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BOXED IN: Frankenmuth varsity boys’ soccer player Colton Zimmer battles a Caro player during MHSAA District playoff action at home last Monday afternoon. The Eagle kickers, who defeated the Tigers twice during the regular season (7-0 and 7-1), mercied the team 8-0. FHS is 15-4-4 on the season. (News photo)
FHS kickers finish regular season with 8-0 win, open districts with 9-0 win over Caro
The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ soccer team closed out their regular season on a high note with an 8-0 drubbing of Kearsley and continued their hot play into the opening round of the state tournament this week with another 8-0 victory, this time over the Caro Tigers.
The Eagles hosted Kearsley last Wednesday and, as they’ve done in most of their recent matches, jumped out to an early lead when Bryce Reinert sent a through ball to Jack Lee, who received the pass, dribbled and fired a hard shot past the Hornet keeper for a 1-0 lead. Lee was also involved in the second score as he assisted Nathan Zimmerman, who struck a rising liner into the upper left corner of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Just three minutes later, Colton Zimmer made a diagonal pass to Mitch Kischnick, whose tough angle shot found paydirt, giving the Eagles a three goal cushion.
There was a lull in the Eagle onslaught which lasted until the 31 minute mark when Kischnick’s attempted bicycle kick was off target, but ended up on the foot of Julian Brunner who drilled it home for a 4-0 Eagle advantage at the break.
The second half scoring started quickly as Kischnick fed Elliot Trombley out front, who one-touched the pass and ripped a shot into the net just 48 seconds in. Less than two minutes later Zimmer fed Andrew Kaiser, who had moved up front from his customary defensive position, and Kaiser turned and fired a nifty shot past the Hornet keeper for the 6-0 lead.
Kaiser quickly returned the favor, putting a nice pass onto the foot of Zimmer whose goal made it 7-0 at the 46:25 mark and the Eagles ended it at 50:37 when Trombley sent a through ball to Denver Bonkowski who outraced the Kearsley keeper to the ball and popped it over and into the net for the final 8-0 margin.
Monday saw the Eagles host the opening round of District play as the Caro Tigers came to town. Frankenmuth had beaten Caro twice this season by scores of 7-0 and 7-1, but Frankenmuth head coach John Ayala would not allow his team to take this one for granted.
“It's always tough to face the same team three times, especially when the last time was a week ago," Ayala said. "Right now, our other scores don't mean anything."
Apparently the Eagles came ready to play as they scored early and often, jumping out to a 7-0 halftime lead. Bryce Reinert opened the scoring barrage with a slick “mule kick” shot off a nice pass from Colton Zimmer. Zimmer’s big day was just beginning as just 90 seconds later, he pounced on a missed clearing attempt by the Caro defense and sent a header into the net for a 2-0 Eagle lead.
Lee brought the ball down field and sent a cross to Zimmer, whose deft touch with the left foot gave Frankenmuth a 3-0 lead. Kyle Schmitzer added to the Caro misery less than a minute later when his tough angle shot somehow found its way to the back of the net, and the rout was on. Kischnick, who’s developed a knack for sending great crosses in from the right side, did just that to where Zimmer was again waiting to strike a header past the Caro keeper for the 5-0 Eagle advantage. Zimmer closed out his brilliant four-goal day with another goal off a pass from Lee. Reinert got his second score of the day with just under three minutes to play in the first half to make it 7-0 (assisted by Lee), and it appeared Frankenmuth might be able to end the game at halftime, but several nice saves by the Tiger keeper kept the score 7-0 at the break.
It was only a matter of time in the second half, however, before the Eagles would end this contest, and it came about rather quickly as Zimmer orchestrated a beautiful play down deep in Caro territory. He sent a cross in front of the net which was 𠇍ummied” (fake shot attempt) by Reinert before ending up on the foot of Lee who blistered a shot into the Caro net, ending the contest at 41:47 by MHSAA mercy rules.
Frankenmuth’s record stands at 15-4-4 as they prepare to travel to Birch Run Wednesday (Oct. 15) for a rematch with the host Panthers, who the Eagles defeated handily twice this season. Should Frankenmuth advance, they will face the winner of the LakeVille/Garber game on Friday for the District championship. Last year, Garber upset the heavily favored Eagles in District play in an incredible match which saw Garber tie the game with under 10 seconds to play in regulation, and then win it 4-3 on penalty kicks.