For one team, it’s an end to a season.
For the other team, a huge challenge awaits on Wednesday.
With an 8-1 win in the boys soccer district tournament, Port Huron Northern brought an end to Port Huron’s season in the Huskies’ third rivalry win this season.
“We just stayed strong the whole game, that was the key,” Northern sophomore Adam Godinez said.
Godinez had himself a big night in the win, scoring a hat trick to lead the Huskies. Northern also found goals from Noah Rogers, Jeremy Sayers, Jacob Schroll, Scott Isaacson and Austin Burns in the win.
Port Huron had its lone goal scored by Ben Wentzel late in the second half for the Big Reds, who are poised to come back with improvement next fall.
“It’s been a fun ride,” Port Huron head coach Oliver Glenn said. “It’s not the result we wanted, but next year I feel like we have good players returning and something to look forward to. We just have to refuse to have a season like we had this season.”
Northern’s next step will be on Wednesday against Dakota at L’Anse Creuse North at 4 p.m., who topped the Huskies in a 5-0 victory in the second week of the season.
“We have the biggest game of the season – a challenge of a lifetime – on Wednesday against Dakota,” Godinez said. “We struggled against them in the beginning of the season, but we are going in there with confidence.”
A great deal of confidence in the Huskies win over the Big Reds came in the start of the game as Sayers scored 11 minutes into the game. When Godinez booted in his goal midway through the first half for a 2-0 lead, it gave the Huskies the confidence it needed to move through the rest of the night.
“The beginning of the game is the most important part – we absolutely had to get the first goal tonight,” Northern head coach Bryan Becker said. “When we get that first goal we relax, and when we do that we connect passes.”
Schroll and Godinez each scored for the Huskies again to make it a 4-0 halftime lead.
Godinez added his third goal early on in the second half off a corner kick, and Rogers and Burns added their goals to make it a 7-0 advantage with 16 minutes to play.
With nine minutes left in the chippy second half, Wentzel hammered home the Big Reds goal off a free kick just outside of the box.
“That’s what has Ben has been doing the entire year,” Glenn said. “Any time we have a free kick within 25 yards he has the authority to take it to the net or go for a cross.”
Isaacson was the last to light up the scoreboard, scoring from close range with five minutes left in the game.