The last two KLAA South games have been no walk in the “Park” for Livoniaboys soccer team.
On Tuesday night, the Patriots dropped a hard-fought 4-2 decision to host Plymouth in a contest played on the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park’s grass field.
Four nights earlier, also at the “Park”, the Patriots lost to Canton 7-2.
Now 5-5-1 overall and 3-2 in the division, Franklin head coach Vicwas happier with his team’s energy on Tuesday compared to Friday.
“The game against Plymouth was a good battle; it was a physical, hard game,” he said. “We had opportunities to finish, but we didn’t.”
said senior goalkeeper Ryan was worthy of praise following his effort between the posts against Plymouth. The 6-foot-3 goalie stopped eight shots, a couple on the high-end side of difficult.
Ryanprovided most of the offense for the Patriots, scoring both goals – the first on a free kick from about 25 yards out that equalized the game at 1-1 in the second half. After scored again a few moments later, Franklin led 2-1 and it looked like a pivotal road victory was in the cards.
However, the hosts pulled it together and ripped off three straight goals – two by Michael Blake.
Garden City skimmed
Hostmaintained the top spot in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference Monday night when it edged Garden City, 1-0.
The loss dropped the Cougars to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in the WWAC while the Pioneers improved to 3-0 in the league.
“It was a great game,” said Garden City head coach Jeff. “Our guys did a great job executing the game plan, but they scored on kind of a fluky goal with 23 minutes left.
“Other than the goal, we played great defensively. We rarely let them in the box the entire game. We moved Maxwell Frederick to the back and he man-marked their best player, No. 10, and Maxwell did a fantastic job.also played really well.”
Playing with just one forward, the Cougars nearly scored the ice-breaking goal in the first half when Emmanuelroared up the right flank after accepting a pass from James , but his shot was knocked off line with a stellar save by the keeper.
Trojans in slump
lost its third straight game Monday at Edsel Ford, 3-0.
Goalie Jon Murphy made 22 saves and kept the Trojans in it for most of the night with several big stops, according to coach Trevor Johnson.
Jacob Weiss and Nickalso played well for , which slipped to 1-2 in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference and 4-3-1 overall, he added.