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TOURNEY CHAMPS! The Frankenmuth varsity boys’ soccer team won the Martian Classic Invitational Tournament at Goodrich High School on Saturday, September 6. The Eagles defeated St. Johns in a shoot out, 8-7, to claim the title. ‘Muth is 7-2 overall in the early going of the season.
Eagle kickers win tourney, two league matches
Frankenmuth soccer had a banner week, winning two league matches and capturing a weekend tournament championship in Goodrich.
The Eagles began the run with a trip to North Branch to open TVC East play last Wednesday and used four first half goals to cruise to a 5-1 victory. The Eagles got on the board just 1:07 into the game when Jack Lee drove the right side, beating two defenders on his dribble before centering a ball to Elliott Trombley who promptly fired a shot into the lower right corner of the goal for a quick 1-0 lead.
Frankenmuth continued to control play and scored again at the 20:00 mark when Jake Rummel sent a through ball to a streaking Kyle Schmitzer who took two touches and ripped a shot past the Bronco keeper to make the score 2-0. Just three minutes later Denver Bonkowski took a deep pass from the Eagle end at midfield, and dribbled 25 yards through the North Branch defense unleashing a low shot that was deflected by the NB keeper, but trickled into the net, giving Frankenmuth a three goal cushion.
First half scoring ended when Mitchell Kischnick came up with a loose ball in front of the NB net and sent a low liner into goal for the 4-0 lead at the break.
The Eagles wasted little time getting started again, as less than five minutes into the second half Lee dribbled into the middle of the field and dropped a pass off to Bryce Reinert who used his left foot to put a shot past the beleaguered Bronco keeper, giving the Eagles a comfortable 5-0 lead.
North Branch finally cracked the scoring column at the 50:18 mark when they made a deep run down the right side and fired a crossing pass into middle. Eagle keeper Jakob Baarck came together with a NB player at the ball, but it squirted past him into the net for the final 5-1 margin.
On Saturday, the Eagles traveled to Goodrich for the Martian Classic Invitational Tournament. In the opening round, Frankenmuth got a goal from Kischnick to defeat a talented Genesee Christian squad 1-0. The game was scoreless at the half, but Frankenmuth began to control play as the game progressed, and the tie was finally broken when Lee made a brilliant run down the left side and centered a ball to Kischnick who left-footed it into the goal. It was the Eagles only shot on frame for the game, but thanks to a tenacious defense that also limited Genesee Christian to only one shot, the Eagles emerged victorious and moved on to face Richmond in the second round.
In Saturday’s second game, Frankenmuth duplicated its opening round score with a 1-0 victory over Richmond. Frankenmuth controlled the ball for much of the game but couldn't find the back of the net until Trombley made a deep run into the center of the Richmond defense and snuck a beautiful short through ball to a charging Lee who fired a shot into the goal at the 18:00 mark. Frankenmuth's smothering defense and Baarck preserved the shutout victory, sending the Eagles to the championship game against St. Johns.
Frankenmuth completed their perfect Saturday with an exciting penalty kick shootout victory over the St. Johns Redwings in the championship game. The Eagles had numerous scoring opportunities throughout, but were unable to get solid strikes on the ball, resulting in a scoreless tie at the end of regulation. Baarck in the goal and a tough Eagle defense recorded 180 minutes of shutout soccer over the course of Saturday’s three games. Tournament rules prohibited overtime play, meaning the teams went directly to a shootout to decide the tourney champion.
Both teams sent out five shooters and all responded with goals. Lee, Trombley, Jon Eric Worden, Colton Zimmer, and Kischnick all converted for the Eagles, sending the game to sudden death shootout, where the teams alternate taking PKs until one scores and the other doesn’t. Bonkowski and Rummel answered successful St Johns kicks with pressure filled goals of their own, leaving the PKs tied at 7-7.
Finally, St. Johns missed to the left of the net, putting possible victory in the hands of Eagle sophomore Shafer Webb, who calmly ripped a shot into the right corner of the net for the 8-7 shootout win and the championship trophy for the Eagles.
Frankenmuth Coach John Ayala was pleased after the game, "It was three 60 minute games, a lot of soccer, so we had to use everyone today. All three games were good matches; the game we controlled play the most was actually the championship match, but neither side was able to convert. It's nice to repeat as champions in this tournament after winning it last year."
The busy week concluded Monday as Frankenmuth moved to 2-0 in the TVC East with an 8-0 victory over visiting Lakeville. The Eagles scored just 53 seconds into the game when Zimmer made a steal deep in Lakeville territory, took two dribbles and beat the keeper for a 1-0 Muth lead.
Frankenmuth then went nearly 15 minutes before scoring again when Reinert took a nice pass from Rummel, ripping a low hard shot into net for a 2-0 lead.
At the 26:40 mark Kischnick made a long throw in to Trombley who stepped up to the ball and drove another shot home to make it 3-0. This ignited a flurry of Eagle goals as Kischnick and Trombley hooked up for two more quick goals in the next three minutes to give Frankenmuth a comfortable 5-0 lead. Worden had a highlight worthy goal on a bicycle kick and Reinert added his second score to make it a 7-0 game with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half.
The Eagles then brought keeper Baarck on as a field player, and he wasted no time getting in on the action, scoring just 23 seconds after coming in to provide the final 8-0 margin. The game was called at the half due to the MHSAA "Mercy Rule".
Frankenmuth’s record now stands at 6-2-1 (2-0 TVC East) as they prepare to travel to Caro for a night game on Wednesday, Sept 10.