2018-05-10 / Sports

Bad Axe defeats Harbor Beach, leads league soccer title race

By Mike Wilson
Sports Reporter • mwilson@mihomepaper.com

BAD AXE - Bad Axe’s Soccer Coach Adam Sutherland said that defense was the key to their league victory over the Harbor Beach Pirates. “Especially our middle defense, Fitzpatrick and Weitenberner, they’re fast, agile, they play smart, I can’t say enough good things about them, and Coach Sutherland added, our goalie Paige McIntyre is solid and has been tested extensively.”

Bad Axe scored first on a goal by Jena Krug about halfway through the first half, the Hatchets added another goal just before the half when Sara Wehner found the back of the net with her strike.

Trailing 2-0 Harbor Beach got on the board at the 10 minute to go mark when Haylie Essenmacher was able to get the ball in the net. Late in the game Megan Pawlowski’s penalty kick hit the top cross bar sealing the victory for the Hatchets.

Pirates Coach Brian Full er assessed his team’s performance this way, “I think we got rattled giving up the goals the way we did and we seemed to play a bit panicky at times.”


SEBEWAING - Fine defensive play by USA goalie Brook Kolar was not enough to slow down a powerful Bad Axe team. The Hatchets won the match 3-0. SEBEWAING - Fine defensive play by USA goalie Brook Kolar was not enough to slow down a powerful Bad Axe team. The Hatchets won the match 3-0. The victory leaves Bad Axe undefeated in the league while this was Harbor Beach’s first loss of the season.



BAD AXE - Harbor Beach’s Megan Pawlowski battles a tough Bad Axe defense for control of the ball. BAD AXE - Harbor Beach’s Megan Pawlowski battles a tough Bad Axe defense for control of the ball.

SEBEWAING - USA’s Samantha Barriger battles for control of the ball against Bad Axe’s Caitlyn Ruth. SEBEWAING - USA’s Samantha Barriger battles for control of the ball against Bad Axe’s Caitlyn Ruth.

BAD AXE - Bad Axe’s Jena Krug splits the Harbor Beach defense. Krug’s goal with 10 minutes to go in the first half gave the Hatchets a 1-0 lead. 
Photos by Mike Wilson BAD AXE - Bad Axe’s Jena Krug splits the Harbor Beach defense. Krug’s goal with 10 minutes to go in the first half gave the Hatchets a 1-0 lead. Photos by Mike Wilson

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