Lady Eagle kickers have wet start to season
Frankenmuth varsity girls’ soccer has many young additions to the returning team, and the initial challenge is to get everyone used to playing together. This is a team that has the ability to experience significant improvement each time they step on the field. The Eagles finished the week with two wins, and are starting the season with a 2-0-0 record.
With only the second time outside, and the first time on a full size field this Spring, the young Eagles had a very acceptable showing at home against Standish Sterling on April 10.
Frankenmuth came out strong, and did a very good job of maintaining ball possession. The Eagles were able to maintain the ball for minutes at a time, and that put unrelenting pressure on the Standish Sterling defense.
After numerous attempts with shots at the goal, Frankenmuth was able to get that critical first goal. First half scoring was accomplished with excellent individual efforts, as well as nice combination plays that ended in goals. Lillian Schmidt scored with a near post shot that was assisted by Dana Williams. Williams also scored in the first half when she received a through ball from Sidney Merrihew. Courtney Keyes and Megan Humpert would each add a goal with nice outside shots over the top of the keeper. Zoe Neirink made a nice save on a one-on-one with an opposing attacker to keep the score 4-0 Frankenmuth.
The Eagles made adjustments at halftime to employ more of a disciplined approach to their attack; with the hopes of generating more scoring opportunities in the dangerous area of the 18-yard box.
The Frankenmuth attack continued to apply heavy pressure to the Standish Sterling defense. Within 15 minutes of the second half, the Eagles would finish their scoring for the game. Rebecca Kiser would find Baylee Stainforth with a cross, that Stainforth drove past the keeper. Keyes would add her second goal for the game with another hard outside shot to the upper corner past the keeper. A great individual effort in the 6-yard box, allowed Rebecca Kiser to recover an uncleared ball, and put it in the back of the net.
The final score came with a well-served corner kick from Marley Baker to the head of Kayla Kueffner.
Coach Stenglein said, “It was a great way to end the scoring for us, and I am very proud of the way the girls played today. I was encouraged by the way that they responded at halftime, and the adjustments that were made to create four quick goals. This is a young team that I expect will only get better as they spend more time together”.
The Eagles traveled to Millington on Wednesday, April 12, to start their TVC East conference schedule and ran into a very determined and hardworking Millington team.
The Eagles possessed the ball for the majority of the game, however time and again the Cardinal defense was able to clear dangerous scoring attempts.
The first score by Frankenmuth came when Schmidt drove the ball deep into the Millington goal area and found Laurin Keyes running to goal from the far post. Laurin slotted the ball into the corner past the Cardinal keeper to give the Eagles an important first score.
Frankenmuth would continue to carry play, and apply heavy pressure on the Cardinal defense. Their team defensive play was solid, and the Eagles would carry a one goal lead into halftime.
At halftime, adjustments were made to incorporate more combination plays as well as quality shots from outside the 18-yard box.
Frankenmuth would add their second goal when Laurin Keyes drove the ball deep, and then sent a short cross to Baylee Stainforth who continued the cross with another short pass to Courtney Keyes; who drove a hard shot past the keeper into the near post corner of the goal. This would be the winning goal for Frankenmuth, and one that secured an important conference win.
The Cardinals were able to create some dangerous offensive plays throughout the game with long services up to their attacking forwards. Late in the second half, the Cardinals were able to send a service into the goal area that was scored to bring Millington to within one goal. Frankenmuth attempted to maintain ball control for the rest of the game and secured a 2-1 victory.