By Chris Zadorozny
With school just starting up, the soccer season is doing the same. The Huron Chiefs hosted the Grosse Ile Red Devils on Wednesday afternoon in what turned out to be a back-and-forth match throughout the game.
Huron came out strong early, and although there weren’t many chances in the first 10 minutes, the Red Devils were able to weather the storm and capitalize first. In the end, however, it was the Chiefs who came out on top, 2-1.
Huron Coach Dan Russow was happy with his team’s performance. “On any given day, anybody can beat anybody; it’s just a matter of taking (advantage) of your opportunities,” said Russow.
After recording a few chances in the middle of the first half, Grosse Ile was able to finally score.
Junior Nicholas Hazzard found the back of the net with a low, right shot past Chiefs keeper Tyler Keller in the 39th minute. It wasn’t a hard shot, but it had enough on it to sneak by Keller. It was the only goal Keller would allow, as he was a stone wall the rest of the way.
Just three minutes later, the Chiefs tied it up on an errant rebound from Red Devils keeper Wyatt Garner. A shot ricocheted off of Garner and found it’s way to senior Joseph Georgic who rifled it past the left side of Garner.
The first half ended with more Huron pressure and a few more shots, but no more goals.
The second half was built up to be a fast, competitive half, but it started out slow like the first half. The Chiefs controlled the early part of the second half, as Georgic notched his second goal of the game.
On a breakaway in the 45th minute, he sprinted past four defenders deep into the Red Devils’ zone, as he ripped a low shot, just to the left of Garner. As the game went on, the Chiefs picked up their play, but so did the Red Devils.
In the last 16 minutes of the game, it was all Grosse Ile, as it had chance after chance. Hazzard had two beautiful chances, but both couldn’t find the net. A few more scrambles in front were cause for excitement, but the Chiefs defenders were able to clear it.
“I give them the credit, they outworked us,” said Grosse Ile Coach Mike DeSana. “Every game stands on it’s own, you learn from every game.”
It’s early on in the season, so DeSana knows that his team can learn from the early loss, and hopefully bounce back from it in the next game.
Russow was very proud of his team’s performance today.
“We came out strong in the second half, and down 2-1, they were going for the tying goal. They were pushing hard, they weren’t quitting. I’m proud of the way my guys played; they left it out on the field.”
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