The Novi Franklin Road Christian boys soccer team improved to 5-2 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference’s Red Division following a 2-1 boys soccer triumph Thursday at home against Taylor Baptist Park.
The Warriors, who outshot the Baptist Park 19-9, tallied the game-winning goal with only five minutes left when Gavin Harris one-time a pass from Jamie Brockway into the back corner on a play initiated off a cross from Evan Lorey.
Meanwhile, Franklin Road also scored back-to-back MIAC victories during a five-day span against Newport Lutheran South.
The Warriors began the second round of division play on Sept. 22 with a 4-2 triumph over the host Saints thanks to Brockway’s natural hat trick.
Franklin Road led 2-1 at halftime as Brockway scored twice with assists going to Harris and Matt Lorey.
Brockway scored again in the second half from Matt Lorey to make it 3-1, while senior midfielder Dennis Cleminte worked hard to create his own shot for the Warriors’ fourth goal.
“Our defense and (goalie) Daniel Weaver played an even better second half by marking offensive players much tighter, keeping them from being too much of a threat,” Franklin Road coach Paul Coombs said. “This time our defense was able to be more consistent and play better together.”
Evan Lorey, a junior, had several scoring chances with one shot ringing off the crossbar.
“Matt and Evan Lorey are brothers playing center midfield who helped maintain control of the game,” Coombs said. “The second half was when we finally started playing together as a team and put pressure on their defense.”
Coombs emptied his bench late in the match and Lutheran South was able to tally its second goal with only six seconds remaining.
“With about 10 minutes left, I replaced the midfield and Jamie with our younger players,” Coombs said. “They haven’t had an opportunity to play this season because we’ve had so many close, tough games. It was a good opportunity for them to get their first experience playing at the varsity level.”
On Sept. 18 at home, Franklin Road jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead before holding on for a 3-2 victory over the Saints.
Brockway scored from Jake Schinzing, while Evan Lorey added the second from Cleminte during the first half.
After Lutheran South cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second half, Gavin Harris scored from Brockway to make it a two-goal cushion again before the Saints answered again.
Lutheran South, however, was not able to score the equalizer.
“There was another breakdown on defense, which allowed them to score again,” Coombs said. “Weaver (in goal) and Blake Johnson (at sweeper) have been able to keep us in most of the games.”
NORTHVILLE 4, SOUTH LYON 0: On Thursday, the first-place Mustangs (11-1, 6-0) overcame a heroic performance in goal by Alex Sicklesteel to best the visiting Lions (2-8, 1-5) in a KLAA Central Division clash at Holzer Field.
Northville jumped out to a 1-0 halftime lead on Felipe McCarthy’s goal.
Jake Rietzloff, Bobby Lubisco (penalty kick) and Matthew Mitchell put the game away with second half goals.
“South Lyon played their hearts out and their goalie (Sicklesteel) was the first star making several saves,” Northville coach Henry Klimes said. “The second half we started to break them down a bit. I thought their midfielder, number 11, Michael Martinez, played hard and played well.”
Northville goalkeeper Evan Treiber posted the shutout.
DETROIT CC 2, DeLaSALLE 0: Second-half goals by Ryan Pierson and Ben Sargent carried Novi Detroit Catholic Central (11-0-1, 3-0) to a Catholic League Central Division victory Thursday over visiting Warren DeLaSalle (4-7-1, 1-2).
Sophomore Jared Lee assisted on Pierson’s game-winner, while Sargent’s insurance goal was unassisted.
CC goalkeeper Peter Kirouac posted his second straight shutout.