes
later Melissa Trebing picked up a nice cross from Ciara, and started her shooting
onslaught. She fired across the net, hit the left post and it caromed in for
the Huskies second goal. The Trojans were a scrappy team, and made the Huskies
work for every shot. At one point, after an obstruction call, Plainwell was
given a direct kick about 20 feet in front of the net. The Husky 'wall' was
too much for them though, and they failed to score. About 22 minutes into the
half Kallie made another sweet cross that started a scramble in front of the
net, where Mataya connected with it and fired it to the back of the net. Northern's
defenders were hard at work. Stephanie Cooper, Lauren Barlow and Julia Fletcher
all helped keep the Trojans scoreless in the first half. Tori Ryan was solid
at midfield, and Hillary Bloomfield played aggressively, connecting on a nice
header to keep the ball in play. Early in the second half a Plainwell player
blocked a hard shot--with her nose! Ouch, that hurts, but please don't get any
blood on our NEW white shorts! The Huskies had their own nose injury when Jenna
Long caught a spherical projectile object on the schnoz. Don't worry Jenna,
it's still straight, and beautiful! As noted, Melissa Trebing was on a shooting
tear today. Her second goal of the game came after she broke away from a Trojan
defender, and shot it through the keeper's fingers. With about 13 minutes to
go in the game, she made a beautiful chip shot over the goalies head to give
the Huskies their fifth goal and herself a hat trick. Good game, Mel! Plainwell
was not giving up, though, and late into the half a speedy Trojan got a breakaway
and got the ball past Sydney for a score. Another couple minutes passed and
the same fiesty Trojan got past our defenders and shot it hard into the net.
The game wrapped with a score of 5-2, and another Husky win, to give the JV
a current record of 7 wins, 7 losses, and 2 ties. That's a .500 season so far.
If only the Tigers could claim such a feat!
Samantha Pace battles Plainwell standout
Kayla Snyder for the ball in second half action Friday night
Taking a page from the New England Patriots'
playbook, Andy uses the ball girls to phone in plays from the far side
of the field
Anna Stinson puts one of her patented
cutback moves on a Battle Creek Lakeview defender Wednesday night
Huskies Win Conference Opener - 14.May.2008
A grill fire during the JV game got the Huskies smoking tonight. Northern burnt
the net numerous times in this game, and Lakeview mustard felt like they were
trying to ketchup all night. Lettuce all enjoy this excellent Huskie soccer,
and relish the time we have to cheer these hard working young ladies. I'm just
pickled pink to be able to bring you these high quality game recaps.
Northern attacked early, and about seven minutes in, Sam Pace took a hard shot
that Lakeview goalie Nicole Bentz made a great save on. But just a few seconds
later Pace took a pass from Anna Stinson and wasn't denied on the subsequent
blast. Later in the first half Alicia Conde-Lopez played a beautiful flick pass
to Stinson who buried the shot in the left corner of the net. Conde-Lopez also
had a long shot that just missed the far post. The Huskies had tremendous ball
movement throughout this game, creating numerous opportunities and wearing down
the opposition. But even though Lakeview generated only one opportunity in the
first half off a corner kick, they still made it to the half only down 0-2.
Minutes into the second half Stinson fed Megan Hayes near the Portage Post
Office with Megan one-timing the long-range rocket just inside the cross bar.
Moments later, it was the Sambination: Sam Pace with a perfect pass to
Sam Kay, who used her speed to get into a one-on-one with the goalie and snuck
it into the open net for a 4-0 Huskie lead. The final score came off a Laura
Glass corner kick, which after a brief scrum in front of the goal, was muscled
into the net by Sam Kay to complete the 5-0 victory. Carolyn Hawkins generated
two excellent crosses and a couple of shots in her second half effort.
Jillian Karrick notched her 8th shutout of the season (and is only seven goals
away from having seven other shutouts!). Shutouts come with a BIG assist from
a very stingy defense. The Huskie "D" is allowing just 0.6 goals per
game. Mary McCarthy, Andrea Jones, Megan Hayes, Laura Glass, Melissa Scafaria
and Erika Jansen create The Wall. Jansen played her usual smart defense and
contributed on the offensive end as well.
Cassie VanderSloot, Krista Clancy, Rachel Meyer, Sidney Helmer and Natalie
McClish worked the midfield to contribute to the defensive effort and each contributed
in a big way to the win tonight.
The Huskies take a 13-2-1 record into Friday's game with Plainwell, a rematch
of last year's regional tournament OT game.
JV GAME SUMMARY: Is it EVER going to get warm here? Northern went up against
Battle Creek Lakeview on a cold, gray Wednesday afternoon. The Huskies came
out strong, though, and dominated play much of the game. The home team put pressure
on the Spartan goalie immediately. Taking shots were Hope White, Lauren Barlow,
Melissa Trebing and Mataya Lewis. Kallie Strazdas scored the first Husky goal
about 10 minutes into the half. Sharp play continued and with 2 minutes left
in the half Kallie scored her second goal of the game, with the assist going
to Melissa. The half ended with not a single shot being taken at Husky keeper
Sydney Block. Northern started the second half just as strong. Just 2 1/2 minutes
in, Melissa sent a cross into the box to Ciara Pinho, who finessed it past the
Lakeview keeper and into the net. Sydney had a little more work to do in the
goal during the second half, when Lakeview was able to get off a few shots,
but she handled all with no problems. The Huskies kept up their offense, and
at one point Ruth Mejia got so fired up she tried to wrestle the Spartan goalie
for the ball! Too bad the keeper was able to hold onto it. It looked as though
the scoring was over, until with just 49 seconds left on the clock, Danielle
Hirsch brought the ball down field and shot it through the keeper's fingers
and into the net. The game ended in a 4-0 win for Northern. Lookin' good ladies.
Husky Squads Victorious Over Vikings - 12.May.2008
PN came away with a 6-0 victory at Niles Monday evening, and await the results
of other crossover games to find out who their first-round SMAC Tournament opponent
will be Wednesday. In the first half, the Huskies controlled play, but could
not find the back of the net, and the halftime score was 0-0. In the second
half, it looked like the girls picked up the pace of play, made quicker decisions,
and were more determined to finish, as they scored six times in succession.
Samantha Pace and Samantha Kay each scored twice, with Cassie VanderSloot and
Alicia Conde-Lopez also scoring. There were six assists with Conde-Lopez contribuing
two, and Krista Clancy, Sidney Helmer, Rachel Meyer, and Mary McCarthy also
assisting. Jillian Karrick and the defense notched yet another shutout.
JV GAME SUMMARY: The Huskies took a long road trip to Niles to take on the
Vikings on their home turf. Northern played well, and kept the ball in the Viking's
end a good share of the game. Hope White was really on her game today. She took
a long, arcing shot, just for practice, I guess, and then at 12 and a half minutes
into the game got off her "real" shot to score Northern's first goal.
The assist went to Danielle Hirsch. A host of Huskies took their chance at the
Viking goalie, including Lauren Barlow, Mataya Lewis and Kallie Strazdas. With
four minutes left in the 1st half Mataya capitalized on a rebound off the keeper,
to give the orange their second goal. Niles did threaten a time or two, and
in one scramble in front of the Husky net it looked as though they may get one,
but Northern keeper Sydney Block , with some help from her defense, was able
to get to a rebound and protect her net. Whew! The half ended with Northern
two goals ahead. The Huskies played the second half with a lot of energy. Several
players got in on the shooting action. Hope White started the assault with a
grounder the keeper was just able to snag, and Mataya fired a rocket just wide
of the net. Niles fought back, and booted a "dump and run" into Husky
territory, which they caught up with and were able to slip past keeper Sydney
Block to close the Huskies lead to just one. Not for long though. Back in the
Viking's end, Melissa Trebing placed a perfect corner kick smack in front of
the goal, where Kallie Strazdas put her new "full 90" helmet to use,
and made a beautiful header shot over the keeper to give the Huskies their third
goal of the game. I must say, the Niles keeper did her job pretty well, saving
shots from Melissa, Ruth Mejia, and Zoe Hatch. She couldn't however, make the
save on Ciara Pinho's shot. After receiving a pass from Lauren Barlow, Ciara
tore off down field in a breakaway and chipped the ball over the keeper's outstretched
arms. This recorded Northern's final goal of the game, to give the Huskies the
win with a score of 4-1. Good job girls!
Alumni Game Fun for All - 9.May.2008
Friday, May 9th, those recent PN Lady Huskie soccer alumni players who are
still in shape (well, enough to make some runs) came back for the Husky Alumni
Game. The alumni team included some soon-to-be alumni (the four current Husky
seniors) along with a sibling of a current alumni player. Several JV players
made up for the loss of these five varsity players.
Coach Andy Fuehr, who made some questionable substitutions and formations
to defend against an Alumni unit, that according to him "needed more conditioning
so that we could actually complete two 30-minute halves". "It was
World Cup intensity out there tonight", commented the Coach, who drew a
yellow card after the game for taking TWO grilled cheeseburgers.
Kaitlyn Doud (UofM) broke the scoreless tie midway through the cardiovascularly-shortened
second half, while fending off a defender and still hitting a great shot to
the far post. "Amazing!" she said. "The only goal in my Northern
career", as she choked back tears. Marietta McCarthy, an unknown player
from the past, scored the other goal for the Alumni with 30 seconds left in
Anna Caplis (UofM) assisted on the second goal. She showed she still
looks like a harmless little sweety, but reminded us of her toughness by shoving
Natalie McClish to the ground.
Sarah Meyer (MSU) dominated the mid-field, and still pulled off
a few step-over moves without any serious injury. "I enjoyed playing with
(schooling) my sister" she said.
Brook Sommers (MSU) enjoyed "just getting back on the field",
and like the other alumni, she showed she still has some good moves.
Molly Brooks (MSU) recorded the shutout for the Alumni team. When
asked how she felt about the shutout, she talked of resurrecting her scrapbook
standard; the norm"!
Sarah Bouali (KVCC) looked faster and tougher than ever
her self-analysis was not as promising. "I sucked!"
Sarah Schostarez (Wooster College soccer player) still seemed in
top playing shape as she controlled the midfield even though she confessed "I
Man in the Booth Tom Weissert summed up Husky Pride after the Alumni Game:
"I was just happy not to see any aluminum walker devices or alumni buffed
up from doing hard time".
PN Wins at Gull Lake - 8.May.2008
Northern traveled to Gull Lake, who apparently just voted down a millage request
for a new lawn mower for the soccer field. Gull Lake was sporting an impressive
win-loss record coming into the game, and always brings tough competition to
the annual contests with the Huskies.
Northern got on the board two times in the first half in almost identical fashion.
Megan Hayes, who seemed to be in the right place at the right time all night
on defense, found time to dish up a couple of long assists. Samantha Kay was
at the receiving end of both assists. The first (15 minutes into the game) was
from just left of the net, when she was drilled by a defensive player but still
managed to get a solid foot on the ball and rip it into and then off of the
goalie and into the net. The next was a longer run, all the while giving the
defender a piggy back ride for about 40 yards before once again getting enough
juice on the ball to blast it by the goalie (see photo sequence below).
Northern seemed to dominate the action in the first half and into the second.
But a dozen shots slithered around and over the goal. Devon Bond, Gull Lake's
big threat, finally broke loose and scored with about 20 minutes remaining.
Mary McCarthy, always defending the opponent's main threat, did a great job
containing Bond the entire game. The goal made the last 20 minutes very interesting,
but the Huskies held on for the 2-1 win.
Northern had a couple players injured and defender Andrea Jones came out with
a bum knee early in the game. Some players played for many more minutes than
usual and stepped up big to preserve the awesome team victory.
Game ball goes to Jeff Jones, who wore shorts without shaking while others
donned their winter coats.
JV GAME SUMMARY: Northern traveled to Gull Lake to take on the Blue Devils
on a chilly Thursday afternoon. The Devils, however, were HOT! It was all Gull
Lake in the first half, as they scored the first of four goals just a minute
and a half into play time, and then following that about 5 minutes later with
their second goal. Ten minutes after that they got a shot up high over Northern
Keeper Sydney Block's head and into the upper corner to add to their total.
Their last goal came off a chip shot from the middle of the box. At this point
the Huskies finally said, "Hey, I think we better pick it up a bit!"
They turned up the intensity late into the half, and then came out in the second
half like a different, and much more spirited team. What did you say to them
at half time, Pat? Whatever it was, it worked! From the start of the second
half, they played hard, and threatened to score immediately. Just 3 minutes
into the half the Huskies got on the board when Danielle Hirsch converted on
a relay from Lauren Barlow, who had collected a pass from Kallie Strazdas. Good
teamwork ladies! It was also great to see Brianna Melgar doing a great job out
there. She had a sweet free kick that just missed, and then another one that
was beautiful, but sailed just over the net. Keep shooting, Bri. Brianna, along
with Stephanie Cooper, Jenna Long, and Julia Fletcher dominated on defense to
keep the Blue Devils off the scoreboard completely in the second half. Though
this "second half" Huskie team really came out to play,and gave it
their all for the full 35 minutes, they were unable to overcome the deficit,
and unfortunately fell to a strong Gull Lake team with a score of 4-1.
Huskies Over Falcons - 6.May.2008
When the Big Red come to town, the fans order their burgers a little more rare
because this ain't gonna be a game for wimps. East Kentwood may be a little
younger than a few of their state-ranked teams of late, but they brought talent
and ferocity that Northern had to rise up to. Ten minutes into the game, EK
sent a message with a long 65 foot, 8 inch blast off a free kick that found
a ball size space above the arms of goalie Jillian Karrick and just kissing
the crossbar. This did not sit well with the Jillster, and she protected the
goal like a lion protecting its young the rest of the game. EK's lead did not
One minute later Anna Stinson picked up a ball delivered by Sam Pace near the
top of the box and sent in a bullet that ricocheted (thank you Spellchecker)
off a defender and into the net to tie the game. The game from that point until
halftime was very even, very physical and back and forth.
Halftime again found Marian Hawkins trying desperately to sell Wenke Bucks,
even offering specials like "Buy a ten dollar certificate for ten bucks
and get the second ten dollar certificate for only ten bucks more". Thanks
to all of our volunteers for making the program blossom.
The second half action gave Husky fans a serious treat
perhaps the best
half of soccer this year. The Huskies controlled the action throughout the half.
Sam "Stay out of My Face, I'll put You in Your Place, Do you really want
to Race, You want to see my Trophy Case" Pace played her usual ALL-OUT
game to the joy of the fans. Natalie McClish worked the corner late in the game
creating numerous exciting moments, and if Larry and Joyce had taught her not
to be so considerate and unselfish, she could have scored many goals! Northern
attacked the net with multiple opportunities, and ended up connecting on two
to complete the 3-1 victory. Rachel Meyer found Stinson alone near the top of
the box for the game winner. The third goal came shortly after when Laura Glass
dribbled (yes, she is the point guard in basketball also) along the sideline,
did a stutter-step, freeze the defender, see ya later, and from the corner put
a long GPS-guided cross to the very tip of Stinson's toe
The defense gave up just one goal for the 6th time this season, to go along
with six shutouts. The only multiple goal game (3) has come at the hands of
FH Northern, perhaps the state's best. Andrea Jones played strong at that end,
and her combination of speed and size again was a deterrent for opposing forwards
to close in on the goal. Cassie "You think I'm Small, You have another
Thing Coming" VanderSloot also put together defensive maneuvers that have
become a consistent force on the defensive end.
Northern moves to 10-2-1 on the year, and will travel to Gull Lake (away) on
Thursday to Bond with another tough opponent with a similar record.
JV GAME SUMMARY: Hmmm. This was a bit of a frustrating game. As coach Pat said,
"We should have won it." Still, there was some good action out there.
Both teams were kept scoreless in the first half, with Northern players Mataya
Lewis, Kallie Strazdas, and Melissa Trebing all having a go at it, but the Falcon
goalie made some nice saves. Northern goalie Sydney Block made a couple good
stops herself. Defenders Lauren Barlow and Samantha Cooper played tough all
day long, and Hillary Bloomfield showed some great hustle at forward. In the
second half Sydney made a gorgeous tip up off her finger tips to send a Falcon
shot safely over the net. The Huskies battled, and had some loose ball scrambles
in front of the E. Kentwood goal, but were unable to finish it off. With 15
minutes to go on the clock East Kentwood did capitalize on a ball bouncing around
in front of the Northern goal to put the first score on the board. Just 2 minutes
later a Falcon forward sent a long lob ball high into the upper corner for their
second goal. Three minutes after that, an aggressive Ciara Pinho answered back
for the Huskies when she picked off a cross from Kallie Strazdas and sent it
to the back of the net. Northern fought hard till the end, but unfortunately
fell to the Falcons by a score of 2-1. This was our second game in as many days,
and whether or not we didn't have as much energy as we might have, I know we'll
pick it up next time! Go Huskies!
PN Cruises by Sturgis - 5.May.2008
It was senior night Monday night at the Husky soccer complex. And we're not
talking about Tom, Al and Tim. We're talking about Alicia Conde Lopez, forward
and foreign exchange student. She will be heading back to Spain for a final
year of high school. We're talking about Liz Bejcek, also a forward and Purdue
bound. We're talking Carolyn Hawkins, another forward who is heading toward
the Illinois Institute of Art. Finally, Mary McCarthy, who will head down I-94
to UofM. The three 4-year Northern seniors all are "highest honor"
students. Good luck seniors, and THANK YOU!
On the most beautiful of soccer evenings, the Huskies hosted Sturgis in an
East Crossover matchup. In the crowd on this night was Jeff Crystal, celebrating
his 54th birthday the same way everyone wants to celebrate their birthday
Huskie soccer. Northern started quickly with Sam Kay taking the opening tip
and racing off to a shot on goal in the first ten seconds. It took the Huskies
five minutes to find the back of the net though with Anna Stinson crossing the
ball into Krista Clancy, who finished just like she has many times this season.
Then five minutes later Samantha Kay placed a perfect through-ball that Stinson
caught up to and sneaked past the Sturgis goalie for a 2-0 lead. Stinson then
scooped up a loose ball at about the 18 and placed the ball just over the keeper's
head for a 3-0 lead at the half.
Halftime saw the ball-girls (spherical projectile retrieval specialists) race
to Chez Husky for their free drink and candy, and Marian Hawkins hawkin Wenke
Bucks to the obviously non-gardening crowd. Carolyn Hawkins played a nice second
half, but at one point mixed it up rather roughly with an opponent. One would
think Carolyn would never be mean to anyone, but Marian reminds us of when Carolyn
was just two years old and being rather naughty at the table during a holiday
meal with about 20 other people. Father Jeff said sternly, "Carolyn, do
you need to be removed from this table?" Carolyn replied, "NO JEFF,
I think YOU need to be removed from the table"!
The 3-0 halftime score held for 15 minutes into the second half, when Stinson
scored twice in a few minutes, both unassisted, with one coming on a 35-yard
ball from the sideline that found the far side of the net. Stinson's four goals
represented a Sombrero-Trick (on Cinco de Mayo). Kay then scored off an assist
by Sidney Helmer, who had numerous crosses and forced corners. Sam Pace scored
the final goal unassisted by blowing between two defenders and then beating
the goalie. The Sturgis goalie had many great saves, but the 20 to 3 Husky shots
on goal advantage were just too much to handle. The final score was 7-0.
Jillian Karrick worked the shutout in goal, with the defense squelching any
serious penetration by Sturgis. Megan Hayes played tough in D, and did a lot
of those foot-things that she does that would tie most mortals into knots. Melissa
Scafaria played well at the defensive end as well in helping the defensive cause,
along with the usual Guards of the Goal.
JV GAME SUMMARY: Wow--another beautiful day for soccer when Northern hosted
The Sturgis Trojans in the SMAC east crossover game. The JV Huskies dominated
play for most of the game, with several different players contributing. In the
1st half Ruth Mejia, Ciara Pinho, and Kallie Strazdas all got shots off to put
the Strugis goalie to the test. About 10 minutes into play Lauren Barlow made
an unassisted goal, and followed that about 5 minutes later with an assist to
Mataya Lewis who fired it past the keeper to put the Huskies second point on
the board. Less than three minutes later Melissa Trebing made good on a breakaway
to increase the score to 3-0. Julia Fletcher and Stephanie Cooper helped keep
it out of the Huskie end with some terrific defensive play. In the second half
the Trojan keeper made at least 9 saves on shots from Danielle Hirsch, Kallie,
Lauren, Ciara, Mataya and Ruth, who crashed the goalie so hard her shoe flew
off! Danielle scored Northern's lone goal of the half. Jenna Long, Tori Ryan
and Kristen Seymour all did a great job on defense. The Trojans picked up their
play late in the second half, becoming much more aggressive. With only 4:22
left in the game they were able to get one past Huskie goalie Sydney Block,
but it was too little, too late for them, and the game ended with a 4 to 1 win
for Northern. Nice game girls!
PN Defeats Vicksburg - 2.May.2008
The Huskies showed some diversity Friday evening with six different girls scoring
in a 7-1 victory over the Vicksburg Bulldogs. Goals were tallied by Anna Stinson
who had two, Samantha Kay, Sidney Helmer, Rachel Meyer, Krista Clancy, and Megan
Hayes. Assists were notched by Kay, Stinson, and Mary McCarthy twice. The players
met coach Andy Fuehr's challenge to convert on corner kick opportunities by
scoring three times on corner kicks (two from McCarthy and one from Stinson
with Kay, Helmer, and Stinson the finishers), with several other near misses.
Way to be more aggressive Huskies!
JV GAME SUMMARY: The JV Huskies faced off against the Bulldogs of Vicksburg
on a windy, windy afternoon at the Northern field. It looked as though the home
team was going to dominate, but the Bulldogs got aggressive and were able get
the ball past a diving Sydney Block, and put it in for the first goal of the
game. The Huskies fought back and threatened several times. Melissa Trebing
fired a shot just wide, and Ciara Pinho put just a little too much mustard on
a couple of shots that sailed with the wind over top of the net. The first half
ended with Northern trailing 1-0. The second half had the Huskies going against
the wind, but it didn't seem to hinder them. Lauren Barlow was fired up! She
made at least two great runs, taking the ball past several Vicksburg defenders
all the way down the field and ripping off a shot that crossed just wide of
the goal. Kallie Strazdas hustled her tail off the whole game, making numerous
nice crosses. With about six minutes remaining in the game, she placed a crossed
ball in front of the net, where Daniell Hirsch was waiting to finish it, to
put one on the board for Northern. These two teams were pretty evenly matched,
although Northern did out shoot Vicksburg by about a two to one ratio. The final
score, however, didn't reflect this. Oh well, that's soccer for you! Keep playing
Huskies Outduel Knights - 30.Apr.2008
Of course everyone wants to win. Sometimes most of us get caught up at some
point in feeling like we deserve to win; we HAVE to win. But what
most players really want is to simply play soccer, have
fun with their team, go to team dinners, and enjoy competition. Parents mostly
just want to see their kids have fun, be involved, get exercise, and
well, just be healthy.
A lot of times we take our health for granted. Today Portage put to rest
a young boy who loved the game of soccer, but whose health got in the way of
scoring goals. Seven year old Austin Melgar scored in a big way though, with
a big heart and fight that the Huskie soccer community will not forget. Many
of our players had Austin's name written on their tape tonight. A full church
at St. Catherine's parish witnessed a celebration of Austin's life at a most
beautiful mass. Score one for Hope, Faith and Love
goal by Austin Melgar!
Oh yes, the game. Four local 7- and 8-year old club and AYSO teams brought
their game faces to the Northern Soccer Complex and played for 15 minutes between
the JV and Varsity games. To the winners went the spoils
item for a buck or less. To the losers
the same thing of course. The youngsters
lined up for the National Anthem with the Big Girls, and then ran over to the
fans with the Varsity, loving every step of the way. Witnesses spotted a minimum
of four future Huskie All-Staters amongst the Littles.
The varsity game started out in the first minute when freshman Sam Kay burst
between two defenders at the 18 leaving her to only beat the goalie. But a defender
grabbed the back of her shirt and it stretched out so far the ref thought "no
shirt can stretch that far, so I must be seeing things". Sam sprang backward
in a freak act of nature and the score remained zero-zero. Although Northern
dominated the half, with nine first half corner kicks and about a similar amount
of other scoring chances, the game remained scoreless at the half. Norrix had
one great opportunity to take the lead with one minute left in the half on a
breakaway, but the Knight shot just wide and a huge sigh rang through the grill
Finally, five minutes into the second half Cassie VanderSloot stroked a soft
nine iron just over the goalie's head for the first score of the game. A short
time later Erika Jansen came off the bench and said "Here ladies, let me
show you how to finish off a corner kick" and did just that, giving the
Huskies a 2-0 lead. Both goals were assisted by Mary "Don't Mess With Me
Because I Have a Black Belt in Karate" McCarthy.
Norrix, who came into the game 5-1-2, dodged a ton of bullets, and fought to
stick around long enough to make the game extremely close at the end. They scored
on their own lob shot with just over two minutes left, then got a free kick
from near the corner with 30 seconds left and a golden opportunity to shock
the Huskies with late game heroics, but Northern held on for the win.
Andrea Jones did a great job on being aggressive on defense and fighting for
corner kicks. Freshman Laura Glass controlled the defensive midfield and distributed
the ball with accuracy all night. Natalie McClish and Sidney Helmer both beat
defenders multiple times and fired up perfect crosses that just weren't finished.
Megan Hayes ran down any defender even thinking about breaking free. Sam Pace,
who coaches one of the young teams that played earlier in the evening, played
with serious authority on this night, winning most balls in her vicinity. She
looked like Rocky after the game with her young girls' team members running
behind her all over the field. Way to go, Sammy.
JV GAME SUMMARY: The JV finally had their first regular season home game when
they faced the Loy Norrix Knights on a beautiful afternoon for soccer. The Huskies
dominated play in the first half, with Melissa Trebing, Mataya Lewis, Danielle
Hirsch, Hannah Meyer, Hope White and Ciara Pinho all taking shots on goal. With
about 10 minutes remaining in the half, Ciara scored after picking up a nice
cross from Melissa. Defender Julia Fletcher was on her game today, several times
sending the ball up to her teammates in the Knights' end of the field. It was
more of the same aggressive play by the Huskies in the second half. The girls
again took several shots and worked hard on defense. Ruth Mejia scored on a
cross from Kallie Strazdas to put Northern ahead 2-0. A bit later, Kallie kicked
a long shot from outside the right side of the box. It hit the left post and
caromed into the net to give the Huskies another goal. Northern ended the game
with a 3-0 win, with Sydney Block getting the shutout. Way to go ladies!
Home on Friday vs. Vicksburg. Good Job Huskies!
April 30th was Youth Soccer Night. During their scrimmages, the girls showed
us some good skill! Fans are happy that the future of soccer in Portage looks
Battle Creek Central - 28.Apr.2008
On a night when the stands were filled with Umbrella-Envy, Portage Northern
hosted (another word for Home Game) Battle Creek Central. The game was originally
scheduled for Battle Creek, but
oh, never mind.
The Bearcats brought a very young and inexperienced team to Portage, and although
the Battle Creek school does not have a history of strength in their soccer
program, they had the heart to play tough to the end in the cold rain. Their
goalie had 20 saves, at least half of which were excellent, especially considering
the conditions. This helped BC stretch the game, an 8-0 PN victory, into the
second half. The game was stopped after 50 minutes of action.
The Huskies spent the majority of the contest on the offensive end, working
in a variety of shots. Sam Pace put together her second hat trick of the year.
Her first goal came off an assist by Rachel Meyer to start the scoring. She
added an unassisted goal later in the first half and ended the shortened contest
with a second half goal, again unassisted, ten minutes after halftime.
¿Alicia Conde Lopez rayó un objetivo que hizo el marcador va
de cuatro a nueve; podría ser esto alguna clase de rayar de tasa de cambio
entre el dólar y el euro?
(Alicia Conde Lopez scored a goal that made the scoreboard go from four
to nine; could this be some kind of exchange rate scoring between the dollar
and the Euro?) assist by Sidney Helmer.
Sam Kay added two goals in the contest, in the first half unassisted and early
in the second half off another assist from Meyer. Sammy then had to witness
her parents doing a special victory dance after the game, and she may have to
miss a couple games to get over the trauma.
The other two tallies included Krista Clancy finding the net off a perfect
corner kick by Mary McCarthy, and Laura Glass starting the second half scoring
by finishing off a Sam Pace pass.
Northern continues it home game parade Wednesday against a tough Loy Norrix
team and on Friday in a rematch with Vicksburg.
Forest Hills Central Shows Why They're No 1 - 25.Apr.2008
Florence Joyner. Marion Jones. Claire Stachel. Yah, but lets see Flo Jo and
Ma Jo run that fast while dribbling a soccer ball! Dream Teamer Claire "Are
you ever going to graduate" Stachel got free and scored for FHC fifty seconds
into Northern's game with the Rangers Friday night. Central fans kicked back
with their popcorn and thought at this rate, we will win 80-0.
But 15 minutes later, with the same score, Anna Stinson hit the crossbar with
a long blast after the goalie just got a hand on the ball, and the defense settled
and late in the half it was still just 1-0. It felt like a good break
was all the Huskies needed to maybe take the defending state champs down to
the wire. A few minutes before the half, however, U of M bound Stachel just
got through a couple of defenders and staked the Rangers to a 2-0 lead at the
On this night, the Huskies had their own studly Dream Teamer (as voted on by
a panel of abused offensive opponents) in Mary McCarthy. Mary had the task of
marking Stachel and helped keep the Huskies within striking distance by not
allowing her to free up enough to get any second half tallies. The entire defense
played well again, and although bending occasionally, stopped the Rangers many
times from getting off good shots. When they did, goal keeper Jillian Karrick
made numerous nice saves in the second half (ending with 11 saves).
Just as they did against Portage Central earlier in the week, the Huskies controlled
the action markedly over a ten minute span in the middle of the second half.
A couple of corner kicks, and a couple of shots just missed the mark. One of
the chances came on a Laura Glass serve off a reset that Cassie VanderSloot
redirected in midair
but directly to the goalie. Glass also had the third
shot on goal for the Huskies, who were out shot 14 to 3. FHC also dominated
in one other category, committing 16 fouls to Northern's 2
don't we get
a couple of free throws or something?
FHC scored a third goal with about 18 minutes remaining on a long screwball
against the wind, which put the dagger in the momentum that the Huskies seemed
to be mounting. The players may have been disappointed to lose 3-0, but they
played against the best in Michigan and were just a few breaks from playing
right with the best.
JV GAME SUMMARY: Let's see...the bus got lost on the way to the field, the
wind was blowing so hard they had to delay the start of the game to scrounge
up some weights to hold the net down, and there were no seats for the fans!
On the plus side, Forest Hills Central's practice field, where the JV played,
was a really nice turf field and the view overlooking the valley was beautiful.
Oh yeah, the soccer game. The JV Huskies fought mightily the whole game and
never gave up scrapping. Keeper Sydney Block made at least 14 good saves. The
girls all worked hard, but unfortunately fell to the Rangers 0-7. Better luck
next time Huskies!
Northern finishes its streak of four Central opponents in eight days when Battle
Creek Central comes to town Monday. Dress warm, and cheer for the Huskies!
Huskies Top Giants - 23.April.2008
In the latest version of the Season of the Away Home Game, the Huskies game
vs. the Maroon Giants was moved to Kalamazoo Central due to the Portage Northern
soccer field being in too good of shape for a high school game. The move did
not stop two distinguished Northern alums, Sam Kowalisyn and Carolyn Brown,
from making the trek from UofM to witness the Husky victory.
Northern scored quickly at the 4 minute mark with an Anna Stinson cross that
Krista Clancy finished nicely. Northern scored twice more before the half with
Stinson connecting on both on assists from Alicia Conde Lopez and Erika Jansen.
Halftime highlights included Greg Karrick purchasing his first junk food of
Northern's defense was coming off an awesome effort of nearly shutting out
a powerful Portage Central offense two days prior, and tonight endured less
pressure but still recorded their fourth shutout in seven games this season
(they gave up only one goal in each of the other three games). The defense is
The first three minutes of the second half saw Stinson net two more goals,
one unassisted and the other off a feed from Samantha Kay, to complete her hat
trick with one of those fuzzy things on top. Northern soon netted three more
goals to end the game about twenty minutes early. Sam Kay scored off a feed
from Clancy, and Natalie McClish netted a goal on a pass from Sidney Helmer.
Erika Jansen finished the scoring by redirecting a perfect corner kick off the
foot of Laura Glass. Kalamazoo Central worked hard the entire contest, but just
could not match up with the Huskies on this night. Good luck to KC the rest
of the year.
Northern takes on the best high school girls' team in the Northern Hemisphere
this Friday night at Forest Hills Central. Then, two HOME games next Monday
and Wednesday, and those will be at HOME!
JV GAME SUMMARY: This game with Kalamazoo Central was sure a lot more fun
for us Huskies than the last contest was! The JV squad dominated for the entire
game, to finish with a 6-0 win over the Maroon Giants. A good many of the Husky
players got in on the action on a beautiful, warm, sunny afternoon at the Kalamazoo
field. (Hey, didn't we play THERE last year? Oh well!) Ciara Pinho, Danielle
Hirsch, Lauren Barlow, Ruth Mejia, Mataya Lewis, Chelsea Smith, Melissa Trebing
and Kallie Strazdas all had shots on goal. Ciara put up the first point in the
first half when she finished on a cross from Kallie. Melissa made it 2-0 a little
later, when she scored on a penalty kick after a Giant handball in the box.
A bit later, Kallie hit the cross bar (for the first time of many!) and Melissa
picked it up on the rebound and put it in the net, to end the half at three
to nothing. During the second half several Huskies showed their spunk! Stephanie
Cooper showed the fans what a physical player she can be. Kristen Seymore was
aggressive down the field, and Hope White hustled and really looked good out
there. The scoring continued for Northern in the second half. Daniell Hirsch
gave an assist to Mataya to increase the lead, and Hope helped out on yet another
goal for Melissa. Mel ended her scoring blitz by racking up a "Texas hat
trick" as Larry McClish called it, after scoring a career high four goals
in one game!! Way to go Mo! Sydney Block minded the nets in the first half and
Chelsea Smith took over keeper duties for the second half. They didn't see much
action, and shared in the shutout of the Giants. Way to go Huskies! Hopefully
we can continue our winning ways when we take on Forest Hills Central on their
home turf this Friday.
JV Game Photos have been added thanks to Betty Trebing (click
PN falls narrowly to PC - 21.April.2008
Portage Central paid a lot of money for their new scoreboard, but it seems
the Visitor score is stuck on zero. I am sure they will have it fixed the next
time Northern visits.
On a beautiful night for soccer, Northern played Central even except for one
small lapse with about seven minutes left in the first half. A long corner kick
was gathered up near the opposite corner and lofted into the middle where Paige
Wester headed the ball home. The Huskies carried the play late in the half but
could not get off any quality shots and trailed 0-1.
Northern played well in the second half, especially over a ten minute span
in the middle of the half. The action was strong near the Mustang goal, with
multiple wide shots and one ball off the crossbar, which was then headed just
over the goal. Ten minutes later however, as the horn sounded (at least something
works on that scoreboard), the all too familiar one-goal differential in this
rivalry stared the Husky program in the gut. But taking a top ten D-1 team to
the limit ain't mashed potatoes my friends. It's just one step closer to the
steak and lobster this team aims to enjoy the rest of the season.
Congrats to Portage Central and Portage Northern for putting on a soccer classic.
The JV Huskies put up a courageous fight against a very strong Mustang team.
Chelsea Smith defended the net in the first half and made about thousand (seems
like) saves. Four shots were able to get past her. She had a lot of help from
some very feisty players. Jenna Long and Lauren Barlow kept the defense strong,
while Mataya Lewis and Hope White gave it their all and never gave up. Melissa
Trebing was tireless in her pursuit of the ball. Sydney Block was keeper in
the second half. She too was successful in blocking many, many shots. Three
goals sneaked by, but the scrappy Huskies kept the Mustangs from scoring any
more. Kallie Strazdas made a sweet header to knock the ball out of the box to
deny any shots off a Central corner kick. Ruth Mejia got off a shot for us,
after hustling like crazy throughout the match. The whole team played with a
lot of heart and never stopped trying for the entire game. However, it was a
tough 7-0 loss to take against our arch rivals. Better luck next time, ladies!
PN goes 2-0-1 at the Portage/Kalamazoo 3 for 1 - 19.April.2008
With this writer needing Advil just to compete in three games of ping pong,
it is amazing to watch a soccer triple header. Each school involved played three
one-hour games against some of the better MI high school soccer teams in the
state, with Okemos, Traverse City Central and Traverse City West traveling here
to play round-robin games with PN, PC and KC. Even though still early season,
you could see the amount of training that went on in the preseason by effort
still in force near the end of Game 3. The players may not have noticed, but
the fans had to put up with a variety of weather patterns, and most fans arrived
looking like they were going camping, with jackets, umbrellas, sun tan lotion,
seat cushions, and Dave McCarthy with his Wall Street Journal.
A good recap of all three games would start with recognizing a defensive unit
that gave up just one goal in the three games combined. Jillian Karrick recorded
two shutouts in one day and especially in game two where she made three excellent
saves to secure a one goal victory. The rest of the defensive unit that stymied
opponents during the soccer marathon was Mary McCarthy, Andrea Jones, Megan
Hayes, Laura Glass, Melissa Scafaria, Cassie VanderSloot, and Erika Jansen.
Okemos: Game one saw Okemos get only three shots on goal and the Huskies
just two. Okemos scored with nine minutes left in the game when they quickly
broke away from a Husky restart near the corner. So what felt like a Northern
opportunity turned out otherwise. The goal woke up the Dawg and less than a
minute later Sam Pace took a pass from Anna Stinson and looked ready to take
a shot while fending off a defender and the goalie, but instead flicked a short
pass across the goal front to a wide open Krista Clancy, who said "Thank
You" and ripped home the tying goal. Northern took its second and final
shot on goal with just five seconds left with Sidney Helmer taking a pass 15
yards in front of the goal and striking a shot that the goalie had to make a
very good save on to preserve the tie at 1-1.
TC Central: A four hour bus ride did not squelch the physicality of
this team. The game turned into another defensive affair until midway through
the 2nd half, when Sam Pace quickly took a throw in on the offensive end hitting
Stinson in stride, who scrummed through two defenders and flicked a quick shot
just between the near post and the goalie. The goal held up for a 1-0 Husky
TC West: A kindler and gentler West team, although still a very worthy
soccer team, succumbed to a very long day of travel and soccer to a Northern
team that seemed to still have energy. Northern won 2-0, with the first score
coming in the first half on a goal for Sam Pace, who took a "through-ball"
pass from Stinson and scored from the right side. Then in the second half Stinson
took a cross pass from Rachel Meyer out of the air and hit an ugly (translated
to "beautiful" on the scoreboard) knuckle curve into the net.
Northern's record grows to 4-0-1. Monday the Huskies play at PC at 5:00 JV
and 6:45 Varsity to see who gets to capture the Giant Celery Stick for another
year. Come on out and support the Huskies!
Huskies Defeat Wildcats - 16.April.2008
Portage Northern was finally able to play its second game of the season; after
weather issues, spring break, and getting taxes filed, it was time to hit the
pitch once again ("pitch" is actually a soccer term for those of you
thinking you are at the wrong website). On a very blustery day that saw Rachel
Meyer turn 17 and Carolyn Hawkins beat out defending champion Krista Clancy
in the spring break tanning competition, Northern worked up numerous opportunities
in the first half with the wind at their backs.
Northern mustered four shots on goal in the first half, but only one found
the mark. Cassie VanderSloot gathered a loose ball in what seemed like out in
the parking lot and sent it screaming over the heads of most of the players
on the field to put PN up 1-0. Northern carried most of the action in the first
half, but the Wildcats defense was tough around the net. One golden Mattawan
opportunity was snuffed out on a great defensive play by Megan Hayes. Northern's
defense played very tough all night, and was able to shorten the field by pushing
up the play toward the offensive end.
With the teams switching sides at the half, a 1-0 lead with the wind now in
our faces felt like Northern should have maybe put up a few more scores in the
first half. But the wind died down and the Huskies perked up and found the net
three more times in the second half on eight shots on goal. Anna Stinson scored
eight minutes in on an unassisted goal. A few minutes later Sam Pace hit the
crossbar, but Sammy Kay knocked home the rebound. Mattawan then got on the board
with a lob shot just over the outstretched arms of Northern's goalie, but Northern
quickly countered with Krista Clancy scoring off a pass from Stinson.
Northern takes a 2-0 record into this weekend's Portage Invitational three
game set. Then Monday an early season matchup at Portage Central to get the
season into high gear.
In the early game, the sun was shining, but not on the JV Huskies this windy
day. In the first half, the JV looked like they were still getting used playing
with each other and found themselves trailing the Wildcats 2-0 at the break.
In the second half the Huskies were able to find the net when Kallie Strazdas
served the ball up in front of the goal which was finished nicely by Ruth Mejia.
The Huskies continued to battle back but fell short with the final score being
3-1 in favor of Mattawan.
Husky Teams Open with Wins at Vicksburg - 31.March.2008
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OK, the paper notes just did not hold up well in that first half torrential
downpour, so we can recap this one from memory. The Huskies 2008 soccer program
finally got to taste soccer against another team, albeit a home
game AT Vicksburg. The Michigan winter is no match for Vicksburgs beautiful
artificial surface, so let the home games begin away.
The first half was played in a seriously steady rain, but it couldnt
stop the Sams from finding the net. Samathas Pace and Kay each scored
in the first five minutes of action, on passes from Krista Clancy and Laura
Glass. Pace found the net again half way through the first half on an assist
by Alicia Conde Lopez. The first half and the heaviest rain ended with Northern
Lopez had some near misses on shots a few times and Sidney Helmer rocked the
side post on another occasion. Ten minutes into the second half, Sam Pace racked
up the hat trick on a header off a cross by Natalie McClish. Liz Bejcek wrapped
up the scoring with an unassisted goal with eleven minutes left. The final tally:
Vicksburg soccer field 1, Northern soccer field 0. Vicksburg scoreboard shows
Northern 5, Vicksburg 0, however.
Jillian Karrick notched the shutout in goal, with an assist by the entire
In the early game, also in heavy rain, the JV played a good first half, but
were unable to score. During the second half, Hannah Meyer picked up a cross
from Melissa Trebing, then got the ball to Kallie Strazdas, who was able to
put it in the back of the net for the Huskies first goal of the season. One
goal was enough for the 1-0 win. Sydney Block and Chelsea Smith shared keeper
duties to record the shutout. Way to go Huskies!
Northerns next HOME game will be AT East Kentwood
on Wednesday night
Friday May 23 is Austin Melgar Day.
Saturday May 24 from 10 am to 2 pm is the Car Wash!
Tuesday June 17 is Banquet Date at the WMU Fetzer Center.
Congratulations! to Anna Stinson on making the U17
National Select Team while she was down in Florida at the SYL ODP National
Camp. Bring some warm weather back with you Anna!
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Special thanks to our Game Summary Authors this year: Ed Stinson for the
varsity and Sharon Strazdas (and Betty Trebing as backup) for the JV. We appreciate