Both Marysville and Port Huron Northern had the same idea going into their matchup.
The Vikings and Huskies each wanted to set the tone with offensive energy right off the bat, but it was Marysville who did so to help it to a 2-1 home win.
“It completely change the momentum of the game,” Marysville senior Michael Lansky said. “It really pushed us to play good the rest of the game.”
Lansky opened up the scoring less than four minutes into the game, booting the ball to the back of the net from a tough angle to give Marysville (8-3-2 overall) the early advantage over Northern (3-5-0).
With 20:29 to go in the first half the Vikings doubled their score to 2-0 as Bryan DiNardo took a through ball from Charlie Hall to squeak it past the keeper. The goal brought so much excitement to DiNardo that describing the goal after the game just couldn’t be done.
“I have no clue (how it happened) … so much adrenaline pumping,” DiNardo said with a laugh. “Something clicked, I was just feeling good tonight.”
Also feeling good tonight was Marysville’s defensive backline, who helped goalkeeper Brett Robinson take a shutout all the way into the closing minutes of the game.
“We’ve all been playing soccer for a while so we have a feel of how each other plays,” Marysville’s Alex Chitwood said of the defense. “We can fill in for each other and really it’s just a good relationship all around too.”
After 11 saves from Robinson, the shutout was broken up by Northern’s Jacob Schroll with a penalty kick with 2:21 to go in the game. Thirty seconds after his shot beat Robinson to his right side, Northern had another shot to score again as a Northern free kick sailed across the front of the net. Unfortunately for the Huskies, no one could get to the ball to boot it home.
Despite the loss, the second half was a shining moment for Northern as they pressed for the final quarter of the game.
“I thought we made good second half adjustments,” Northern head coach Bryan Becker said. “We played a strong second half, but unfortunately we weren’t able to score until the very end. If we scored sooner, maybe we could have stretched it out a little more.”
The win was also a much-needed confidence boost for the Vikings, who had a tough 1-0 loss earlier in the week to Lakeshore. After Marysville – a MAC Gold team – proved they have what it takes to beat a MAC Blue team like Northern, they look to get back to the winning habit.
“It will give us a really big morale boost,” Chitwood said. “It’s been a tough last few games, tying Center Line, losing to Roseville and losing to Lake Shore. This will give us a boost.”