2013-10-03 / Sports

Soccer loses, still hopeful

MANISTIQUE – Manistique Club Soccer had a busy weekend, playing at home on Saturday and on the road Sunday.

On Saturday, Sault Ste. Marie traveled to Manistique to compete at the Lindsley Frenette Park field.

Following their first win of the season against the Black Bears the week prior, Manistique was hoping to continue in that direction. At the end of the first half, Manistique was trailing 3-1 against the very physical visiting team.

Not disappointed with the score, the club team remained positive a turnaround could take place in the second half. Tony Walters was in goal the first half with nine saves.

During the break, the Soo was putting together their own strategy and came out to score five unanswered goals. Manistique lost the competition 8-1.

In goal the second half, Zach Wheaton had eight saves.

Shots on goal from Jake Burnis, Jen Carlson, Chris Freeman, Sam Furman and Darien Nichols were not able to clear the pipes.

David Pratt had the lone goal of the game for Manistique.

On Sunday, Manistique traveled to Niagara for their second matchup of the season. Manistique lost the hard-fought doubleheader on their home field 4-3 and 8-1 earlier in the season.

With the travel plague looming over them again, the squad was unable to pull off either game of the doubleheader rematch. Niagara put up double figures in the first match up, outscoring Manistique 10-0. Jake Burnis, Garrett Knuth, and Pratt all had shots on goal. Taking their turns in the net were Walters and Wheaton.

Although they continue to improve as a team, Manistique wasn’t able to matchup with the home team in the second contest either.

Joe Block scored Manistique’s lone goal in the 7-1 loss. He also had three shots on goal. Also contributing to shots on goal was Pratt.

Walters and Wheaton were busy in the net with a combined 19 saves. Not disappointed in their lack of success, coaches say the squad continues to grow and build as a team.

They will play a double header with Marquette at home Oct. 5.

Games are set for noon and 3 p.m.

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