Comet Kickers End Gladwin’s 61- Game Win Streak

September 27, 2019

By Ben Murphy – Sports Writer

Two days after what was their biggest win of the season, McBain Northern Michigan Christian’s soccer team made sure there was no let-down Wednesday night. The Comets, playing a Northern Michigan Soccer League game in Roscommon, doubled up the Bucks to claim another key victory, 4-2.

“Other than the two set piece goals that Roscommon scored off, our defense continues to shine,” head coach Dave VanHaitsma said. “We are playing well as a whole team but the play of Alex Rozeveld, Wayne Roper and Corey VanHaitsma in the midfield was especially stellar.”

The Comets scored the game’s first goal in the sixth minute, as Kendrick Smallegan blasted a shot into the net, on an assist by Andrew Eisenga.

draw even at 1-1 about 10 minutes later, but Jonas Lanser put NMC up thanks to an acrobatic goal, as he took in a pass from Corey VanHaitsma, making it 2-1 at the intermission.

The Bucks were able to draw even once again, getting their next goal in the 52nd minute, but NMC finished the game strong with goals by Blake DeZeeuw on a header and Diego DeLaGarza. C. VanHaitsma assisted on DeZeeuw’s goal.

Ezra Dieterman and DeZeeuw shared duties in goal, combing to make nine saves.

On Monday, NMC was able to pick up a big road win at previously unbeaten and ranked Gladwin, 1-0. This ended the Flying G’s 61-game winning streak in conference games.

Andrew Eisenga scored the game’s lone goal in the 29th minute, as he was able to take the ball off his chest and deflected it off a defender and into the net.

Gladwin nearly tied the game moments later, but Dieterman was able to make a frantic save. Dieterman was injured on the play, however relief goaltender DeZeeuw was able to hold the G’s off the scoreboard. In all, they made 11 saves.

“DeZeeuq came in and played excellently to combine for the shutout,” VanHaitsma said. Trevin Winkle played superbly, matching up with one of Gladwin’s strongest players and our whole team stayed within the game plan. Jamey Haan, Silas Bowden, Carter Quist, Alex Rozeveld and Wayne Roper were impenetrable defensively and with Dieterman and DeZeeuw in the nets we have two exceptional keepers.”

It’s apparent that VanHaitsma was more than pleased with his team’s performance in knocking off the favored Flying G’s.

Corey VanHaitsma was all over the field for us, chasing down Gladwin players and getting involved offensively. Jonas Lanser played a little more defensively today, tena- ciously attacking the ball at the center of the field. Kendrick Smallegan and Andrew Eisenga contin- ued their fine play on the midfield, and Seth Van- Haitsma, Nick Heuker, and Diego DeLaGarza put the pressure on up front.

NMC (11-3 overall, 8-1 NMSL) hosts Clare today (Friday) at 3:30 p.m, in what is a make-up game from earlier in the year.

We have had a good week in topping both the Southern Division and Northern Division leaders and hope to keep it going,” VanHaitsma said.

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