'Muth kickers open district with 5-0 win over USA
by Head Coach John Ayala
FHS – 3 / John Glenn – 1
Not a game too soon, Frankenmuth High School boys’ soccer team ended their 3-game scoring drought. Kobe Hopkins ended the drought by scoring in the eighth minute of the match after receiving a long throw-in from Greg Weess. Eleven minutes later, John Glenn got the equalizer by finishing a header off a corner kick. The game remained tied until the 27th minute of the second half when Derek Williams scored unassisted; beating the goalie to the righthand corner of the goal. With and insurance goal in place, FHS set upon playing tough defense to prevent a tie. As John Glenn pressed their attack, Muth countered with Adam Benko splitting the defense with a through pass to Derek, who scored the final goal of the match with a little less than five minutes to play.
FHS – 5 / USA – 0
Coming off the heels of the 3-1 decision over John Glenn, Muth entered the opening game of districts against Unionville Sebawaing encouraged that we found our scoring range. We did not know much about USA, but we approached the game as though we would need to work extremely hard to get good looks at the goal, and then we would need to execute.
It was apparent early on that penetrating runs along the touchlines would enable us to get behind the defense of USA. We had the option of attacking the goal dribbling or looking for crosses to rushing FHS players. The first goal came in the 12th minute of play, when Kobe Hopkins beat the corner defender and launched a shot to beat the USA goalie. The second goal came when Greg Weess did as Kobe had done, beat the corner defender and then launched a shot from a severe angle that beat the USA goalie to the near post. First half score – Muth 2 / USA 0.
USA dug in for the second half, playing a swarming defense when Muth entered their defensive third of the field. It was not until the 24th minute of the second half before Muth scored again. Derek Williams scored the third goal of the match when a corner kick did not clear the USA penalty area. Derek, from 18 yards out, sent a well-placed shot outside the reach of the USA goalie. Derek then followed up that score by placing the ball in the far corner that 𠇎rich, with an ‘H’” Laux put away for his first score on varsity. There were still 10 minutes left to play. Derek, on a tear, finished the scoring for the contest with eight minutes left on the clock by beating the goalie who was off his line with a shot over the goalie’s head. Final score Muth 5 / USA 0.
Next up is Birch Run on Wednesday at Caro, 4:30pm start time.