NMC soccer storms back to clinch victory

August 29, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

Things didn’t start off well in the early moments of Monday’s home Northern Michigan Soccer League game with Ogemaw Heights. The comets didn’t let an early two goal hole get them down however, as they stormed back for a 6-2 victory.

“I thought we were dead ducks the way we opened the game, but instead we were like the mythical phoenix, rising from the ashes and scoring the last six goals,” head coach Dave VanHaitsma said. “We challenged our midfielders to do a better job of playing both ways and they rose to the challenge.”

The Falcons scored their first two goals in the first two minutes of the contest, to give them the early lead.

“We were flat-footed across the pitch,” VanHaitsma said of the slow start.
The Comets weren’t able to get anything going until around the 20th minute, when Seth VanHaitsma booted in a goal on an assist by Jonas Lanser to make it 2-1.

NMC was able to knot things up with six minutes to play before the half, as Lanser was able to put a goal of his own into the back of the net.

The second half saw VanHaitsma sock one into the top right corner of the goal for the Comets first lead of the game at 3-1 and another Lanser goal made it 4-2 in the 62nd minute.

VanHaitsma finished off a hat trick with a goal in the 64th minute on an assist by Andrew Eisenga and Blake DeZeeuw scored a late goal to finsih out the scoring barrage.

“Andrew Eisenga, Kendrick Smallegan, Carter Quist, Alex Rozeveld, Isaac Bowden, Nick Heuker, and DeZeeuw did an outstanding job after the initial two goals in containing their outside runners and clogging the middle,” VanHaitsma said. “Jamey Haan, Trevin Winkle and Silas Bowden were airtight after the Falcons first two blows.”

The Comets opened the season on Thursday, Aug. 22 at Big Rapids Crossroads, 7-0 in what was also their NMSL opener.

Seth VanHaitsma led off the scoring for the season on an assist by Lanser, with Corey VanHaitsma netting one as well on an assist by DeZeeuw. S.

VanHaitma netted another one before the half, making it 3-0 at the break.
A little more than five minutes into the second half, C. VanHaitsma scored an unassisted goal to make it 4-0 and S. VanHaitsma finished off a hat trick with a goal in the 51st minute.

Silas Bowden followed with a goal on an assist by Nick Heuker and DeZeeuw finished off the scoring with a goal on an assist by S. VanHaitsma.
Ezra Dieterman and DeZeeuw split time in goal to combine for the shutout.
“We were pleased with how well we moved the ball overall,” VanHaitsma said. “We have several players who were playing new positions from last year or who were seeing a greatly increased role over last year and they all impressed.

NMC (3-1 overall, 2-0 NMSL) hosts Gladwin on Tuesday and hosts Cheboygan on Thursday.

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