The Battle Creek Central boys’ soccer team’s postseason keeps on getting sweeter.
Two days after blanking city rival Harper Creek 5-0 for BCC’s first-ever postseason triumph, the Bearcats defeated Gull Lake 1-0 in a shootout on Wednesday night in an MHSAA Division 2 district semifinal match at Gull Lake.
The victory rocketed BCC into Saturday’s 11 a.m. district title game against Coldwater at Gull Lake. Coldwater defeated Vicksburg 4-1 in Wednesday’s other semifinal.
After neither team scored during regulation and two overtime periods, the Bearcats netted four goals in the shootout while Gull Lake netted three.
“We were very confident coming into this game,” said Bearcat coach Brad Yoder. “We knew they would have a lot of energy after they won their last game in a shootout (vs. Plainwell on Monday), but we worked hard in practice shooting PK’s in case it came down to a shootout again tonight.”
The two teams played 100 minutes of scoreless soccer prior to the shootout.
In the shootout, BCC scored on all four attempts — by Francisco Carillo, Juan Valencia, Habeeb Salimon and Luis Hernandez.
“We worked hard to go out and win this game, and it means a lot for us,” said Hernandez after his game-winning goal.
Jeff Adamski, Sam Sikkema and Nick Knapper scored for the Blue Devils.
Keeper Carmelo Hernandez finished with 11 saves in the BCC nets.
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Coldwater 4, Vicksburg 1: In this D-2 semifinal at Gull Lake, Coldwater’s Nooh Aljabaly had two first-half goals, while Saleh Mousa and Mohamed Aljabaly each scored for the D-2 honorable mention Cardinals. Also for Coldwater (16-4), Derek Carr, Blaze Watson and Jesse Martinez had an assist apiece, and Ian Wright made five saves in goal. Coldwater advanced to play BCC at 11 a.m. Saturday in the district final.
Quincy 3, Calhoun Christian 1: In this D-4 semifinal at Quincy, the host Orioles received two goals from Evan Albright and one from Andrew Karney as they advanced to Saturday’s 10 a.m. final against Hillsdale Academy (which beat Jackson Christian in Wednesday’s other semi). Also for Quincy, Nick Haberl, Jake Rider and Andy Parrish had assists, and goalkeeper Daniel Ojeda made six saves.
Okemos 1, Lakeview 0, (Mon.): In D-1 first-round play at Okemos, the host Chieftains blanked the Spartans. Okemos scored early in the first overtime after the teams went 0-0 during regulation, and Lakeview hit a crossbar late in the second OT but could not get the equalizer.
(At) Lakeview 3, Gull Lake 0: The Spartans came out on top 25-22, 26-24, 25-22 to improve to 25-13 overall and 5-1 in the SMAC East. On the evening for Lakeview, Casey Looper had 11 kills, four blocks and 19 digs; Julie Haring had seven kills; Madison Olsen had six kills, two blocks and 16 digs; Annie Sangliana had two blocks; Madelyn Drikakis had 18 digs and five aces; and Julia Miller had 31 assists and two aces.
(At) Harper Creek 3, B.C. Central 0: The Beavers won 25-14, 25-10, 25-14 and are now 20-13-5 overall and 4-2 in the SMAC East. For Harper Creek, Sam Hollister had 10 digs and an ace; Baylee Hayes had five digs and three kills; Lauren Grimes had four digs, four kills and an ace; and Olivia Black had seven kills and four digs.
Parchment 3, (at) Pennfield 0: The host Panthers fell 17-25, 20-25, 20-25 as Hannah Lenz had 14 digs, Armani Anderson had seven kills and Hannah Day had three blocks.
Marshall 3, (at) Loy Norrix 0: The Redhawks won 25-15, 25-12, 25-13 in SMAC East play. For Marshall (22-11-1, 2-4), Logan Kiessling had 10 kills, four aces and six digs; Grace Crawford had 10 kills and eight digs; Brooke Mason had 14 digs; and Kaylie Bates had 30 assists.
(At) Bronson 3, White Pigeon 0: The host Vikings — ranked No. 6 in Class C — won 25-15, 25-10, 25-14 on Dig Pink night that raised nearly $4,000. Bronson (33-11-3 overall, 4-1 St. Joe Valley) received five aces, a block, 29 assists, two digs and two kills from Alexa Ratkowski; five digs from Allie Smith; four kills and two blocks from Haley Russell; two aces, five kills and three blocks from Jill Pyles, 15 digs from Kassidy Bystry; two aces, five kills, a block and four digs form Mallorie Bassage; and two aces, 13 kills, two blocks and six digs from Skyler Sobeski.
(At) Delton Kellogg 3, Olive
t 1: The host Panthers won 27-25, 25-13, 24-26, 25-15 to improve to 5-2 in the KVA and 13-23-1 overall. For D-K, Faith Ferris had 18 kills and a block; Kaysie Hook had nine kills, six blocks, nine digs and an ace; Hannah Walker had two kills, a block, an ace, 16 digs and 21 assists; Elizabeth Parker had three aces and 22 digs; and Kristen Mohn had five kills, two blocks, an ace, 13 digs and 18 assists.
(At) Quincy 3, Union City 2 (Tue.): The host Orioles prevailed 26-24, 11-25, 25-17, 20-25, 15-12 in Big Eight action. For the Chargers (1-4, 14-13-3), Lauren Dilbert had two digs, three kills and two blocks; Haley Harty had 10 digs, six kills, a block and three aces; Haley McIntosh had 16 digs and 15 kills; Marissa Mead had 33 digs and an ace; Riley Smith had 26 digs and three aces; Bailee White had 15 digs, two aces and 28 assists; and Rachel Wing had five digs, 19 kills, four blocks and an ace.
(At) Coldwater 3, K-Central 2 (Mon.): The host Cardinals won 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 24-26, 15-9. For Coldwater, Kenzie Galloway had 22 kills; Shelby Bowers and Carlee Smoker had eight kills each; Meghan Schorfhaar had 24 assists, 13 digs and three aces; Ashley Chase had 15 assists; Neely Heckman had nine digs; Karissa Harrell had three aces; and senior Morgan Klein had three aces (back from ACL surgery).
SCAA Championship (Tue.). Team scores: Not available. Climax-Scotts: 1-Eldon Ulsh 17:08, 50-Tim Lotter 24:53. Colon: 7-Daniel Alva 19:09, 15-Kyle Poortenga 19:25, 23-Larry Peppers 20:20, 31-Benjamin Weaver 22:16, 32-Andrew Lash 22:17. St. Philip: 13-Nicholas Newton 19:21, 16-Jack Greenman 19:26, 24-Rook Lantinga 20:47, 35-Jordan Snyder 22:31, 38-Nick Hurst 22:55. Bellevue: 14-Griffith Cook-Kirsch 19:24, 19-Dalton Burdick 20:03, 20-Sam Lothamer 20:09, 27-Garrett Hall 21:55, 40-Chase Maxson 23:03. Tekonsha: 22-Calvin Blue 20:16.
SCAA Championship (Tue.): Team scores: Not available. St. Philip: 3-Ava Strenge 20:30, 8-Riley Rutherford 21:57, 21-Megan Casterline 25:22, 25-Abriana Burrill 26:19, 29-Olivia Ritsema 26:59. Bellevue: 6-Brandy Mathewson 21:19, 20-Jessica Parshall 25:21, 24-Jade Hart 26:13, 31-Kilee Hettich 27:10. Colon: 11-Skyler Harvey 22:23.