With 23 minutes and 57 seconds still left in the game, the Coldwater boys’ soccer team advanced to the second round of districts while also becoming the most successful squad in school history.
The Division 2 honorable mention Cardinals earned a 8-0 mercy-rule victory against visiting Three Rivers in the first round of districts on Monday, breaking the school-record for wins in a season with 15.
“This was supposed to be kind of a rebuilding year, we only had six guys returning from last year’s squad,” said Coldwater head coach Ken Delaney. “We figured we started on defense and didn’t know where we were going to get our goal production from. It’s coming together really well. We’re playing the best brand of soccer since I’ve been here. A better team game. We don’t rely on any superstar. It’s more fun than any year I’ve ever had.”
Coldwater (15-4) advances to face Sturgis in the second round on Wednesday. The Cardinals won both of their previous matchups this season.
In the win over Three Rivers, Coldwater was led by Mahamed Aljabaly with four goals and two assists. Also for the Cardinals, Yousif Aljabaly had two goals and three assists, Zakaria Haggagi and Tobias Hermann had a goal apiece, Tommy Nagle had an assist and Ian Wright made one save in goal.
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Division 2 at Coldwater: Sturgis defeated Gull Lake 2-1, and will advance to face Coldwater in the semifinals on Wednesday.
Division 3 at Maple Valley: Stockbridge defeated Olivet 5-2 to advance to the second round. The Eagles’ Kane Spotts scored two goals while Joe MacInnes had an assist. Russell Pliley made 13 saves in goal for Olivet, which finishes the season 3-12-1 overall..
Division 4 at Kalamazoo Hackett: Lawton defeated Calhoun Christian/St. Philip (co-op) by a score of 6-2.
Division 4 at Hillsdale Academy: Quincy defeated Dansville 4-1 in the opener. The Orioles (16-3-2) received three goals and one assist from Ashton Diotte. Jake Rider had a goal, Igo Batista had two assists and Evan Albright had an assist while Dakota Finley recorded 11 saves. Quincy advances to face Division 4 top-ranked Lansing New Covenant Christian on Wednesday.
In the other opening-round match, Lansing Christian defeated Albion, 8-0.
(At) Olivet 3, Colon 0: Olivet won by scores of 25-22, 25-9 and 25-15.
The Eagles (9-12-2) were led by Kaylyn Westlake with 24 assists; Aleena Janousek had 11 kills and five blocks; Trisha Pfoft had four aces; Jessica Griffin had five digs.
Sturgis Invite (Sat.): In the boys’ Division 3-4 race, Quincy finished third with 74 points. The Orioles’ top five were Zach Slack (sixth, 16:49), Riley Horn (10th, 17:07), Tyler Smith (16th, 17:55), Logan Kestner (20th, 18:15) and Hunter Winger (28th, 19:03).
In the girls’ Division 3-4 race, Quincy placed third with 64 points. The Orioles’ scorers were Sasha Burnett (12th, 21:24), Kelsey Bean (14th, 21:37), Nikole Loomis (15th, 21:51), Alyssa Bracy (16th, 21:53) and Reanna Sloan (21st, 23:08).