Goalkeeper Kurt Kraushaar and Marshall’s defense shut out Battle Creek Central on Monday, as the Redhawks stayed unbeaten through the first four games of the season.
Marshall defeated Battle Creek Central 5-0 in a non-league contest. With the win, the Redhawks improved to 3-0-1 overall.
Cody Clapper and Jeremy Luciani each had two goals for Marshall while Ethan Johnson also scored. Kraushaar, Carter Peak, Noah Coppo, Trace Teincke, Clapper and Swaton were each credited with an assist.
Marshall next hosts defending Division 2 state champion Mason on Wednesday.
Isaac Engelhardt made 14 saves in goal for Battle Creek Central (2-4). The Bearcats kick off Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference play on Wednesday when they host Portage Northern.
MORE BOYS SOCCER
(AT) PENNFIELD 3, COMSTOCK 0: Pennfield improved to 3-1 on the season. Chase Austin netted all three goals, with an assist apiece coming from Keith LeRoux and Charlie Halt. Kevin Browand had 13 saves to earn the shutout for the Panthers.
PLAINWELL 4, HARPER CREEK 0: The Beavers fell to 1-4-1 on the year following the non-conference defeat.
EATON RAPIDS INVITE (SAT.): Coldwater won the Maroon Group of the Division 2 Invitational at the East Lansing Soccer Complex,defeating Stevensville Lakeshore 2-1 in a semifinal before earning a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Haslett in the championship. Against Lakeshore, Mana Ahmed had the team’s lone goal in regulation before the Cardinals won the shootout, 4-3, as Balal Nasser made six saves in goal. In the championship against Haslett, Ahmed scored on an assist from Mohamed Salem. Ahmed then scored on a penalty kick with 3:30 to play. Coldwater is now 6-0 on the season.
CEREAL CITY TOURNEY (SAT.): Marshall won the Silver Division, going 5-1 on the day with wins over Hopkins, Athens, Brooklyn Columbia Central, Three Rivers and St. John. The Redhawks only loss came to eventual Gold Division runner-up Kalamazoo Central. Leading Marshall on the day were Chloe Webber with 38 kills and 15 blocks; Mackenzie Benham with 34 kills; Mackenzie Bonnell with 66 assists; Rachel Rocco with 46 assists; Lindsay Gardner with 42 digs and eight aces; and Nikki Tucker with six aces and 10 blocks.
Coldwater went 1-2-1, losing in the Silver Division quarterfinals to Mt. Pleasant. Leading the Cardinals (12-3-2) on the day were Jasmine Wellet with 19 kills, 35 digs and six aces; Jamie Wellet with 34 assists, 24 digs and seven blocks; Olivia Foley with 33 assists, 31 digs and six aces; Malorie Rzepka with 14 kills; Sam Rodesiler with 24 digs; Drue Mullin with 40 digs and 11 kills; Tyler Scheid with nine kills and six blocks and Isabella Foley with 19 digs.
EAST LANSING 3, PENNFIELD 2: The Panthers fell by scores of 25-13, 15-25, 25-19, 16-25 and 8-15. Leading Pennfield were Jaylyn Shepard, Alicia Lake and Shleby Smyers with eight kills apiece, while Zoey McCleary had 18 assists and Kaitlyn Baird had 10 assists.
(AT) LAKEVIEW 5, MATTAWAN 3: The Spartans improved to 4-1 overall thanks to victories from Jai Banerji (No. 1 singles), Jacob Van Dis (No. 2 singles), Shuma Isobe (No. 3 singles), Vikram Strander and Canyon Upston (No. 2 doubles) and Zach Backer and Adam Schrader (No. 3 doubles).
(AT) GULL LAKE 6, LOY NORRIX 2: Gull Lake used its depth to earn the SMAC East victory, led by wins from Trenton Quartermain (No. 3 singles), Will Weiss (No. 4 singles); Keyshawn Wilson and Danny Keene (No. 1 doubles); Caleb Collard and Caleb Soule (No. 2 doubles); Brad Winka and JT Mansager (No. 3 doubles); and Nate Alpers and Riley Pennock (No. 4 doubles).
GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING
SPARTAN RELAYS (SAT.): Portage Central won the 11-team event with 536 points, placing first in all nine events. Host Battle Creek Central was third with 286, Lakeview was fifth with 260 and Coldwater was 10th with 90. Battle Creek Central’s day was highlighted by a third-place finish in the 1-meter diving relay team with a combined score of 285.50.
MAPLE INVITATIONAL: Coldwater finished runner-up out of six schools with a team score of 419. Leading the Cardinals at Lenewee Country Club were Claire Sheppard (97), Hunter Jenkot (101), Jayla Goodwin (108), Micki Slack (113) and Molly Smith (117).
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