Soccer team wins 6-0 vs. Kalkaska Blazers on Friday night
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
During its last regular season home game of the year on Friday night, Grayling High School’s varsity girls soccer team defeated the Kalkaska Blazers by a final score of 6-0.
Grayling got on the board with a goal by Jenna Haring two minutes into the first half. Haring scored again a few minutes later and the Vikings led 2-0. With 10:45 left in the first half, Haring scored her third goal of the contest.
The score at halftime was Grayling 3, Kalkaska 0.
The team worked on a play at halftime and used it to score a goal less than one minute into the second half. The idea of the play is that everyone but a couple of defenders “rushes the goal” on the kickoff, Coach Cyndi Powers said. Esa Powers finished the play by kicking the ball into the net from close range. The Vikings led 4-0.
Later, with 16:43 remaining in regulation, Haring scored her fourth goal of the contest. Just over one minute later, Powers scored another goal.
Grayling won 6-0.
“It was a great win,” Coach Powers said. “I’m proud of the girls.”
“We made some adjustments. We made some position changes. We needed more speed on defense,” Coach Powers said. “Isabel (Duba) and Carlee (Miller) have great speed on the outside of our defense that has really changed our game because we can spread the field. Brooke (Rawlings) is a pit bull; she doesn’t back down.”
Coach Powers said Sierra Trudeau played well at center back.
“She stays composed,” Coach Powers said. “She knows she has that speed.”
“Eduarda (Kffuri), for someone who’s never played goalie before, is really solid. She’s becoming more and more aggressive,” Coach Powers said.
Coach Powers said the team enjoyed the opportunity late in the game to have Juliana Britto come in to play goalkeeper, allowing Kffuri to play the field. Britto and Kffuri are both exchange students.
“We thought we’d let Eduarda have a chance to go up,” Coach Powers said.