2017-06-08 / Sports

Patriots, Hatchets, Pirates fall in districts

By Kelly Krager
Editor • kkrager@mihomepaper.com • 989-269-9918


Hatchet Sonja Reichel makes a goal during the second half of Bad Axe’s district semifinal game against Nouvel Thursday at Saginaw Valley Lutheran. 
Photos by Kelly Krager Hatchet Sonja Reichel makes a goal during the second half of Bad Axe’s district semifinal game against Nouvel Thursday at Saginaw Valley Lutheran. Photos by Kelly Krager SAGINAW & MARLETTE - The three local teams who remained in play have ended their seasons in district tournaments last week.

The Unionville-Sebewaing Patriots fell 8-0 in the district final game Saturday against Saginaw Nouvel Catholic.

USA Coach Kevin Kuhl said USA exceeded its goals for the season, and he expects to return several key players next year.

Harbor Beach fell 3-1 to Marlette in the district semifinal Thursday. Justine Roggenbuck opened the scoring for the Pirates with 34:40 to play in the first half with an assist to Megan Pawlowski.

Marlette’s Julia Hohlman answered with 13:21 to play in the half after being played through the Pirate defense.

Marlette’s Allyssa Bradeen made it 2-1 with less than a minute to play in the half with a long shot from 30 yards out. Riley Ford scored the final goal with 14:35 to play to advance to the Red Raiders to the district final.


Patriot keeper Erica Goslin is pummeled by Nouvel players while making a save during Saturday’s district final game at Saginaw Valley Lutheran. Patriot keeper Erica Goslin is pummeled by Nouvel players while making a save during Saturday’s district final game at Saginaw Valley Lutheran. Rebecca Zurek made four saves for the Pirates who finish the season 16-5-1.

Bad Axe lost 4-2 to Nouvel in the district semifinal Thursday, with all Nouvel’s goals scored in the first and all Bad Axe goals scored in the second half. Coach Adam Sutherland said the team changed at halftime.

“We played a little more physical, we got our heads up, and we remembered that we can play with anybody,” Sutherland said. “We saw two goals and they didn’t put another one on the board. When you start playing like you know what you’re doing, good things will happen.”

He said the team will lose some key players, but he has confidence the younger players will become leaders.

“Like with every year, we will have people who will step up. We have freshman who will come in and fill the holes, and it’s a never ending cycle of Bad Axe soccer. We will be competitive every year,” he said.

Bad Axe will lose keeper Alayna Knarian, midfielders Tess McManaman, Sonja Reichel and Cylee Gunn and forward Sara Wehner.

USA will lose Mackenzie Trischler, Maddie Adam, Sara Cooper, Lauren Kolar, Sarah Zube and Chiara Rossitti.

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