When there are three games in a four day span, the whole team needs to be there to make up for the tired legs.
That’s exactly what Port Huron Northern did in their rivalry win over Port Huron, taking the 3-0 victory to make its record 2-0-1 on the week.
On defense the Huskies (5-3-2 overall, 3-1-2 MAC Blue) only allowed one Big Reds shot on net, collapsing on the red jerseys any other time they were even close to the 18 yard box. That wasn’t an easy task either as Port Huron (6-3-1, 4-1-1 MAC Gold) seniors Jon Miller and Jason Mallon are two of the toughest players to contain in the area.
Port Huron Northern junior Jeremy Sayers, center, celebrates scoring a goal with junior James Robertson during a soccer game Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Port Huron Northern High School.
“Garrett Lance did a great job of marking (Miller) … and that was a huge factor in winning tonight’s game,” Northern head coach Bryan Becker said. “Alex Myer took the job of marking Mallon, who is one of the fastest players in the area.”
On offense the Huskies saw goals from three different players, and Port Huron’s defense swept the ball out and stopped a handful of other threats around the net.
It didn’t take long for the scoring to begin as Northern junior Kurtis Obermyer ripped a volley from close range for a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game.
“We knew we had to score the first goal to get momentum,” Obermyer said. “Alex (Mayer) won the ball and I just finished it when it was there.”
What did take long was the next goal, which wasn’t until there was 2:30 left in the first half.
The second Huskies goal, scored by junior Jeremy Sayers on a cross, was set up after junior Nathan Tomlinson fought and hustled his way to getting to the ball near the left sideline in the first place.
“I wasn’t really ready for a cross, I thought he was going to cut across and take a shot,” Sayers said. “But I was in the right spot.”
Huskies senior goalkeeper also could’ve used most the first half to catch up on homework as his only save of the half came with one minute remaining. Big Reds junior goalkeeper Dylan Szatkiewski had four first half saves.
The crosstown rivalry fans had to watch 30 minutes of second half action before the third and final goal of the game. After the Big Reds turned the ball over right outside their 18 yard box, Huskies junior buried a short shot into the net to ice the game at 3-0 with 10 minutes of play left.
“We got outworked,” Port Huron head coach Jeremy Rosenau said. “Typically you hope a big game against Northern can get you out of a funk when you’re in one, and that wasn’t the case.”
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