The Huskies can take a sigh of relief now.
After three hard losses, the Port Huron Northern boys soccer team left the field on Tuesday enjoying its first victory of the season.
However, this wasn’t just any victory – it was a 4-2 win over crosstown rival Port Huron.
“It feels good, but it’s just a start,” Northern’s Kurtis Obermyer said. “We’ll just build on from there too and keep moving forward.”
Obermyer and fellow senior Jeremy Sayers each had two goals for the Huskies, both coming in the first half.
“Kurtis is one of the best players in the area, bar none,” Huskies head coach Bryan Becker said. “He brings it against every opponent … he’s a complete player.”
While Northern (1-3-0 overall) left the field with bragging rights, Port Huron (1-4-0) got to celebrate first as Ben Wentzel floated in the first goal from 25 yards out on a free kick less than five minutes into the game.
However, the Northern answer came quick – and often.
Just a minute and a half after Wentzel’s perfectly placed free kick, Kurtis Obermyer scored his first goal of the night on a cross from Sayers. Just four minutes after that – with 30 minutes to go in the half – Sayers netted his first on a breakaway.
The attack kept coming as Obermyer scored just three minutes after Sayers’ first goal, making it a 3-1 game on a strike from 20 yards out. With 23:24 left in the half, Sayers scored his second of the night to make it 4-1.
It got interesting late in the second half with Northern’s Billy Fealko taking a red card after a collision with Port Huron goalkeeper Connor Stefanski, who had five saves to that point.
Cole Sanders took over in net for the Big Reds, delivering a big 11 save performance in the second half to keep Port Huron in striking range.
“He’s a baseball player, so he does a good job of getting himself behind the ball,” Port Huron head coach Oliver Glenn said.
Along with the plethora of saves from Sanders, Port Huron also gained momentum with 32:14 left in the game as Max Bade filled the net, making it a 4-2 game.
Despite adding another game in the loss column, Glenn still liked what he saw from his quickly improving team.
“They came out not wanting to lose – last game ended badly and they didn’t want it to happen like that,” Glenn said. “It was nice to see them step up and win that second half.
This is going to give our boys confidence.”