KALAMAZOO – Isaac Engelhardt earned his third shutout of the season, leading the Battle Creek Central boys soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Loy Norrix on Thursday.
Engelhardt made seven saves in goal – with two key stops in the closing minutes of regulation, including “one with his face that left a goose egg covering his right eye,” said Battle Creek Central head coach Brad Yoder. “He finished the game and came up with another key save stretching out to the corner of the goal to barely get his hands on a header that was headed to the far post to tie the game.”
Cesar Duran scored on a penalty kick in the first half, and that was all the offense the Bearcats would need.
With the victory, Battle Creek Central improved to 3-11-1 overall and 1-6 in the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference.
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HARPER CREEK 1, PENNFIELD 1: Harper Creek’s Jack Kyger scored while teammate Brandon Juliano made six saves in goal for the Beavers (2-9-2, 0-3-1 Interstate Eight Conference). Isaac Ayers scored for Pennfield on an assist from Chase Austin, while Keith Browand made eight saves in goal.
MARSHALL 1, LUMEN CHRISTI 0: Marshall goalkeepers Kurt Kraushaar and Jack Vezmar combined for the shutout – the Redhawks’ third in a row and their fifth in the last six games. Offensively, Jeremy Luciani scored on an assist from Dustin Lutz and Carter Peek.
COLDWATER 4, JACKSON NORTHWEST 0: Division 2 eighth-ranked Coldwater earned its sixth straight shutout, as Balal Nasser made six saves in goal. Mohamed Nagi led the Cardinals (11-1-1, 4-0 Interstate Eight Conference) on offense with two goals. Jonathon Brownell and Juan Hernandez each scoreed, while Mana Ahmed had three assists and Brandon Cortes had an assist.
DELTON KELLOGG 2, KALAMAZOO HOME SCHOOL 1: Isaac Houtkooper scored a pair of goals to lead Delton Kellogg to the victory and improve the Panthers overall record to 6-4-1.
COMSTOCK INVITATIONAL: Harper Creek placed third in the nine-team competition with a team score of 384. The Beavers were led by Sydney Leatherman (88), Jacqueline Greene (93), Emily Vahs (94) and Ashton Rowe (109).
MARSHALL 8, JACKSON NORTHWEST 0: Marshall swept the Interstate Eight Conference competition behind wins from Cole Varvatos (No. 1 singles), Brady Brisson (No. 2 singles), Riley Brownell (No. 3 singles), Cooper Busse (No. 4 singles), Aidan Chapman and Camden Gardner (No. 1 doubles), Jack Merucci and Louie Melluish (No. 2 doubles), Grant Busse and Jacob Martinson (No. 3 doubles) and Evan Asselin and Andrew Coates (No. 4 doubles).
HARPER CREEK 4, OTSEGO 4: Harper Creek swept doubles play, with wins coming from Mason Bauer and Daniel Heyer (No. 1 doubles); Eric Calhoun and Cole Hammock (No. 2 doubles); Jordan Robinson and Landen Berry (No. 3 doubles) and Christopher Rau and Kent Busniewski (No. 4 doubles).
THREE RIVERS 5, BRONSON 3: Bronson received a win at No. 2 doubles from the team of Ryan Wisman and Billy Balowski while the Vikings received voids at No. 3 and 4 doubles.
PARMA WESTERN 6, LAKEVIEW 4: The Spartans got victories from Jai Baneji (No. 1 singles) and Shuma Isobe (No. 4 singles). Lakeview is now 8-4-2 overall.
COLDWATER 7, KALAMAZOO CENTRAL 1: Coldwater won this non-conference match behind victories from Kameron Miller (No. 1 singles), Shane O’Grady (No. 2 singles), Austin Butler (No. 3 singles), Jake Matevia (No. 4 singles), Mitchell Duda and Christian Pine (No. 1 doubles), Sam Morrison and Noah Waterbury (No. 2 doubles) and Blake Yates and Dillon Gagnon (No. 4 doubles).
(AT) OLIVET 3, PENNFIELD 0: The Eagles won by scores of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-21. Olivet (6-8-2) was led by Taylor Sinclair with eight kills and 20 digs; Bailey Hoffman had 10 kills; Karli Corey had 27 assists; Piper Ousley had three assists and Noelle Rohde had four blocks.
Pennfield (7-9-2, 0-2 Interstate Eight) was led in the match by Shelby Smyers with nine kills, four aces and six digs while Taylor Baird had 26 digs and seven aces.
(AT) BURR OAK 4, COLON 1: The Magi dropped the SCAA doubleheader by scores of 25-18, 22-25, 20-25 and 23-25, 19-25. Leading Colon on the day were Gretta Minor with eight kills, five digs and three aces; Brianna Vinson with seven kills and eight assists and Sydney Tomlinson with 15 digs.
TEKONSHA 4, LITCHFIELD 0: Tekonsha swept the SCAA doubleheader by scores of 25-10, 25-13, 25-13 and 25-12. Leading the Indians (7-10) were Makayla Cole with seven kills and 11 digs and Anna O’Keefe with five digs, five aces and four kills.
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