By Ben Murphy
They were in the game at the half, but the McBain Northern Michigan Christian soccer team couldn’t keep up with Cheboygan at home Monday night. The Lady Comets fell to the Northern Michigan Soccer League powerhouse 4-0 after trailing just 1-0 at the half.
“The first half overall was decently played,” head coach Dave VanHaitsma said. “I thought the last 25 minutes of the first half we played pretty well, even though that’s when they scored their goal. Our passing was precise and I thought we were matching up defensively pretty well with them. We were doing quite a few things right.”
VanHaitsma tweaked his line-up but so too unfortunately did the Lady Chiefs.
“We switched thing sup in the second half to compensate for a few weaknesses but they also made a few adjustments and they came out and played really well,” VanHaitsma said. “We weren’t able to keep up with them, they passed really well and we didn’t. We were not our sharpest in the second half. Two of their goals were relatively late though, so I think the 4-0 final was misleading.”
Kendra VanPolen was in goal for the Comets and made 12 saves.
On Thursday, April 13 the Comets topped visiting Brethren in another NMSL contest, 10-3.
“It started the game before against Gladwin where we played well but we didn’t shoot well,” VanHaitsma said. “In this game, we started to click on our shots. Instead of putting them on the keeper or over the crossbar we started putting our shots home.”
The Lady Bobcats scored the games first goal but from there it was all NMC as Maddie Lanser, Desiree Ebels and Carissa Smith all had three goals apiece and Anna Lanser had one goal and an assist. Sydney Hart also had one assist.
“Overall, I’ve been really pleased with the play of our freshmen, we have four of them starting,” VanHaitsma said. “Also, on defense Holly Maclean doesn’t always get a lot of recognition but she does a great job. Callie Keysor and Kari VanPolen, both of those girls have really stuck out defensively as some of our new starters who are doing the best and have made a real positive impact on the team.”
VanPolen was in goal and made six saves.
NMC (3-2 overall) hosted Houghton Lake on Wednesday, plays at Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy today (Friday), hosts Clare on Tuesday and makes the trip to Clare two days later on Thursday.