The second-annual Boys Soccer Senior All-Star Games played Wednesday at Williamston were a display of two facets of the game.
The first game, featuring players from smaller schools, was a goalfest, ending regulation in a 4-4 tie before being decided with a penalty-kick shootout. The second, with players from larger schools, was a 1-0 nail-biter.
Collin Brickner of Grand Ledge scored the only goal in Game 2 for the White team less than three minutes into the contest, collecting a ball punched clear by Green goalkeeper Nick Davis of Lansing Catholic at the 18-yard line and blasting it in for a goal.
Brickner said not having played a varsity game since fall didn’t affect his game.
“It’s been a while,” Brickner said. “But I’ve been playing in a men’s league lately, so I haven’t lost my touch or anything. I had a lot of fun.”
Haslett coach Alex Hayner, who coached the White team, said he wondered how his defense would jell.
“Our back line did a wonderful job,” Hayner said. “It’s tough when you have four different defenders from four different schools, but our goalies’ communication got them going and kept them together.”
Austin Dunn of Perry was the MVP of the first game, scoring three of his team’s four goals and assisting on the other to give the Yellow team a 4-0 lead in the first half.
Darren Reeser of Jackson Northwest scored the first Yellow goal and assisted on the next two, and Dunn’s Rambler teammate Nick Ingersoll also picked up an assist.
But the Blue stormed back after the break, scoring three times in the span of five minutes to cut the lead to a single goal, and then tying it up with 5:37 left in regulation.
Nicholas Jansen of Leslie scored twice for the Blue team, the second of which completed the four-goal comeback, heading in a long free kick by Blackhawk teammate Ethan Mulnix. Mulnix scored the second Blue goal, and Colin Brady of Owosso had the third.
Owosso’s Dan Lawcock scored the game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout for the Blue, after goals by Ivan Castelan of Alma, Mulnix, Alma’s Nick Camargo and Samgwa’a Ndifontah of Eastern. Reeser, Laingsburg’s Zach Juhl and Dunn scored in the shootout for the Yellow.