Varsity girls soccer team wins season opener 1-0
Second half goal enough to win as Grayling blanks the Roscommon Bucks during game played at Viking Stadium on Wednesday
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Grayling High School’s varsity girls soccer team opened its 2019 spring season with a 1-0 victory vs. the Roscommon Bucks – a nonconference opponent – on Wednesday night at Viking Stadium.
Neither squad scored during the first 40-minute half.
With 28:28 left in the second half, Esa Powers shot from outside the box and the ball went over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net. Grayling led 1-0.
Neither team was able to score a goal during the game’s final 28:27 of regulation, and the Vikings won by a final score of 1-0.
Coach Cyndi Powers said the squad played well on defense during the contest.
“We did really well. Abby (Pippin) did a great job at center back. Sierra (Trudeau) did a great job as sweeper,” Coach Powers said.
Assistant Coach Jordan Kulhanek said new goalkeeper Eduarda Kffura – a foreign exchange student – did a good job of reading the ball on the field and being “aggressive, coming out after the ball.”
Coach Powers said Kaelee Masella, a freshman playing in her first varsity game, and Brooke Rawlings, a sophomore, also played well on defense for the Vikings.
Coach Powers said the offense was able to generate a lot of shots on goal and did a good job of sharing the ball.
“I thought for our first game we did a good job passing the ball,” Coach Powers said.
The team was missing a couple of players and had only 12 girls for the contest, enough for a full starting line-up with one substitute. The squad only had a couple of outdoor practices prior to Wednesday night’s home game. The team’s original season opener – a league match vs. Traverse City St. Francis slated for Monday, April 8 – was postponed due to field conditions.
“I thought the girls for their first match did awesome,” Coach Powers said. “I’m proud of them.”
“They stepped up,” Coach Kulhanek said.
The Vikings (1-0 overall, 0-0 league) will play at Charlevoix – a Lake Michigan Conference opponent – on Thursday, April 18, at 5 p.m.