A last minute schedule change brought the Harbor Light Christian School Swordsmen to the Sault on a rainy Monday evening. The Blue Devils were off to a good start in the first half with goals by juniors Nick Wood and Jordan Doghmi, making the score 2-0. Head Coach Alan MacArthur noted the team’s efforts. “I thought our transition from defense to offense was good in the first half. Our passing was on and we were pressing the attack.”
Harbor Light countered with a goal of their own to make it 2-1. Nick Wood scored his second goal of the game off a nice pass from sophomore Cameron Gagnon to bring the score up to 3-1. Unfortunately, the momentum turned when Harbor Light scored their second goal, making it 3-2. Harbor Light pressed the Sault’s midfield with their offense scoring their 3rd goal to make it a tied game. Both teams traded scoring chances but it would be Harbor Light that scored the eventual game winning goal with about 10 minutes to go in the game.
“We had 3 really good shots within the last 5 minutes of the game but the Harbor Light Goalkeeper was able to make 3 timely saves to secure the win for the away team. (Freshman) Ethan Clark was in net for the Soo. Ethan really didn’t have a chance on two of those goals. He was screened on one of them and the other was a deflection. This was our third game in five days with one of those games was a school bus trip to Houghton that ended up being an almost 15-hour day. I think we started to fatigue a little in the second half.”
The young but determined team has a number of new players on the roster. “We have a lot to work on. We learn what we need to work on each game we play. You can’t forget that at any given time we have up to 8 first or second year players playing during a game. The lack of experience is going to take time to get to where we need to be.”
The Sault Blue Devils will host the Houghton Gremlins this Saturday at 1:00pm at Van Citters Field.
The team will also host Big Bay De Noc on September 18th at 5:00pm and Escanaba on September 23rd. The Escanaba game will be the team’s annual Cancer awareness game with all proceeds going to Mackenzie Kalchik-Paul.
Photo credit: Katie Wood
Cam Gagnon (10)
Nick Wood (3) Gagnon (10)
Jordan Doghmi (5)
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