South Lyon got a spark offensively from an unexpected source Tuesday night in a 2-0 KLAA Central Division boys soccer win over visiting South Lyon East.
Looking to jump-start his team after a scoreless opening half, South Lyon coach Brian Elliott made an unconventional offensive move.
“We made a strategic change at halftime pulling Jack Dalzochio out of goal to play forward,” Elliott said. “He stepped up big providing the assist on both goals and Alex Sicklesteel made some big saves in net in the second half. Michael Martinez put both goals away and was a great leader for us tonight.”
Martinez, a junior, tallied the game-winner with only 23:45 remaining and notched his second just 1:57 later to put the game away.
“I’m extremely proud of the work our boys put in to get this much needed win,” said Elliott, whose team improved to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in the KLAA Central. “The first half was a pretty even battle both teams had similar stats. We talked at halftime about the fact that the game would be decided by which team wanted it more.”
The loss dropped the Cougars to 1-8 overall and 0-5 in the KLAA Central.
“Our defense deserves recognition as well for playing very tough and preserving the shutout,” Elliott said. “We have to prepare and strategize for our game on (7 p.m.) Thursday(at home) against Northville.”
LAKELAND 1, MOTT 0: Tyler Green’s penalty kick early in the second half proved to be the difference Tuesday as KLAA North Division leader White Lake Lakeland (9-2-2, 4-0-1) got past host Waterford Mott (7-3-1, 2-3).
Mott, which took on a defensive posture most of the match, committed a handball violation while Lakeland’s Tyler Lauer battled a Corsair defender in the goalkeeper box.
Lakeland keeper Owen Christmas made two saves to post the shutout.
MILFORD 3, HOWELL 3: David Bonhard collected two assists Tuesday as the Mavericks (6-3-1, 2-2-1) played to a KLAA West Division draw against the host Highlanders (3-3-3, 1-2-2).
Dante D’Aloisio tallied the first Milford goal off an assist from Bonhard, while Matt Villemure notched the second goal off an assist from Noah Gibson. Brian Woigdka then capped the Mavs’ scoring off an assist from Bonhard.